- Founding Partner
- Complex Commercial Litigation
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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 re Fannie Mae Securities Litigation, Case No. 1:04-cv-1639 (D.D.C.)
- Ohio Public Employees Retirement System v. Freddie Mac, et al., Case No. 4:08-cv-160 (N.D. Ohio)
- Williams v. Duke Energy, Case No.: 1:08-CV-00046 (S.D. Ohio)
- Slaby v. Wilson, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas
- Kelci Stringer, et al. v. National Football League, et al.
- Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus
- Mitchell v. Esparza, Case No. 02-1369
- Cleveland Bar Association v. CompManagement, Inc., Case No. 04-0817 (Ohio Supreme Court)
- Ohio Attorney General's Office, Deputy First Assistant Attorney General, 2005 to 2006
- Ohio Supreme Court, Justice Terrence O'Donnell, Judicial Law Clerk, 2004 to 2005
- Ohio, 2002
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2002
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2003
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2007
- American Bar Association, 2007
- Ohio State Bar Association, 2002
- The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
- J.D. - 2002
- Honors: Studied Comparative Legal Theory and EU Law at Oxford University, England
- The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- B.A. - 1997
- Honors: Dean's List
- Honors: Merit Scholarship
- Major: History
- Major: Political Science
- Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star"
- 2017 and 2018 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America