- J.D., Stanford University, Executive Editor, Stanford Law Review, 2004
- B.S., Cornell University, 2001
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Chris Hale is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Hale specializes in commercial litigation and government contracts, with an emphasis on general business disputes, intellectual property, and investigations.
In the general business context, Mr. Hale has represented businesses and individuals in litigation and arbitrations related to contractual disputes, business torts, and trade secrets claims. He has significant experience in drafting and opposing pleadings and motions, propounding and responding to discovery, fact gathering and analysis, and witness consultation.
In the government contracts area, Mr. Hale has counseled clients in the general commercial, defense, and healthcare industries on a wide variety of government contracting issues, including bid protests, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), the False Claims Act (FCA), and other state and federal laws and regulations.
He is also an editor of the 2016 Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook (Thomson Reuters), an annual publication addressing cloud computing issues and solutions for commercial and government end users and suppliers.
- Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, Legal 500, 2018
- Government Contracts, Legal 500, 2015
- Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2009, 2010
- National Defense, July 26, 2018
- Thomson Reuters, June 2015
- Law360, March 11, 2014
Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts
- "Get Your Head In The Cloud!" September 26, 2018
- "Foggy on the Cloud?" September 21, 2015
- "Recent Remarks By Officials Reinforce DOJ’s Focus On Criminal Fraud Investigations And Prosecutions Of Culpable Individuals," September 29, 2014
- "Proceed with Caution: D.C. District Court Says Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine Do Not Survive Internal Fraud Investigation Conducted by Non-Attorneys," March 25, 2014
- "GAO Reports FY 2013 Bid Protest Statistics," January 21, 2014
- "Non-Protestable Task Order Procurement Decision Shuts Out Incumbent Contractor," October 23, 2013
- "Avoiding "Embarrassment" In Contract Disputes Act Litigation: Routine vs. Non-Routine Requests For Payment," May 14, 2012
- "New Personal Conflict Of Interest Rules For Contractors," November 16, 2011
- "Trimming the Fat in Government Subcontracts -- Recognizing What Really Needs to Be Flowed Down by the Prime", August 12, 2009
- May 2016
- Member, State Bar of California
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association