Chris has represented clients in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including high-profile patent and copyright cases. He both assists clients in obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights, and defends clients against the improper assertion of such rights. Chris has represented both large and small companies in licensing and other business transactions.
Before co-founding Ridder, Costa & Johnstone LLP, Chris was a Residential Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS), an associate in the Palo Alto office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and an intellectual property litigator in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson, P.C. He also served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer in Los Angeles.
Chris’s interests include the full range of issues that arise at the intersection of technology and the law, including the application of intellectual property law to software and the internet, and the impact of technological change on privacy and civil liberties. Chris currently serves as a member of the California State Bar, Business Law Section’s Cyberspace Committee, and as a non-residential Fellow at CIS. He is a frequent speaker on topics including privacy, online harassment and defamation, copyright law, and the law of software and the internet.