Christopher M. Schafbuch



Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

University of Washington, B.A.


Hon. Salvador Mendoza, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Hon. Julie H. Becker, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Hon. Madeline C. Arleo, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey


State Admissions: New York, District of Columbia, Virginia, Washington

Federal Admissions: U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and Ninth Circuit; and U.S. District Courts for S.D.N.Y., E.D.N.Y., N.D.N.Y., D.D.C., E.D. Va., and W.D. Va.





Chris represents clients who are embroiled in high-stakes commercial litigation, navigating government investigations, or facing criminal charges. An efficient and strategic advocate, he has fought and won in state and federal trial courts across the country. He also has substantial experience guiding clients through appeals, which are often necessary in the most important cases.

Clients trust Chris because he approaches every matter with a keen understanding of how to build a case at trial that can also succeed on appeal. This approach gives his clients the greatest chance of ultimately achieving their goals—whether that means protecting a victory or correcting a life-changing error. Chris has briefed cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, and Sixth Circuit.

Clients also value Chris for his rare insight into the judicial decision-making process. Prior to joining Dontzin Nagy & Fleissig, Chris served as a law clerk to Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judge Madeline C. Arleo of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and Judge Julie H. Becker of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Simply put, Chris knows which issues courts care about and what arguments to make—or omit—with everything on the line.

Notable Matters

  • Obtained $4mm order of attachment for client in complex multijurisdictional maritime dispute in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
  • Secured dismissal of complaint seeking an injunction and penalties related to Special Counsel Durham’s investigation of the 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Represented FINRA’s Audit Committee in highly publicized independent review of its Dispute Resolution Services’ arbitrator selection process.
  • Litigated a successful habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, obtaining client’s freedom.
  • Won complete dismissal of claims that client’s industry-leading trademark and copyright enforcement software violated state and federal law.
  • Successfully moved trial court to reduce client’s excessive criminal sentence, resulting in client’s release from prison.