Christopher A. Pickett is an Officer in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, securities litigation and arbitration and employment disputes. Mr. Pickett began his career as a public defender, enabling him to first chair over forty jury trials and successfully brief and argue matters before the appellate courts.
Mr. Pickett now represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of business litigation matters. Mr. Pickett's particular area of expertise is employment disputes, unfair competition, and securities litigation. He regularly defends employers in discrimination claims, covenants not to compete, trade secret disputes, and claims of breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition. Mr. Pickett has a network of local counsel that have allowed him to seek, and obtain hundreds of injunctions in approximately forty states. Mr. Pickett's securities practice also includes representing brokerage firms in recruiting and raiding cases as well as investor actions before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He has first chaired dozens of matters before FINRA arbitration panels. Finally, Mr. Pickett also regularly advises and defends individuals implicated or charged with federal criminal offenses, including conspiracy, insider trading, mail and wire fraud, and money laundering.