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Christopher S. Dodrill

Christopher S. Dodrill has deep experience litigating complicated cases across a variety of industries. He has represented corporate, government, and individual clients, at all stages of litigation, in commercial disputes, business torts, financial institution litigation, legal malpractice defense, and internal investigations.

Previously a senior lawyer in the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Chris has advised officials at the highest levels of state government. His experience includes supervising litigation involving the administration of the state Medicaid program, services for children and families, public employee grievances, public health issues, state licensing and regulatory boards, and management of state psychiatric hospitals.

Chris is also an experienced appellate lawyer. For nearly two years, he handled criminal appellate matters for the state of West Virginia, briefing more than 50 cases in federal and state courts and arguing 14 times before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

Capabilities

Experience

Breach of Contract/Commercial Litigation

  • Represented national power equipment repair company in commercial lease dispute.°
  • Represented major coal company in $20 million breach of contract dispute brought by regional electric power company.°
  • Represent various companies in pursuing recovery for breaches of representations and warranties contained in purchase agreements.

Professional Liability Defense

  • Defended international law firm against legal malpractice claims brought by former clients in the rendering of tax advice.°
  • Defended international law firm against legal malpractice claims brought by former clients as a result of IP litigation.°

Trade Secrets Litigation

  • Represent software company in claim of trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement.

Products Liability Defense

  • Represented automotive parts manufacturer in product liability actions.°
  • Represent dry ice manufacturer in lawsuit involving claims of defective product.

Internal Investigations

  • Conducted internal investigation for corporate client amid federal False Claims Act (FCA) allegations.°
  • Participated in internal investigation for national pharmacy chain.°

Consumer Litigation

  • Defended financial institutions and retailers in commercial litigation brought under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.°
  • Represent national mortgage lenders and servicers against borrowers in foreclosure avoidance disputes.
  • Represent trust company against putative class action alleging fraud.

Franchisor-Franchisee Litigation

  • Represented automotive manufacture in $18 million action brought by former franchisee alleging improper termination.°

Governmental Programs Litigation

  • Defended the State of West Virginia against challenges to the validity of its Medicaid managed care contracts and preferred drug list.°
  • Represented the State of West Virginia against allegations of civil rights violations asserted by the U.S. Department of Justice.°
  • Defended the State of West Virginia in decades-long institutional reform litigation brought against state psychiatric facilities.°
  • Counseled West Virginia professional licensing boards in disciplinary matters against licensed professionals.°

Pro Bono/Appointed Cases

  • Appointed to defend indigent individuals alleged to have committed federal crimes, both in federal district court and the court of appeals.°
  • Represented indigent litigant in appeal to the Supreme Court of Texas.

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Dodrill prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Deputy Attorney General, West Virginia, 2013-2016
  • City Councilman, Charleston, West Virginia, 2011-2015
  • Surface Warfare Officer, U.S. Navy, 2001-2005

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Ohio Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2019

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Duke University School of Law
    • Articles Editor, Law & Contemporary Problems
    • Smith-Mordecai Scholar
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.S., with merit, U.S. Naval Academy
Clerkships
  • Hon. Joseph R. Goodwin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Hon. Robert B. King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Admissions
  • Texas
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States