christopher wimmer, partner

Chris represents clients in complicated, high-stakes disputes. He advocates before trial and appellate courts and arbitration forums on behalf of individuals and entities operating in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and active in the technology, private equity, financial services, and commercial sectors. Chris also dedicates a significant portion of his time to pro bono causes, and publishes articles on mental health issues, criminal sentencing, and civil procedure.

Recent representative matters include:

  • Derivative shareholder suit on behalf of one-third owner of technology company
  • Trademark infringement and tortious interference claims between former business partners
  • Corporate accounting and dissolution action involving EdTech company
  • Breach of commission agreement on IT services contract
  • Breach of retirement agreement brought by former CEO
  • Wrongful misclassification claims brought by group of janitors against national franchisor
  • Civil RICO claims on behalf of hundreds of former students of the Armando Montelongo real estate seminars
  • Supreme Court amicus briefs on behalf of National Police Accountability Project in prisoners’ rights and police brutality cases

Prior to founding Emergent, Chris practiced law with renowned firms in New York and San Francisco, including Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP and Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, focusing on complex litigation. While at Freidman Kaplan, he represented Delphi Corporation in a $2.5 billion lawsuit against its investors. Chris also clerked for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Chris received his J.D. from Columbia University, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Jacquelin A. Swords Scholar, Solomon I. Sklar Scholar, Jacob Berger Fellow, Charles Evans Hughes Fellow, and Greer Fellow, and received the Paul R. Hays Prize and Parker School Certificate in International Law.  He earned a dual B.A. in Molecular & Cell Biology and Rhetoric (with Honors) from the University of California, Berkeley. Chris is admitted to practice law in California and New York. See more on Super Lawyers and LinkedIn, or email him at