Christopher Escobedo Hart

Counsel, Co-Chair, Privacy & Data Security Practice - Boston

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With significant trial litigation, appellate advocacy and data privacy and security experience, Chris Hart has counseled and represented sovereign nations, Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, non-profits, and individuals in a wide variety of contexts for over a decade. He represents clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, argues in appellate courts across the country, including successfully before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court; and advocates on behalf of clients in federal and state courts nationwide. He also frequently represents clients in significant internal investigations.

As a civil litigator in U.S. courts, Chris has helped obtain successful outcomes for clients before, during and after trial. He has successfully defended national law firms against allegations of legal malpractice and employment discrimination; represented sovereign nations in high-stakes suits brought by private litigants; defended large corporations in patent infringement suits; defended against large and complex claims arising out of lengthy construction contracts; and challenged state and federal administrative actions.Chris also represents companies and individuals in investigations brought by federal and local law enforcement authorities, including the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s office.

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Education:

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

Languages:

Spanish

Representative Experience

  • Successfully obtained a full recovery for a major international investment firm that suffered a multi-million dollar loss in a payment fraud hack.
  • Represented Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, Inc., in amicus filings before the Supreme Court, 4th and 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and District of Hawai’i, in State of Hawai’i v. Donald Trump.
  • Successfully obtained reversal from the Massachusetts Appeals Court of an adverse ruling against a tenant against the Boston Housing Authority.
  • In Skye Ventures v. the Republic of Venezuela, successfully defended against a multi-million dollar claim against the government of Venezuela as part of a trial team in federal court.
  • In Arch Trading v. Republic of Ecuador, a case under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, member of a team that successfully defended Ecuador in the Southern District of New York (with an affirmance in the Second Circuit) against a multi-million dollar claim.
  • In Ray v. Ropes & Gray, member of a team that successfully defended Ropes & Gray in an employment discrimination suit, obtaining a favorable jury verdict and First Circuit affirmance.
  • 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

  • “Lawyer of the Year,” Boston University Latino American Law Student Association, 2018
  • Friend of Justice Award, Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017 (for outstanding pro bono advocacy)
  • JD Supra “Readers’ Choice Award,” 2017 (for being a “top author” in the field of cybersecurity)
  • Outstanding Newsletter Award, Massachusetts Chapter, Federal Bar Association, 2015 (for work as Editor-in-Chief of the chapter newsletter)
  • 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

  • Vice Chair (Publications), American Bar Association Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Rights Committee (2019-2020)
  • Member, BBA Beacon Award Selection Committee (2018, 2019)
  • Advisory Board, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Privacy Bar Section (2019-present) 
  • Co-Chair, BBA Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee (2018 - present)
  • Co-Chair, Mentoring Committee, BBA Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee (2016-2018)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
  • Fellow, Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program (2015-2016)
  • Co-Chair, Federal Bar Association International Law Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association (Massachusetts Chapter) Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief (2015)
  • Fellow, The Partnership, Inc.
  • Advisory Board, Trustees of Reservations
  • Board of Overseers, Beth Israel Deaconess-Milton
  • Town of Milton:  Warrant Committee member, elected Town Meeting member
  • “Life in the Fast Lane: Cruising Through the CCPA’s Draft Regulations,“ Podcast: Volume Two (November 2019)
  • “Welcome to the Hotel California (Consumer Privacy Act): You can check out any time you’d like, but you may still be liable,“ Podcast: Volume One  (August 2019)
  • Speaker, “Cybersecurity Regulation and Enforcement,” Foley Hoag Webinar (October 2019) 
  • Speaker, “New Massachusetts Data Breach Law Update,” Webinar, AIM - Associated Industries of Massachusetts (June 2019) 
  • Panelist, “Exploring Transatlantic Data Privacy:  GDPR,” Suffolk University Law School, Transnational Law Review Symposium (March 2018)
  • Speaker, "CyberRisk - Why the CFO Needs to Take Charge," LicataRisk Advisors (June 2017) 
  • 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. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia 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