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Christopher Yeung
Christopher Y. L. Yeung
New York +1 212 841 1262 Download V-card

Christopher Yeung is a litigator who represents a variety of clients in high-stakes litigation, including trials, arbitrations, and white collar criminal matters.

Mr. Yeung represents clients at all stages of litigation, from the inception of a case through trial and appeal. His trial experience in complex civil actions includes jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations, and involves a wide range of subject matters, including corporate governance, commercial contracts, and trade secrets.

  • Won complete defense verdict for Salix Pharmaceuticals following two-week jury trial in lawsuit brought by collaboration partner Napo Pharmaceuticals relating to Fulyzaq (crofelemer), a first-in-class gastrointestinal drug. Napo had sought over $260 million in damages and the right to terminate the parties’ license agreement. As a result of Covington’s efforts on summary judgment and at trial, Napo recovered nothing. See Law360 article "Salix Wins Jury Verdict In Breach Suit Over Napo Drug" (2/25/2014).
  • Won substantial judgments in favor of New Media Holding and its sister-company, New Media Distribution, following a five-month trial in a multi-national corporate control dispute over the ownership of the TVi Channel, a Ukrainian television network. The judgments were affirmed on appeal.
  • Representation of a subsidiary of a Fortune 10 company in a multi-national export controls-related internal investigation. The matter was resolved successfully without any monetary penalties or referral for criminal or administrative prosecution.
  • Representation of an individual defendant in a criminal tax fraud prosecution. After pleading guilty, the client received a sentence that did not include any term of imprisonment.
  • Representation of the co-founder of a private equity firm in obtaining a settlement of his lawsuit and derivative action in Delaware Chancery Court. The action was settled favorably on the first day of trial after accelerated discovery.
  • Representation of a major record label in royalty disputes with artists.
  • Representation of a sports network in a contractual dispute with a cable provider.
  • Representation of a senior executive in a securities fraud class action suit in federal court.
  • Representation of a multi-national corporation in an internal investigation of a former employee’s suspected embezzlement of company funds.

Pro Bono

  • Successfully briefed and argued an appeal on behalf of an abused wife to defeat a petition filed against her in connection with a custody battle.
  • Representations of various plaintiffs in lawsuits alleging constitutional torts, including false arrest, malicious prosecution, and use of excessive force.
  • Advised an environmental not-for-profit in connection with its incorporation and application for tax-exempt status.

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia, Intern (2006-2007)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, Civil Division, Summer Extern (2005)
  • Teach For America, English Teacher (2002-2004)
  • New York Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Entertainment & Sports "Rising Star" (2013, 2014, 2015)