Christopher A. DeGennaro



Christopher DeGennaro is an associate and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP in New York. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and represents large corporations, small businesses and individuals in a wide variety of litigation areas in state and federal courts throughout the country. Chris has significant trial and alternative dispute resolution experience, having tried civil and criminal cases to verdict and represented clients in mediations and arbitrations. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.

Prior to joining Foley, Chris clerked for the Honorable A. Kathleen Tomlinson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Before clerking, Chris worked at a national law firm where he defended corporations in commercial and aviation litigation. Earlier in his career, Chris served as an assistant district attorney with the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office.

Chris devotes considerable time to various pro bono efforts. Notably, Chris pioneered the firm’s legal services partnership with Black Connect, a national non-profit organization focused on eliminating the racial wealth gap in America by increasing the number and success rate of black-owned businesses.

Chris’ recent matters include representing, defending, and/or counseling:

  • Fortune 500 company food manufacturer in contract arbitration against former distributor
  • Transportation holdings company in business tort and breach of contract litigation
  • Global logistics company in M&A litigation
  • Healthcare consulting firm in M&A litigation
  • International law firm in rent abatement action against commercial landlord
  • National pharmacy chains in consumer products class actions
  • Major hedge funds in connection with employment matters and litigation


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY (J.D., 2015)
    • Fordham International Law Journal: Associate Editor (2014-2015); Staff (2013-2014)
    • William M. Tendy Federal Trial Competition: Champion and Best Advocate (2015)
    • Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Team: Interschool and Intraschool Competitor (2013-2015)
    • Academic Scholarship Recipient (2012-2015)
    • Dean’s List (2014-2015)
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (B.A., Philosophy; Educational Studies, cum laude, 2011)
    • Dean’s List (2008-2011)


  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey