Christopher Belter, a senior trial partner at Goldberg Segalla, dedicates his practice to resolving complex commercial, construction, and intellectual property disputes. He has represented clients in courts and arbitration forums in more than a dozen states over the course of his two-decade career, during which he has taken more than 100 trials and arbitrations to verdict or award. He is the Co-Chair of Goldberg Segalla's Business and Commercial Practice Group, a team of 50-plus lawyers practicing throughout the firm's offices in the United States and the United Kingdom, and Chair of its 40-member Construction Practice Group.
In the commercial litigation arena, for which he and his team are ranked in the 2015 Chambers USA Upstate New York directory, Chris has achieved successful outcomes for a broad range of companies in complex disputes involving contractual relationships, misappropriation and fraudulent conveyance, commercial leases, licensing, claims of tortious interference, and other issues. He also defends directors and officers in matters involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and bad faith, as well as claims brought by the FDIC and the SEC.
With experience handling dozens of cases involving claims of trademark and copyright infringement, he is particularly adept at helping companies enforce their intellectual property rights and protect their invaluable brands.
In construction litigation, an area for which he is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Chris handles breach of contract, delay and acceleration, design and construction defect, performance and payment bond, and other high-value claims for contractors, construction managers, and others in connection with large-scale private and public construction projects. He has extensive experience with complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution involving major solar, wind, and other renewable energy projects.
He is a longstanding member of the Commercial Litigation Steering Committee at the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the largest organization of defense attorneys in the country, and a past national Chair of its Construction Committee. He co-authored the New York chapter in DRI's Construction Litigation Desk Reference: A State-by-State Compendium, and he is a frequent speaker to national audiences on minimizing damages in contract disputes, litigation strategies in lawsuits combining business tort and intellectual property claims, and other topics in his areas of concentration.
•United States Air Force Reserve, 1985-1993
•Youth hockey coach
•Notable Practitioner, Chambers USA, Upstate New York General Commercial Litigation 2015
•Best Lawyers in America 2014-2015 (Construction Litigation)
•Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
•Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Commercial Litigation)
•Presenter, “Damage Control: Avoiding or Minimizing Consequential and Liquidated Damages in Contract Disputes, ” Defense Research Institute Business Litigation Seminar, Washington, D.C., May 8-9, 2014
•Presenter, “Damage Control: Avoiding or Minimizing Consequential and Liquidated Damages in Contract Disputes, ” Fall 2013 USLAW Network Client Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 3-5, 2013
•Presenter, Who Can You Trust? Strategies and Pitfalls When Pursuing Lien Law Trust Fund Claims, Commercial Law League of America Spring Meeting and 117th National Convention, Chicago, IL, April 14, 2011
•Co-Author, New York Chapter, Construction Litigation Desk Reference: A State by State Compendium, The DRI Defense Library Series, 2010
•Speaker, The Greening of America - New issues in Construction and Insurance Litigation, DRI Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2009
•Speaker, Chinese Drywall Litigation: Emerging Developments and Legal Theories, DRI Webcast, August 2009
•Co-Author, What Lies Beneath: The Gathering Storm of Chinese Drywall Defect Claims, For the Defense, DRI, June 2009
•Co-Author, Drywall From China Leads to Glut of Claims, Buffalo Law Journal, May 2009
•Co-Author, Diversity Programs: Trends and Strategies for Success, ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer, 2009
•Presenter, Litigation Strategies in a Mixed Business Tort and Intellectual Property Lawsuit, DRI Intellectual Property Seminar on Commercial Litigation, Chicago, IL, 2008
•Program Chair, DRI's Construction Law Seminar, September 2008
•Co-Author, Breaking the Bank(ruptcy Code)? Terminating Surety and Fidelity Bonds, For the Defense, DRI, March 2008
•Author and Presenter, Litigation Strategies in a Mixed Business Tort and Intellectual Property Lawsuit, DRI Intellectual Property Seminar on Commercial Litigation, Chicago, IL, 2008
•Co-Author, Terminating Surety and Fidelity Bonds Upon the Insolvency or Bankruptcy of the Principal, NYSBA NY Business Law Journal, Spring, 2008
•Program Vice Chair, DRI's Construction Law Seminar, September 2007
•Co-Author of chapter, Causes of Action in Construction Defect Litigation, DRI Construction Defect: Claims and Coverage Compendium, 2007
•Author and Presenter, New York's Construction Worksite Safety Law - Bad for Business?, Buffalo Niagara Partnership's Education Seminar Series, 2007
•Author and Presenter, Aggressive Players and Ugly Flops: The Expansion of Deceptive Trade Practice Statutes to Business Torts, DRI Intellectual Property Commercial litigation Committee Seminar, Key Biscayne, FL, 2006
•Lead Editor, Unfair Trade Practice, A Compendium of State Law, DRI's Defense Library Series, 2006
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 21, 2015
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in Legal Elite of Western New York
•Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists Eighteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
August 22, 2014
•Forty-Six Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 11, 2014