Christian Reigstad joined Ropes & Gray in 2017 as an associate in the litigation department. Christian has a broad-based litigation practice, which includes litigation over M&A and corporate control matters, securities, fraud, and class action litigation, antitrust cases, and complex commercial disputes. His clients have included private equity firms, software companies, insurance and claims management companies, and individual officers and directors. He has successfully represented clients in both state and federal courts, and has won cases at all stages of litigation.
Prior to joining the firm, Christian was a litigation associate at a major international law firm. During law school, he was a staff editor for the Columbia Journal of European Law and worked as a judicial extern for Judge Christopher A. Boyko of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
- Obtained dismissal of $1 billion dollars in fraudulent conveyance claims as lead defense counsel for shareholders that invested in a major publicly-traded fashion company prior to its leveraged buyout and subsequent bankruptcy.
- Represented a private equity firm in federal securities litigation arising from its investment in a publicly-traded medical device company, securing complete dismissal of claims brought against the client.
- Secured court confirmation of a critical arbitration award for real estate development firm concerning a joint venture project to build a 33-story hotel and residential building in Manhattan.
- Served as trial counsel for the largest unsecured creditor in expedited bankruptcy proceeding regarding the allocation of hundreds of millions of dollars in administrative expenses among the debtor entities.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray:
- Represented leading software company in statutory appraisal action brought by hedge fund seeking nearly $200 million in damages. Delaware Chancery Court awarded the hedge fund zero damages after a four-day bench trial.
- Represented major auto glass repair and claims management company in First Amendment and dormant Commerce Clause suit brought against a state Department of Commerce. Federal court granted summary judgment against the State on First Amendment grounds.
- Represented former directors of large telecommunications company in suit brought by an investment fund challenging a multi-billion dollar merger between the company and its majority stockholder. The fund dismissed all of the directors from the case with prejudice following the close of fact discovery for no money damages.
- Represented the defendant in a rare “original jurisdiction” action before the United States Supreme Court regarding the equitable apportionment of interstate waters. Following a five week bench trial the Special Master presiding over the dispute recommended denying the plaintiff’s request for relief in its entirety.
- Co-author, “Chancery Court revisits fair value analysis in AOL appraisal action,” International Law Office Corporate Finance/M&A Newsletter (April 10, 2019)
- Co-author, “Recent Rulings Reaffirm Courts’ High Degree of Deference to Arbitration Process,” The New York Law Journal (March 15, 2019)
- JD, Columbia Law School, 2012; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Staff Editor, Columbia Journal of European Law
- BA (Political Science), SUNY Geneseo, 2009; Pi Sigma Alpha
Admissions / Qualifications
- New York, 2013
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2018
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2014
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2013