Chris Ogiba is a versatile litigator who focuses on high stakes matters for a variety of institutional, corporate, and individual clients. He is a go-to trial attorney for several Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, retail entities, construction firms, industrial concerns, and real estate developers.

Overview

Chris is an experienced civil litigator and trial attorney who has successfully represented a wide variety of clients in state and federal court and in arbitrations. As the chair of the firm’s Charleston Litigation group, Chris is supported by a smart and creative team of professionals and is adept at scaling up or down as the needs of a particular engagement demand. Chris also advises his clients of the most efficient and least painful methods of resolving their disputes.

Chris has more than two decades of experience representing financial institutions, investment firms, technology companies, professional services networks, accounting and auditing firms, third-party human resource and administrative companies, manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer products, construction and bonding companies, retirement communities, real estate developers, and property owners’ associations. Chris has tried more than two dozen cases to verdict in a variety of venues in several jurisdictions along the East Coast.

Notable

Notable

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2020-2023; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2022-2023; Construction Law, 2023; Employment Law - Management, 2023; Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2023; Litigation - Construction, 2023; Litigation - Real Estate, 2023; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action - Defendants, 2023
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (2019-Present)
  • Charleston Business Magazine 2021 Legal Elite, Business Litigation, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Stars," Business Litigation, 2014
  • Appointed to the Charleston Firefighter Memorial Commission
  • Member, Charleston Contractors’ Association
  • Member, South Carolina Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and Charleston Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor of Law and Legal Process, The Citadel
  • Note Editor, Cornell Law Review
  • Chair – The Charleston Catholic School Advisory Board

  • Coach, Middle School Girls’ Basketball

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Education

J.D., Cornell Law School, 1999, cum laude

B.A., Haverford College, 1996

Admissions

  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2003
  • South Carolina, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2000
  • Massachusetts, 1999
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Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2020-2023; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2022-2023; Construction Law, 2023; Employment Law - Management, 2023; Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2023; Litigation - Construction, 2023; Litigation - Real Estate, 2023; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action - Defendants, 2023

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