Christopher D. Stock

Founding Partner

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VCard: Christopher D. Stock

Chris Stock, a firm founding member, focuses his litigation practice on complex commercial litigation, including securities and antitrust class actions.
Beyond his legal practice, Chris has worked extensively with both start-up and existing firms to develop and operationalize new business models and/or revenue opportunities.
Chris has successfully collaborated with a variety of partners to develop business plans and structures, deal terms and economic forecasting. He has also provided firms with due diligence assessments, management consulting, and access to capital. For example, Chris pulled together a diverse group of professionals to develop a fully-licensed insurance company aimed at providing a full complement of coverages for hard-to-place risk classes both domestically and internationally. He has also worked with manufacturing, energy, and logistics/distribution firms to create new product silos, or, in some cases, entirely new supply chains.
Chris has also developed an extensive marijuana law and policy practice, consulting with numerous public and private entities on how best to address the myriad challenges and opportunities associated with the burgeoning marijuana industry. Having drafted legislation and several constitutional amendments regarding various aspects of marijuana legalization, Chris has become a leading voice nationally on the interplay between the public health, public safety, and commercial interests surrounding this issue.

Christopher D. Stock

Founding Partner

Chris Stock, a firm founding member, focuses his litigation practice on complex commercial litigation, including securities and antitrust class actions.

Beyond his legal practice, Chris has worked extensively with both start-up and existing firms to develop and operationalize new business models and/or revenue opportunities.

Chris has successfully collaborated with a variety of partners to develop business plans and structures, deal terms and economic forecasting. He has also provided firms with due diligence assessments, management consulting, and access to capital. For example, Chris pulled together a diverse group of professionals to develop a fully-licensed insurance company aimed at providing a full complement of coverages for hard-to-place risk classes both domestically and internationally. He has also worked with manufacturing, energy, and logistics/distribution firms to create new product silos, or, in some cases, entirely new supply chains.

513.665.0202

F: 513.665.0219

cstock@msdlegal.com

VCard: Christopher D. Stock

Chris has also developed an extensive marijuana law and policy practice, consulting with numerous public and private entities on how best to address the myriad challenges and opportunities associated with the burgeoning marijuana industry. Having drafted legislation and several constitutional amendments regarding various aspects of marijuana legalization, Chris has become a leading voice nationally on the interplay between the public health, public safety, and commercial interests surrounding this issue.

DEFINING MOMENT

“As simple as it sounds, I’ve learned that, in many cases, you can create an advantage for your clients simply by outworking the other side. I’m a firm believer in the old adage that ‘good enough isn’t good enough.’ When you pay attention to detail and take pride in your work product, good things tend to happen.”

MOTIVATING FACTOR

“At the risk of sounding cliché, I’m truly humbled by the team we’ve put together at MSD. I appreciate the camaraderie here. I thrive on the daily intellectual challenges. And I’m fiercely proud of the service we provide to our clients. In my view, the real joy in both law and business is finding solutions to seemingly intractable problems – and doing it with a team of professionals you respect and admire.”

CREATING VICTORY

“I have learned that self-doubt is an incredibly important tool for me as a litigator. In its early stages, I spend an extraordinary amount of time questioning the foundational elements of our case. What am I missing? Where are the cracks, and how would I exploit them? Are our assumptions supported by fact? Are our theories supported by law? This process gives me a chance to understand – and even neutralize – an opposing party’s arguments from the beginning.”

In my view, the real joy in both law and business is finding solutions to seemingly intractable problems – and doing it with a team of professionals you respect and admire.”

"In my view, the real joy in both law and business is finding solutions to seemingly intractable problems – and doing it with a team of professionals you respect and admire.”

EDUCATION

The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D. (2002)
The Ohio State University, B.A. (1997)

CREDENTIALS

Courts Admitted:
  • State of Ohio (2002)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio (2003)
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ohio (2003)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (2007)
Chris has received multiple designations as an Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” and has been included in the 2017 and 2018 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America.
Chris was asked by the Speaker of the Ohio House to serve on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Task Force.

SIGNIFICANT CASES

In re Fannie Mae Securities Litigation, Case No. 1:04-cv-1639 (D.D.C.).  Represented Ohio public pension funds as Lead Plaintiffs in Section 10b-5 securities class action litigation. MSD settled this case for $153 million, one of the largest securities class action settlements in history.
Ohio Public Employees Retirement System v. Freddie Mac, et al., Case No. 4:08-cv-160 (N.D. Ohio).  Representing Ohio public pension funds as Lead Plaintiffs in Section 10b-5 securities class action litigation.
Williams v. Duke Energy, Case No.: 1:08-CV-00046 (S.D. Ohio). Represented class of energy consumers against energy provider in complex antitrust and RICO class action. The case settled for approximately $80 million.
Slaby v. Wilson, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Lead trial counsel representing two private individuals who were falsely accused by a County Commissioner of murdering their child and covering up the child’s death (as well as sexual abuse of child).
Kelci Stringer, et al. v. National Football League, et al., United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Western Division. Represented professional football player against NFL and helmet manufacturer in wrongful death/products liability litigation related to professional football player’s death.
Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Western Division. Represented former Congressman in defamation action against organization who published false statements about former Congressman’s voting record and alleged influence over organization’s commercial activities.
Mitchell v. Esparza, Case No. 02-1369 (United States Supreme Court). Obtained summary reversal of Sixth Circuit decision on Eighth Amendment capital sentencing issue.
Cleveland Bar Association v. CompManagement, Inc., Case No. 04-0817 (Ohio Supreme Court).  Represented the State of Ohio as amicus in landmark workers’ compensation lawsuit.
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Attorneys at Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC. have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.
In recognition of their achievements, attorneys at Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC. have received multiple designations as “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics magazine.
Attorneys at Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC. have annually received the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell for an attorney, AV Preeminent.