Christopher A. Rheinheimer

Senior Counsel

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Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property
San Francisco

Chris is a Senior Counsel in the firm's Real Estate and Environment section. He focuses his practice on complex trials and litigation with emphasis on environmental, energy, and real estate-related matters, often involving a government litigation component.

Representative Work

Represented developer challenging city council's adoption of voter initiatives that purport to restrict development of long-planned residential community.

Represented California energy company in successful Phase 1 trial challenging a county's measure that would have banned hydraulic fracturing, wastewater disposal, and the drilling of new wells. 

Successfully defended investment company in a one-day trial on CEQA challenge to a large mixed-use project in the Bay Area. Judgment was entered less than one year after the filing of the CEQA complaints.

Represented a large telecommunications provider in defense of procurement contract award for statewide communications services.

Represented one of the largest health systems in the nation, obtaining unanimous arbitration award of full coverage following excess carrier's denial of coverage and declaratory relief action (later compelled to arbitration) under employment practices liability policy after jury returned $168 million verdict against client.

Successfully defended the purchaser of a $110 million loan from a trust established by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in connection with a bank's acquisition of certain Bear Stearns assets. Judgment for the client entered on all counts following a seven-week trial.

Represented a real estate developer in a CEQA challenge to a mixed-use development bordering industrial area. Matter was settled favorably and without delay of trial, allowing construction to proceed in a timely matter.


B.A., University of California, Davis (2004)

J.D., New York University School of Law (2007)

Admissions And Courts


San Francisco

415-995-5082 Direct Phone
415-995-3484 Fax

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