Christopher R.J. Pace is a partner in Weil's Litigation Department and a member of the Firm's Complex Commercial Litigation and Appellate practice groups. Mr. Pace has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the country as well as in foreign jurisdictions. He represents clients in large class action lawsuits (including those alleging securities fraud and unfair competition), criminal/grand jury matters, regulatory agency investigations, electronic media/copyright/defamation disputes, civil RICO actions, trade secrets actions, and other commercial cases. Mr. Pace also conducts internal investigations for corporations, boards of directors, audit committees and special litigation committees. He has served as lead counsel in over 20 successful trials, and as prevailing oral advocate in over 25 appeals.
Mr. Pace’s experience includes:
- Representing health insurer/managed care company, obtained summary judgment against a certified nationwide class of physicians in lead multidistrict litigation action alleging company conspired to under-reimburse them, and successfully defended summary judgment on appeal. This litigation also involved a successful petition for certiorari review of adverse district court and appellate rulings on arbitration, which were reversed by the Supreme Court of the United States.
- Representing another health insurer/managed care company, obtained order compelling to arbitration most of the claims brought by health plan member as part of a purported class action alleging that company did not provide the level of coverage it promised. Thereafter settled plan member's claims on a non-class basis. Litigation involved successful appeal of initial adverse arbitration ruling to the Supreme Court of California.
- Representing another health insurer/managed care company, obtained dismissal of purported class action brought by health plan members who alleged that company intentionally miscalculated deductibles and co-payment requirements to decrease the amount of healthcare services it would have to reimburse.
- Representing health insurer/managed care company and health care technology company, defeated antitrust and RICO claims in California multidistrict litigation proceeding and a separate New Jersey case alleging that the companies engaged in nationwide conspiracies to suppress the amounts that out-of-network healthcare providers were reimbursed for their services.
- Representing consumer products company in multidistrict litigation, successful excluded multiple plaintiffs experts on the basis that their general and specific causation opinions were based on unreliable scientific data and methodologies, and thereafter obtained summary judgment on all plaintiffs’ claims against company.
- Representing consumer products company, prevailed in part on motion to dismiss false advertising claims by plaintiff suing on behalf of a purported class. Thereafter defeated motion to certify a class as to remaining claims of plaintiff because decision to purchase the product involved many individualized variables. Plaintiff then dismissed lawsuit.
- Representing real estate development company, defeated motion for preliminary injunction following multi-day evidentiary hearings that attempted to enjoin company's sale of real estate project to highest bidder at auction after original sale of project failed to close.
- Represented investment bank in action brought by commercial bank alleging that investment bank stole commercial bank's largest clients in South American country. Obtained ruling from district court reversing temporary restraining order and holding that law of South American country had to apply to commercial bank's claims, including its theft of trade secrets claim. Case thereafter resolved by confidential settlement.
- Represented pharmacy benefits manager in federal grand jury investigations into whether various pharmaceutical manufacturers violated "best price" or kickback provisions of federal law as a result of their arrangements with company, resulting in no charges brought against either company or its employees.
- Represented biotechnology company in Securities & Exchange Commission investigation into restatement of financials by company. Investigation concluded without action or charges by SEC.
Mr. Pace is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States, and law clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to practicing in Florida, Mr. Pace has also been in private practice in California, Texas and Washington DC. While an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Pace successfully prosecuted numerous complex criminal cases, and received an award as the Southern District of Florida's Outstanding AUSA.
Mr. Pace is a 1990 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he graduated first in his class, and a 1987 graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he graduated first in his major. He was the executive editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the winner of the Law School's Keedy Cup Moot Court Competition.