Christopher Passodelis, Jr.

Shareholder and Director

Christopher Passodelis, Jr.

Shareholder and Director

ChristopherPassodelis
Phone412-355-0200
Fax412-261-6221

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Mr. Passodelis is a Shareholder and Director of the firm and a member of the firm’s Litigation, Corporate, Construction,  Energy and Natural Resources Services Groups. Mr. Passodelis counsels a wide array of clients, including local, regional, national and international companies, both privately and publicly-held. He works regularly with technology, manufacturing, development, construction, and oil and gas companies with regard to their provision of products and services.

Mr. Passodelis has represented clients in both State and Federal Courts, as well as in commercial arbitration, in matters involving Shareholder Disputes, Intellectual Property Disputes, Trade Secret Disputes, Restrictive Covenant Disputes, Franchise Disputes and General Contract Disputes.

In addition, Mr. Passodelis has also represented clients with their M&A and Financing activities, as well as start-up enterprises.  He has worked closely with clients in the vitamin and supplement industry and has developed core competencies relative to the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) as well as compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).

ChristopherPassodelis
Phone412-355-0200
Fax412-261-6221

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Selected Engagements

  • Successfully represented minority shareholder in the resolution of litigation involving an attempted forced dilution and buyout of the minority owner resulting in the forced conveyance of the majority owners’ equity to the minority owner.
  • Successfully represented large multi-national franchisor in the defense of an international franchise claim seeking damages of $120,000,000, winning a defense verdict against the franchisee and winning a counterclaim award on behalf of client.
  • Represented client in the sale of multiple senior living facilities with transaction value exceeding $100,000,000.
  • Participated in the successful resolution of dispute between oil and gas producers relating to use and expense associated with midstream transportation of product.
  • Represented company in transaction involving the sale of 100% of entity stock to a foreign enterprise in a transaction valued at over $55,000,000.
  • Represented minority shareholder in the enforcement of purchase option contained in shareholder agreement resulting in the issuance of a preliminary injunction stopping the sale of the company to alternative purchasers and restoring the right of the minority shareholder to purchase the majority interest.
  • Represented minority owners of limited liability company in seeking an injunction appointing a custodian to preserve the existing value of an enterprise and thereafter coordinating the sale of the primary company asset for a value in excess of $58,000,000.
  • Represented developer in the real estate acquisition, debt financing and closing on real estate development projects exceeding $80,000,000.
  • Represented large multi-national client in litigation involving criminal acts of third parties in both the civil matters as well as the collateral department of justice investigations.
  • Represented a multi-national manufacturing company in connection with international supply agreements, intellectual property matters and foreign jurisdiction employment issues.
  • Successfully represented defendants in federal class action filed against food manufacturers and retailers alleging food labeling violations under California statutes and the National Labeling and Education Act.
  • Successfully defended claim against a national Title Insurance Underwriter using novel and creative litigation strategies which addressed standing of sub-prime lender claimant.

Areas of Law/Focus

  • General Corporate/Business Counseling
  • Shareholder Disputes/Resolution
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Formation and Planning
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • Corporate Finance
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Employment Matters
  • FDA Compliance
  • Oil and Gas Title
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Land Title Claim Resolution

Education

  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., Wabash College, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Heart Institute Auxiliary Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation