Christopher Escobedo Hart

Counsel - Boston

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617.832.1232

617.832.7000

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Chris Hart’s practice centers on three areas: civil commercial and business litigation, data privacy and cybersecurity, and representation of foreign sovereigns in U.S. courts and international tribunals. As an experienced litigator, Chris has represented Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, individuals, and sovereign nations in a wide variety of contexts for over a decade. As a civil litigator in U.S. courts, Chris’s experience is both broad and deep, having helped obtain successful outcomes for clients both before, at, and after trial. He has, for example, defended national law firms against allegations of legal malpractice and employment discrimination; represented sovereign nations against private litigants; defended large corporations in patent infringement suits; and defended against large and complex claims arising out of lengthy construction contracts. Chris has represented sovereign nations in international tribunals, private companies in state and federal administrative proceedings, individuals and companies involved in law enforcement investigations, and defendants in criminal courts. He is also an experienced appellate litigator, having briefed and argued cases in state and federal appeals courts throughout the country, including arguing before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

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Education:

  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2005
  • Saint Johns College, M.A., 2002
  • Harvard University, B.A., 2000

Languages:

Spanish

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended a national law firm against a claim of legal malpractice.
  • Represented an owner/client in a multi-million construction contract dispute.
  • Represented a brand drug manufacturer in patent litigation.
  • Represented a global energy company in toxic tort litigation.
  • Represent employers and employees in both employment discrimination and employment contract matters.

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct professor at Northeastern University, currently teaching in the Doctorate of Law and Public Policy Program.
  • Judicial law clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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Honors

  • As an associate at his previous law firm, Chris’ work as the lead lawyer on a civil rights pro bono matter won recognition from the Washington Lawyers' Committee, which honored him and the firm for work in obtaining a significant settlement in that case.

Involvement

  • Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
  • Fellow, Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program, 2015-16
  • 2014-15, Editor-in-Chief, Federal Bar Association (Massachusetts Chapter) Newsletter (winner of national “Outstanding Newsletter” award)
  • Co-Chair, Federal Bar Association International Law Committee
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Section - Co-Chair, Mentoring Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association (Massachusetts Chapter) Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief
  • Fellow, The Partnership, Inc.
  • Member, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Advisory Council
  • Speaker, “Cyber Security Belongs in the C-Suite: Are you ready?,” Information Systems Security Association, New England Chapter Meeting (September 2016) 
  • Moderator, “What is Reasonable in Cybersecurity? Responsibility and Accountability for Cybersecurity Practices,” Advanced Cyber Security Center Conference (November 2015)
  • Moderator, Women in Entrepreneurship “Cybersecurity 101” Panel (May 2015)
  • Panelist, "How to Approach the 'Bring Your Own Device,'" Advanced Cyber Security Conference (November 2014) 
  • Panelist, American Constitution Society (New England School of Law Chapter), Constitutional Interpretation (April 2014)
  • Speaker, "Cyber Risk & Liability: Privacy & Data Security Risk Management," Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Summit (March 2014)
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts