People: Christopher F. Robertson, Partner

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Christopher F. Robertson

Partner

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-4989
Fax: (617) 946-4801
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Mr. Robertson is Co-Chair of the National Whistleblower Team and a member of the Complex Litigation, Capital Markets and Investment Management practice areas in the Boston Office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His areas of focus include complex commercial and financial litigation, securities litigation, consumer fraud litigation, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and internal investigations.  He has defended and advised corporations, broker-dealers, investment companies, investment advisers, advertisers and media companies, Internet companies, and their officers and directors in connection with class actions, derivative and private litigation, as well as audits, investigations, arbitrations and litigation commenced by federal and state authorities, self-regulatory organizations, and shareholders.  He has handled matters and tried cases in the federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, state securities and consumer protection agencies, and self-regulatory bodies, including the NYSE, AMEX and NASD.  Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Robertson was Senior Counsel with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., where he investigated and litigated, among others, accounting, insider trading, investment management, corporate misconduct, investment adviser and broker-dealer matters.

Mr. Robertson served as the co-chair of the Securities Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association from 2000 through 2003 and has written and spoken frequently on securities and SEC issues, appearing as a guest commentator on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney on WGBH Television in Boston, WBIX Radio in Framingham, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Hedgeworld Magazine, the Boston Business Journal and Dow Jones.

Mr. Robertson is Co-Chair of the National Whistleblower Team and a member of the Complex Litigation, Capital Markets and Investment Management practice areas in the Boston Office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His areas of focus include complex commercial and financial litigation, securities litigation, consumer fraud litigation, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and internal investigations.  He has defended and advised corporations, broker-dealers, investment companies, investment advisers, advertisers and media companies, Internet companies, and their officers and directors in connection with class actions, derivative and private litigation, as well as audits, investigations, arbitrations and litigation commenced by federal and state authorities, self-regulatory organizations, and shareholders.  He has handled matters and tried cases in the federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, state securities and consumer protection agencies, and self-regulatory bodies, including the NYSE, AMEX and NASD.  Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Robertson was Senior Counsel with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., where he investigated and litigated, among others, accounting, insider trading, investment management, corporate misconduct, investment adviser and broker-dealer matters.

Mr. Robertson served as the co-chair of the Securities Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association from 2000 through 2003 and has written and spoken frequently on securities and SEC issues, appearing as a guest commentator on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney on WGBH Television in Boston, WBIX Radio in Framingham, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Hedgeworld Magazine, the Boston Business Journal and Dow Jones.

Education

  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law (1992)
    cum laude
  • A.B., Harvard University (1987)
    cum laude
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni
  • Boston Bar Association (Former Co-Chair, Securities Law Committee)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New England Chapter of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society (Founding Chair)

Representative Engagements

  • Anita Johnson v. The WellPoint Companies, Inc., ARB Case No. 16-020, ALJ Case No. 2010-SOX--38 (August 31, 2017)
  • Silverwood Partners, LLC v. Wellness Partners, LLC, 91 Mass. App. Ct. 856 (July 25, 2017)
  • Lynn Gorguze Sep. Prop. Trust v. C.L. King & Associates, Inc., FINRA Arb. Case No. 14-02898 (May 8, 2017)
  • V. Adah Nicklin v. C.L. King & Associates, Inc., FINRA Arb. Case No. 15-01121 (April 5, 2017)
  • United States ex rel. Youssef v. Tishman Constr. Corp., 2017 WL 10931190 (S.D.N.Y. March 23, 2017)
  • Silverwood Partners, LLC v. Burgmaier and McCoy, FINRA Arb. Case No. 15-03037 (December 7, 2016)
  • Rodriguez v. Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., FINRA Case No. 14-03171 (February 19, 2016)
  • In re Canopy Financial, Inc., 2015 WL 3505010 (N.D. Ill. June 2, 2015)
  • Slade Gorton & Co. v. HSBC Bank Canada, 2014 WL 4772264 (D. Mass. Sept. 23, 2014)
  • Peeler v. KVH Industries, Inc., 13 F.Supp.3d 1241 (M.D. Fla. April 7, 2014)
  • SDCO St. Martin, Inc. v. City of Marlborough, 5 F.Supp.3d 139 (D. Mass. March 20, 2014)
  • TranSched Systems Limited v. Versyss Transit Solutions, LLC, 2012 WL 1415466 (Del. Super. March 29, 2012)
  • U.S. ex rel. Crennan v. Dell Marketing L.P., 711 F.Supp.2d 157 (D. Mass. 2010)
  • Kennedy v. ITV Direct, Inc., 2009 WL 1272098 (D. Minn. May 4, 2009)
  • Transched Systems Ltd. v. Versyss Transit Solutions, LLC, 2008 Del. Super. LEXIS 120 (Del. Super. Ct. April 2, 2008)
  • Triple I International Investments, Inc. v. K2 Unlimited, Inc., 287 Fed.Appx. 63 (11th Cir. 2008)
  • Federal Trade Commission v. Direct Marketing Concepts, 569 F.S.2d 285 (D. Mass. 2008)
  • Wellness Publishing v. Barefoot, 2008-1 Trade Cases ¶ 76,040 (D.N.J. 2008)
  • SD99 Inc. v. ASA International, Ltd., 2007 WL 952046 (W.D.N.Y. 2007)
  • Waters v. EarthLink, Inc., 2006 WL 1843583 (Mass. Super. June 19, 2006)
  • Organ v. Byron, 435 F. Supp. 2d 388 (D. Del. 2006)
  • Finance & Trading Ltd. v. Rhodia S.A., 28 A.D.2d 346, 816 N.Y.S.2d 7 (1st Dept. 2006)
  • Kristian v. Comcast Corp., 446 F.3d 25 (1st Cir. 2006)
  • Waters v. EarthLink, Inc., 2006 WL 1549685 (Mass. Super. May 10, 2006)
  • Federal Trade Commission v. Direct Marketing Concepts, Inc., 2006-1 Trade Cases (CCH) ¶ 75129 (D. Mass. Jan. 19, 2006)
  • Organ v. Byron, 434 F. Supp. 2d 539 (N.D. Ill. 2005)
  • In re Lernout & Hauspie Securities Litigation, 2002 WL 31662595 (D. Mass. Nov. 18, 2002)
  • Lancer Offshore, Inc. v. Dominion Income Management Corp., 2002 Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH) 91,737 (S.D.N.Y. March 20, 2002)
  • Bearse v. Main Street Investments, 170 F. Supp. 2d 107 (D. Mass. 2001)
  • Carney v. Cambridge Technology Partners, Inc., 135 F. Supp. 2d 235 (D. Mass. 2001)
  • HarbourVest Int’l Private Equity Partners II-Direct Fund, L.P. v. Axent Technologies, Inc., 12 Mass. L. Rptr. 323 (Mass. Super. Ct., Suffolk Co. 2000)
  • Pacheco v. Cambridge Technology Partners (Massachusetts), Inc., 85 F. Supp. 2d 69 (D. Mass. 2000)

Presentations

  • Panelist, "EB-5 & Securities: Enforcement & Compliance Trends," 5th Annual EB-5 Market Exchange, IIUSA, Dallas, TX (October 22, 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Recent SEC EB-5 Enforcement Initiatives”, ILW.COM Roundtable (July 14, 2015)
  • Panelist, “FCPA and Anti-Trust for Small Law,” ACC Annual Meeting (New Orleans, October 2014)
  • “The Language of Business - Episode 7,” The Language of Business (October 9, 2013)
  • Panelist, “Dodd-Frank -- Interactive Dialogue with the Experts,” MCLE Annual Employment Law 2011 Conference (Boston, December 9, 2011)
  • Panelist, “Corporate Fraud,” Chicago Bar Association (Chicago, June 2011)
  • “Will Internal Compliance Requirements Strengthen or Weaken the Law?” Institutional Investor Educational Foundation Whistleblower Conference (May 10, 2011)
  • Panelist, “Considerations for Whistleblowers,” Voices for Corporate Responsibility (Washington, May 2011)
  • “The SEC’s New Regulations to Dodd-Frank: Whistleblowing on Steroids,” EthicsPoint webinar (April 28, 2011)
  • Panelist, “The Stakes Are Up: Dodd-Frank Legislation's Impact on SOX Whistleblower Litigation,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter, Boston (March 2011)
  • “Whistleblower Claims Under the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts,” Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing (February 16, 2011)
  • Panelist "Insider Trading - What You Need to Know Now" Sage Tree Seminars Webinar (December 14, 2010)
  • Panelist "Preparing for Compliance with the Investment Advisers Act" Sage Tree Seminars (Boston, Massachusetts, New York, New York and Dallas, Texas Fall 2010)
  • “Human Resources Issues Under Sarbanes-Oxley,” Greater Boston Human Resources Society Animal Conference, presented by Greater Boston Human Resources Society, Boston, MA (2008)
  • “Sarbanes-Oxley Issues in the Hospitality Industry,” Meeting Professionals International New England Chapter (April 2007)
  • “Sarbanes-Oxley Issues Affecting Private Companies,” Business Roundtable, Boston (2006)
  • “Recent Developments in the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Consumer Agreements,” Boston Bar Association (October 2005)
  • Panelist, “Insurance Issues Arising from the U.S. Mutual Fund and Market Investigations,” Beachcroft Wansbroughs, London, England (November 2004)
  • “Lessons Learned from the Market Timing and Late Trading Investigations,” Boston Fixed Income Management Society (November 18, 2004)
  • Panelist, “Corporate Governance Update – Governing in the Shadow of Scandal,” Boston Bar Association (April 5, 2004)
  • Program Co-Chair and Faculty, “Litigating in the Wake of the Enron Flood - Understanding New Litigation and Regulatory Issues a Year After the Sarbanes-Oxley Act” MCLE (July 29, 2003)
  • Program Co-Chair and Faculty, “Corporate Governance After Sarbanes-Oxley,” Boston Bar Association (December 5, 2002)
  • Program Co-Chair and Faculty, “Issues in International Transactions,” Boston Bar Association (May 30, 2002)
  • Planning Committee and Federal Panel Chair, “Corporate Law 2001, Director Duties and Audit Committee Responsibilities Revisited,” Boston Bar Association (May 17, 2001)

Publications

Accolades

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2009)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2007)