Christopher S. Berdy

Christopher S. Berdy: Attorney with Butler Snow LLP
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  • One Federal Place, 1819 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 1000, Birmingham, AL 35203
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Chris has defended a wide variety of product lines ranging from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to consumer, commercial, and industrial products and manufacturing systems. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers.


•AV- Preeminent Peer Review Rated
Best Lawyers in America
•Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2014-2019
Super Lawyers
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2016-2017
•Alabama Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013-2015
•Leadership Birmingham, Class of 2015

In the News

•Butler Snow Ranked No. 2 in Lex Machina’s ‘Top Law Firm Report’
•106 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•147 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Firm Ranked #2 for 2016 Healthiest Employers by BBJ
•Responsiveness Elevated
•Innovation Elevated
•Leadership Birmingham Announces the Members of its Class of 2014-2015
•On The Move - Berdy

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

•Chapter Co-Author, “Liens and Medicare Secondary Payer Act,” IADC Defense Counsel Training Manual (3d Ed. 2016).
•Co-Author, “Alabama No Longer an Outlier State: Legislature Says ‘No’ To Innovator Liability,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 8 No. 3, December 2015.
•Author, Thinking Bigger: Broadening Regulatory Strategy For New Medical Devices By Planning For Both Regulatory and Reimbursement Approval, Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 8 No. 2, Summer 2015
•Speaker, Strategic Planning for Law Firms: Key Considerations, IADC 2015 Annual Meeting, July 8, 2015.
•Author, Collaboration: Part of the Pharmaceutical Industry’s New Normal, Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 7 No. 2, 25-31, June 2014.
•Co-Author, What Do California, Vermont and Alabama Have in Common? Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 6 No. 3, September 2013.
•Speaker, Alternative Fee Arrangements & Value Billing, IADC 2013 Annual Meeting, July 8, 2013.
•Speaker, The Future of the Legal Services Industry, IADC & FDCC Joint Law Firm Management Conference, May 10, 2013.
•Co-Author, What Do California, Vermont... and Alabama Have In Common?: Innovator-Liability for Brand-Name Prescription Drug Manufacturers, IADC Committee Newsletter (February 2013).
•Co-Author, The Mississippi Supreme Court Issues A Get-Out-of-Jail Card to Unlicensed Engineers Offering Expert Testimony, IADC Committee Newsletter (December 2012).
•Moderator, The Decision to Seek Arbitration - Be Careful What You Wish For..., IADC Annual Meeting (July 2012).
•Moderator, Why Clients Are Demanding Value and What Law Firms Are Doing (or Not) to Meet The Challenge, IADC Midyear Meeting (February 2012).
•Author, Alabama Now Recognizes A Civil Cause of Action for the Wrongful Death of A Non-viable Fetus, IADC Medical Defense & Health Law Committee Newsletter (October 2011).
•Author, Finally...Alabama Makes the Change from Frye to Daubert, IADC Trial Techniques & Tactics Newsletter (July 2011).
•Panelist, Meeting Your Client’s Expectations in Mediation, IADC Midyear Meeting (February 2011).
•Co-Author, Overcoming the Vanishing Trail: A Lawyer’s Skills Are More Vital Than Ever to Success at Mediation, IADC ADR Committee Newsletter (January 2011).
•Co-Author, Kawasaki v. Regal-Beloit: The Supreme Court Resolves the Long-Standing Circuit Split Regarding the Law Applicable to Multimodal Shipping Contracts, IADC Environmental, Energy and Maritime Law Committee Newsletter (December 2010).
•Moderator, Uses of Social Media in Discovery and Trial, IADC Webinar (June 2010).
•Co-Author, The Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007: A Practitioner’s Guide to Resolving Personal Injury Liability Claims by Medicare Beneficiaries, 76 Def. Couns. J. 393 (October 2009).
•Author, Alabama Has a Difference of Opinion: When Does Testimony by an Out-of-State Engineer Constitute the Practice of Engineering? IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter (January 2007).
•Author, What Every Product Manufacturer Needs to Know When Defending a Lawsuit in Alabama, IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter (January 2006).
•Co-Author, The Basics of Applying Daubert and Frye in State Court, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, 21 (April 2003).

Civic Involvement

•Rotary Club of Birmingham, Member
•St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church, Member
•Crippled Children’s Foundation/Monday Morning Quarterback Club, Member
•Troop 28 - Greater Alabama Council (Vulcan District), Assistant Scoutmaster
•Washington & Lee University
•Birmingham Area Chair, Alumni Admissions Program
•Alumni Board, 2015-2018

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Healthcare Regulatory and Transactions
  • Drug and Device Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Device and Healthcare

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(205) 297-2207  Phone
(205) 297-2201  Fax
University Attended:
Washington and Lee University, B.A., Geology/Environmental Studies, 1991
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law, J.D., Deans List, Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Cordell Hull Legal Research and Writing Teaching Fellow, 1996
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. District Courts, Alabama: Northern, Middle and Southern Districts; 1996, Alabama


Alabama Defense Lawyers Association

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Food and Drug Law Institute

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Chair, CLE Committee, (2016-2017)

Chair, In-House & Law Firm Management Committee

Chair, 2014 Annual Meeting CLE Steering Committee

Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Co-Chair, IADC & FDCC Joint Law Firm Management Conference

Appointed Member, Nominating Committee

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society

American Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Experience: Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation; Extensive experience in defending manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices, including developing, coordinating and implementing defense strategy in concurrent federal and state court consolidated proceedings, deposing healthcare providers and expert witnesses, and retention, development of and challenges to expert witnesses. Recent experience includes: In re: Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Sys. Prods. Liability Lit., MDL No. 2327 (S.D.W.V.).; In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Prods. Liability Lit., Coordinated Proceedings: MDL No. 2385 (S.D.IL); Superior Ct., Jud. Dist. of Hartford, CT (Complex Lit. Docket),; Adler, et al. v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharm., Inc., Louis, MO Circuit Ct.; In re: Accutane Lit., Superior Court of N.J., Case Code No. 271.; Products Liability Litigation; Broad experience in defending a wide variety of consumer, commercial and industrial products and manufacturing systems. Recent experience includes: Defended international designer/manufacturer of industrial steel manufacturing system for multi-million dollar property damage claims arising out of massive molten steel spill. Secured summary judgment on product-defect claims.; Successfully defended manufacturer of induction furnace in personal injury/wrongful death claim arising out of furnace explosion.; Successful defense of electronic controls manufacturer in multiple wrongful death claims arising from catastrophic underground mining accidents.; Numerous other product lines defended, including all-terrain vehicles, automobiles, bar sealers, blow mold machines, concrete anchor lifting systems, extruders, hydraulic transfer cars, commercial HVAC systems, kerosene heaters, mobile cranes, PVC pipe, power tools, soot blowers, stainless steel wire rope, televisions and toasters.; Business Disputes; Wide-ranging experience representing publicly-held and privately-owned corporations in enforcing and defending wide-ranging claims involving contractual rights, trade secrets, false advertising and trademark infringement. Recent experience includes: Successfully secured injunctive relief on behalf of national HVAC designer/manufacturer in trade secrets action against competitor.; Represented national paper plate manufacturer in false advertising claims against competing manufacturer arising out of national television advertising campaign.; Represented air ambulance transport services provider in trademark infringement and cybersquatting claims.; Represented national radio station owner in enforcement of non-compete agreement with local radio personality.
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