Christopher A. DeGennaro

Associate

Overview

Christopher DeGennaro is an associate and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP in New York. He is also a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice. Chris has significant trial and alternative dispute resolution experience, having tried civil and criminal cases to verdict and represented corporations in mediations and arbitrations.

Prior to joining Foley, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Kathleen Tomlinson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Before his clerkship, Chris worked at a national law firm where he defended corporations in commercial and aviation litigation as well as regulatory matters. Notably, he secured defense verdicts for international airlines in breach of contract and negligence trials; worked as a member of the joint-damages defense team on behalf of numerous corporate defendants, including a well-known private jet manufacturer, in a complex litigation stemming from a major aviation accident; and successfully represented corporations in penalty enforcement actions before federal agencies.

Earlier in his career, Chris served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, Chris tried multiple cases to verdict (jury and non-jury), presented matters to grand jury panels for indictment, and negotiated hundreds of plea deals.

Education

  • 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)

Admissions

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

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