Christopher M. Von Maack

Christopher M. Von Maack

Location:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Phone:
801-823-6464
Email:
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  • Ranked USA

CHRISTOPHER M. VON MAACK is a trial lawyer and a founding partner of McNeill Von Maack. 

Christopher M. Von Maack is a civil trial lawyer focusing on disputes in the areas of contract, intellectual property (e.g., copyright, trademark, and trade secret), partnership, real property, and unfair competition.  He is licensed to practice law in Utah and California, and is a partner at McNeill Von Maack.

Mr. Von Maack is ranked in Chambers USA and maintains an AV Preeminent peer-review rating and a Preeminent client-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (TM). He has consistently been included on the list of Super Lawyers (TM) or Rising Stars, an honor given to only the top 2.5% of attorneys practicing in the Intermountain West. He has also been voted by his peers as one of Utah's Legal Elite, as published in Utah Business Magazine.
His representative clients include publicly-traded, mid-sized, and startup companies facing ‘bet-the-company' disputes. Recent results include the following:

•    Successfully defended a Direct Selling Association ("DSA") company against a $27 million claim in a New York arbitration proceeding.
•    Favorably resolved dispute amongst feuding law enforcement unions in Utah.
•    Obtained multiple temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, partial summary judgment rulings, and civil contempt citations in a microdermabrasion trademark and copyright case in federal court in Utah.
•    Obtained a rare bad-faith dismissal of an adversary's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in Delaware.
•    Obtained a dismissal of engineering malpractice dispute in federal court in the Central District of California.

Mr. Von Maack graduated from UCLA with a degree in English and a specialization in Business Administration.  He obtained his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif (top 10%) and was a writer and editor for the McGeorge Law Review.  Mr. Von Maack earned Witkin Awards for the top grade in legal writing and international water law.  He also served as teaching assistant to Professor Gregory C. Pingree on the subjects of torts and professional responsibility.

Mr. Von Maack served as a law clerk for the Honorable Pamela T. Greenwood of the Utah Court of Appeals.

He is a member of the Committee on the Model Utah Jury Instructions ("MUJI"), Utah Supreme Court Professionalism Counseling Board, and David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inns of Court.  He was previously a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism, co-chair of the Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division Committee on Professionalism and the Practice of Law, and member of the Utah State Bar's Governmental Relations Committee.

Mr. Von Maack serves on the boards of trustees for Rowland Hall St. Mark's School, the Utah Heritage Foundation, and the Salt Lake Honorary Colonels.  He served on the Huntsman 2012 and McCain 2008 Utah Finance Committees.

Areas of Practice

  • Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright
  • Partnerships
  • Real Property
  • Unfair Competition
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2004
  • Utah, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Utah, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2009
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2014

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 2004
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: Teaching assistant to Professor Gregory C. Pingree
    • Honors: Witkin Awards, Top Grade in Legal Writing and International Water Law
    • Law Review: McGeorge Law Review, Writer and Editor, 2002 - 2004
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • "A Relatively Simple Matter": Navigating The Utah Discovery Rule, 19 Utah Bar J. 4 (July/Aug. 2006).
  • "Civility in the Practice of Law": A Young Lawyer's Perspective, 19 Utah Bar J. 7 (Nov./Dec. 2006).

Representative Clients

  • Crius Energy Trust
  • North American Potash Developments, Inc.
  • PillPack, Inc.
  • Positive Gaming AS
  • Transfac Capital, LLC
  • Viridian Energy, Inc.
  • Viridian Network, LLC

Classes/Seminars

  • Utah Standards of Professionalism & Civility - Gaining Traction and Growing Teeth, Utah State Bar Paralegal Division Annual Seminar, 2007
  • The Professionalism Counseling Board: What It Is, How it Operates, and Why You Should Care, Utah State Bar CLE, 2017, 2018

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers USA - Ranked
  • Super Lawyers (TM)
  • Super Lawyers (TM) - Rising Star
  • Utah Business Magazine's Legal Elite
  • Witkin Awards, Top Grade in Legal Writing and International Water Law
  • AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (TM)
  • Preeminent Client-Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (TM)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • R. Harrold Burton Foundation, Director, 2018 - Present
  • Committee on the Model Utah Jury Instructions (MUJI), Member, 2015 - Present
  • Utah Supreme Court Professionalism Counseling Board, 2015 - Present
  • Rowland Hall St. Mark's School, Board of Trustees, 2014 - Present
  • Salt Lake City Honorary Colonels, Trustee, 2012 - 2017
  • Preservation Utah, Trustee, 2010 - 2018
  • American Cancer Society, Ambassador, 2010 - 2013
  • Huntsman 2012 and McCain 2008 Utah Finance Committee, Member
  • Utah State Bar Governmental Relations Committee, Member, 2008 - 2012
  • McCain 2008 Utah Finance Committee, Member
  • Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism, Member, 2006 - 2015
  • David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inn of Court, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division Committee on Professionalism, Co-Chair, Practice of Law Committee, 2005 - 2008

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Pamela T. Greenwood, Utah Court of Appeals, Law Clerk, 2004 - 2005

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Chi