Mr. Lilly has extensive trial, arbitration, and appellate experience in employment, securities, entertainment litigation, consumer class actions, and first amendment litigation.
Mr. Lilly is also chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.
Before joining TroyGould, Mr. Lilly was an associate with Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he worked extensively on the defense of securities fraud, consumer, and wage and hour class action cases.
He began his career as a legal intern at the labor and employment law firm of Epstein, Becker & Green, and also served as an extern to Hon. Harry Pregerson (United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit).
Member: Securities Litigation Section, American Bar Association; Association of Corporate Growth (ACG); LNI Oasis (Legal Network International/Organisation of Advocates Specialising in International Services).
University of Notre Dame (B.A., Government, 1994). UCLA School of Law (J.D., 1997; Honors Moot Court).
- Chaired six-day jury trial and obtained defense verdict against a former executive in his lawsuit for a golden parachute payout, and obtained a substantial attorney fee award against the former employee
- Retained by an employer after a jury returned a verdict for a million dollars for an employee in a wrongful termination case; filed and won a motion for a new trial, which vacated the verdict, and the case settled on favorable terms
- Represented employer accused of age and religious discrimination in wrongful termination action; settled on favorable terms before the need to file a summary judgment motion
- Represented clients in administrative hearings and appeals to successfully deny former employees unemployment benefits
- Defended a public company in an action by numerous shareholders alleging they were fraudulently induced to purchase their shares, and also fraudulently induced to hold their shares; settled with no payment by the company
- In a securities fraud case, obtained judgment of dismissal for our client by having complaint dismissed with prejudice upon demurrer
- Obtained judgment of dismissal for 51 defendant shareholders and venture capitalists sued for securities fraud and cancellation of their stock certificates following reverse merger
- In action to cancel former employee’s stock certificates and defense of his cross-action to invalidate the company’s patents, obtained favorable settlement for cancellation of stock and maintenance of intellectual property
- Represented individuals in SEC interviews; responded to SEC subpoenas; represented company in revocation of registration proceedings
- Obtained favorable settlement requiring no payment of money by film editing company in Internet defamation case
- Obtained multi-million dollar settlement for writer in royalty dispute with large Hollywood studio
- Represented Canadian company sued in internet dispute, and obtained walk-away settlement after prevailing on a motion to quash for lack of jurisdiction
- Obtained opinion from Court of Appeal affirming defense judgment in favor of our employer-client in employment jury trial
- Obtained opinion from Court of Appeal affirming award of attorneys’ fees in our client’s favor
- Obtained writ of mandate from Court of Appeal vacating trial court’s denial of our client’s motion for summary judgment
- Obtained opinion from Court of Appeal affirming trial court’s order setting aside a default judgment against our client
- Obtained opinion from Court of Appeal affirming trial court’s order in our client’s favor sustaining demurrer to plaintiff’s complaint without leave to amend
- Obtained writ of mandate from Court of Appeal reversing trial court decision against our client denying motion for leave to amend complaint
- California Supreme Court Prohibits “On Call” Rest Breaks for Employees
- CA Supreme Court Firmly Upholds Enforceability of Class Action Waivers, Except For PAGA Representative Claims
- June 2013: U.S. Supreme Court Narrows Another Loophole for Escaping Arbitration
- April 2013: Making Arbitration Provisions In Employment Agreements Cover Statutory Claims
- March 2013: Supreme Court Makes Securities Fraud Class Certification Easier
- January 2013: California Supreme Court Weakens Integration Provisions in Contracts
- January 2013: New Employment Laws
- January 2013: Clarity May Be Coming For Arbitration Provisions in Employment Agreements
- June 2012: Employee’s Refusal to Sign Acknowledgment of Disciplinary Report Has Dire Consequences for Employee
- May 2012: Another Employment Arbitration Provision Found Unconscionable
- April 2012: Employers Continue Their Struggle to Write Enforceable Arbitration Provisions
- April 2012: California Supreme Court Hands Employers a Victory and Provides Clarity on Meal and Rest Break Litigation
- March 2012: Avoiding Unconscionable Arbitration Provisions in Employment Contracts
- February 2012: Plaintiffs Are Once Again Invalidating Class Action Waivers
- December 2009: Derivative Action May Be Brought Notwithstanding Lack of Share Ownership and Failure to Pay Share Assessment
- August 2009: California Supreme Court Allows Secret Videotaping of Employees in Their Private Office
- August 2008: California Supreme Court Allows Judicial Review of Arbitration Decisions for Errors of Law
- July 2008: Drafting Arbitration Provisions to Mitigate Bad Arbitrator Decisions
- August 2007: Creditors’ Rights: Laws Change to Reflect Realities of Collections Cases
- Christopher Lilly Quoted in Wall Street Journal
- Christopher Lilly Reacts To High Court’s Tyson Class Action Ruling
- TroyGould Class Action Victory in Daily Journal
- Sweet Victory For Kroger Company in Sodium-Content Mislabeling Class Action
- Lilly in Corporate Counsel
- TroyGould’s Rising Star, 2007-2012. He was selected a Rising Star by his peers through a voting process that identified the top 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California who are either age 40 or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.
- Lilly in LA Daily Journal video
- JOBS Act Breakfast Briefing
- ACCA-SoCal Program re Ethics in a Recessionary Economy
- ACCA-SoCal Program re Arbitration
- Mr. Lilly discussed his article, “California Supreme Court Weakens Integration Provisions in Contracts” in a Los Angeles Daily Journal video interview in early 2013.
- On May 20, 2009, Mr. Lilly made a presentation to in-house counsel at an Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) event entitled “Navigating the Legal and Ethical Shoals of Recessionary Economy.”
- On April 16, 2008, Mr. Lilly made a presentation to in-house counsel at an ACC event entitled “Arbitration Hits and Myths: What You Need to Know About the Modern World of Arbitration.”