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Christian Poland’s experience encompasses a wide range of litigation matters including federal and state employment laws, constitutional law, contract disputes, franchise law, the Uniform Commercial Code, restrictive covenants (e.g., covenants not to compete and nonsolicitation agreements), trade secrets, business torts (e.g., tortious interference with business relationships, misrepresentation, fraud, and negligence), personal torts (assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy, and negligence), anti-trust, housing law, liability by related and successor corporate entities, construction defects, medical malpractice, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), broker-dealer litigation/arbitrations, litigation privileges, and charitable solicitation laws. Mr. Poland has been involved in several class/collective action lawsuits and has litigated cases in federal and state courts in over 20 states.

Mr. Poland has briefed and argued cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Eighth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit, winning every such case, and has successfully opposed every petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of those appellate rulings. Following law school, Mr. Poland served as law clerk to the Hon. Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1992 to 1994.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Law Clerk, Judge Alice M. Batchelder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • National Association of College and University Attorneys
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • National Association of College and University Attorneys
    • National Association of College and University Attorneys
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Christian Poland has briefed and argued cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Eighth Circuit, Ninth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit, winning every such case, and has successfully opposed every petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of those appellate rulings. After law school, Mr. Poland served as law clerk to the Hon. Alice M. Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1992 to 1994.

Select Representations

  • Doe v. Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, Case No. 95-8083 (7th Cir. 1996) (interlocutory appeal filed by third-party deponents following employer's successful motion to defeat various claims of privilege) (case settled while on appeal)
  • Gaston v. Stone Container Corp., 74 F.3d 1243 (Table), 1996 WL 16912 (8th Cir. 1996) (affirming summary judgment in race discrimination and retaliation case), cert. denied, 519 U.S. 805 (1996)
  • Erickson v. Board of Governors for Northeastern Ill. Univ., 207 F.3d 945 (7th Cir. 2000) (reversing, on interlocutory appeal, the denial of defendant/employer's motion to dismiss ADA claims based on Eleventh Amendment immunity), cert. denied, 531 U.S. 1190 (2001)
  • Forrest v. Kraft Foods, Inc., 285 F.3d 688 (8th Cir. 2002) (affirming summary judgment in race discrimination case)
  • Teymer v. Kraft Foods, Inc., 37 Fed. App'x 206 (7th Cir. 2002) (affirming summary judgment in sex discrimination and retaliation case)
  • Jones v. Kraft Foods, Inc., 61 Fed. App'x 315 (8th Cir. 2003) (affirming summary judgment in ADA and FMLA case)
  • Holmes v. American Drug Stores, Inc., 96 Fed. App'x 410 (7th Cir. 2004) (affirming summary judgment in race and sex discrimination case)
  • Rowland v. Prudential Financial, Inc., No. 07-16358, _ F.3d _ (Table), 2010 WL 76439 (9th Cir. 2010) (affirming district court's dismissal of former employee's discrimination and retaliation claims)

Bar and Court Admissions

Illinois, 1994

California, 1992

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits

United States District Courts for the Western District of Arkansas; Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California; Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois; Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana; Western District of Michigan; and Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Education

University of Notre Dame, J.D., 1992

Wheaton College, B.A., 1988

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Law Clerk, Judge Alice M. Batchelder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Law Clerk, Judge Alice M. Batchelder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Read More

Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • National Association of College and University Attorneys
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • National Association of College and University Attorneys
    • National Association of College and University Attorneys
Read More