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Christopher Seamus Finnerty

Antitrust and trade law Attorney at Boston, MA

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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2003
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Christopher S. Finnerty is an attorney in Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough's Intellectual Property Practice Group.  Mr. Finnerty represents clients in antitrust, distribution, Internet and intellectual property matters. He serves as antitrust counsel to both national and international corporations, advising on both legal and practical aspects of distribution. He concentrates his practice in the design and implementation of distribution strategies, with resale price maintenance strategies such as unilateral or "Colgate" policies for companies with annual sales ranging from $10 million to $5 billion. Mr. Finnerty routinely negotiates national and international distribution contracts for manufacturers.

Mr. Finnerty's intellectual property practice includes trademark and copyright infringement litigation and advice regarding intellectual property dilution over the Internet. Specifically, Mr. Finnerty helps companies devise strategies to limit unauthorized resale of their products and importation of counterfeit products by targeting both consumer web sites (such as eBay) and business-to-business web sites (such as DHGate). The Brand Equity and Strategic Distribution group has working relationships with more than 100 of the world’s largest consumer and business-to-business web sites, in an effort to limit the grey market and eliminate counterfeit sales. Mr. Finnerty has more than five years of online monitoring experience with a focus on the eBay marketplace. He assists companies with the early detection and suppression of online counterfeits as well as providing companies with the tools to protect their distribution strategies and enforce their intellectual property rights.

Mr. Finnerty's team has created a unique approach to combating the issues that arise on eBay by combining proprietary software and a knowledge of worldwide intellectual property laws. The number of auctions shut down on eBay by WolfBlock's Boston team in a year averages 15,000 per company. In addition to simply shutting down auctions, Mr. Finnerty has worked to identify marketplace trends and has successfully pursued litigation against the biggest sellers.

Representative clients of Mr. Finnerty include GN Netcom, Inc., Corsa Performance and the Roll-N-Lock Corporation.

Mr. Finnerty is a member of the Section of Antitrust Law of both the American Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association.

Mr. Finnerty is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Gettysburg College.


K&L Gates
State Street Financial Center
One Lincoln Street
Boston, MA, 02111-2950


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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2008
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Chris is an exceptional attorney with an intuitive understanding of the business. He is an endless font of creative solutions and a very skilled advocate. I was amazed that Chris was able to quickly obtain multiple substantial settlements from other parties in cases that would have gotten bogged down with senior partners at other firms. In one year alone, the settlements that he was able to bring in paid for several years worth of his legal fees. Chris can go from zero to sixty on a new issue in moments and deftly balances multiple clients and legal challenges. He carefully manages legal costs and is very respectful of client needs. Chris is always available when I need him and can work well with everyone from a general counsel and senior executives to paralegals and junior lawyers.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • K&L Gates
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wolf Block
  • 2006 - 2009


  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Gettysburg College
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bose Corporation V. MTF Mainland Distributors
  • Roger Cleveland Golf Company v. Yuedragon Casting Company


  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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  • Inside Counsel
  • Leegin: Consumer Friend, Consumer Foe, or Manufacturer Opportunity?
  • 2007
  • Industry Week
  • Resale Price Maintenance and Long Term Distribution Strategy
  • 2007
  • PWA & PAR Newsline
  • A Leegin UP on Colgate
  • 2007
  • PWA & PAR Newsline
  • Ever Evolving Marketplace
  • 2006
  • PWA & PAR Newsline
  • M.A.P Unwrapped
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Specialized Equipment Manufacturing Association
  • Unilateral Policies
  • 2007

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Boston Antitrust and trade law Lawyer Christopher Seamus Finnerty
Christopher Seamus Finnerty
Antitrust and trade law Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 20 years