Christopher A. Wiech

Partner

Atlanta
T +1.404.946.9814
F +1.404.459.5734

Overview

Chris Wiech’s practice is multifaceted, focusing on high-stakes litigation, data privacy and security, technology transactions and corporate compliance. Chris has significant experience as lead counsel in defending class actions in the complex and cutting-edge area of data privacy on behalf of companies and organizations in a variety of industries, including healthcare and consumer sectors. His emphasis on technology also makes him popular among company leaders who require discerning counsel in today’s fast-paced information economy. Certified as an Information Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Chris is an authority on a range of privacy issues. He also advises clients on the minefield of legal and regulatory challenges that face emerging industries, including IoT, digital currencies and blockchain technology.

Also a first-chair trial lawyer, Chris has tried technology and business disputes in federal and state courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the country.

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Privacy/Technology
  • Lead counsel to healthcare technology company in successfully defending multimillion-dollar trade secret misappropriation lawsuit with vendor. Summary judgment granted in client’s favor on all claims.
  • Lead counsel to hospital in defeating class certification of patient medical data breach litigation.
Complex Litigation
  • Lead trial counsel for one of the world’s largest producers of shelf-stable and fully cooked food products. Brought and defended multiple contractual and business tort claims in federal and state courts and arbitration on client’s behalf.
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Experience

Privacy/Technology
  • Lead counsel to healthcare technology company in successfully defending multimillion-dollar trade secret misappropriation lawsuit with vendor. Summary judgment granted in client’s favor on all claims.
  • Lead counsel to hospital in defeating class certification of patient medical data breach litigation.
  • Lead counsel to cloud-based software vendors advising on data breach incidents and resulting litigation.
  • Lead counsel to a mobile electronic health records software company in shareholder derivative litigation.
  • Lead counsel to a consumer financing provider regarding data security and privacy matters.
  • Counsel for multi-billion dollar global technology services provider lawsuit brought by major retail sports marketer alleging failure of SAP ERP software implementation, seeking in excess of $10 million in damages.
  • Lead counsel for dental provider in putative class action of patient medical data breach litigation.
  • Trial counsel in successfully defending patent licensee against breach of license and patent infringement claims brought by publicly-traded licensor of healthcare field operations tracking technology.
  • Trial counsel to New York-based enterprise software developer in litigation with State of Georgia over implementation of complex state-wide software solution.
  • Counsel to world’s third-largest travel services company in dispute with large IT solutions and services provider over implementation of multimillion-dollar integrated telecommunications software system.
  • Lead counsel for transportation logistics company in litigation involving software licensing dispute and copyright infringement claims.
  • Counsel to inventor and patent holder of automobile VIN laser etching technology in action against U.K. company for patent infringement, breach of confidentiality agreement and trade secret misappropriation.
  • Lead trial counsel to clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in actions challenging or defending trademark registrations.
  • Lead counsel to telephony software provider and licensor in pursuing claims against a licensee for breach of contract, copyright infringement and violations of the Defend Trade Secrets Act.
  • Counsel to home healthcare customer relationship management software in litigation with competitor regarding Lanham Act claims.
  • Lead counsel to financial institutions on FinTech matters, including hosted services agreements and payment card network agreements.
  • Lead counsel to one of the nation’s largest home builders on technology licensing agreements.
Complex Litigation
  • Lead trial counsel for one of the world’s largest producers of shelf-stable and fully cooked food products. Brought and defended multiple contractual and business tort claims in federal and state courts and arbitration on client’s behalf.
  • Lead counsel for nationwide commercial transportation insurance wholesaler. Defended multiple contractual disputes in federal and state courts on client’s behalf.
  • Counsel to a major cable television company in an adversary proceeding initiated by a bankruptcy creditors committee seeking to recover more than $100 million. Obtained summary judgment in client’s favor on all claims, which was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Counsel to international hotel chain in class action litigation involving time-share resorts and memberships.
  • Counsel for Fortune 500 healthcare company as one of four winning bidders of $4 billion contract award for Medicaid and ‘PeachCare for Kids’ in successfully defeating bid protests of three losing bidders.
  • Counsel in bringing claims of more than $20 million for breach of fiduciary duty against former company officer, and aiding and abetting breach by $2 billion investment fund for misappropriating client’s food product concepts. Defeated defendants’ dispositive motions based on Georgia Trade Secrets Act pre-emption.
  • Counsel for opioid distributor in federal and state litigation involving the distribution of controlled substances.
  • Trial counsel for one of the nation’s largest publicly-traded REIT’s in fraud action against former executive and general contractor arising out of bribery and kickback scheme. Obtained $2.7 million jury verdict in client’s favor and successfully defended the verdict on appeal.
  • Lead counsel to pawnbroker defending putative class action lawsuits based on federal and state laws regarding consumer finance disclosure requirements.
  • Lead counsel to chief executive of renewable energy company in suit seeking $1 million under corporate veil piercing theory. Obtained summary judgment in client’s favor on all claims.
  • Counsel to president of software development company sued personally for alleged company fraud. Obtained dismissal of all claims.
  • Lead counsel for construction company in dispute against former company president involving misappropriation of company funds.
  • Counsel to telecommunications provider and several of its former officers and directors in a suit brought by former minority shareholders.
  • Counsel to officers and directors of mobile electronic health record software company in defending shareholder derivative suit.
  • Counsel to professional sports league in water rights litigation. Successfully negotiated continued use of critical water supply.
  • Counsel to financial institutions and other lenders in commercial foreclosure actions and litigation involving defaulted loans and the recovery of collateral. Successfully obtained appointments of receivers and the return or liquidation of collateral.
  • Trial counsel to national retail pharmacy in eminent domain litigation. Obtained appellate court ruling clarifying state law in client’s favor.
  • Lead trial counsel to owner of retail shopping centers across the U.S. in litigation involving lease disputes, fraudulent transfers and dispossessory actions. Obtained verdicts and judgments ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than $1 million.
  • Lead trial counsel to national tax preparation franchisor in franchise dispute litigation.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Benchmark Litigation, "Top Litigator Under 40" (2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2017 to Present)
    • Georgia: Trade Secrets Law
  • Georgia Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2006 to 2007, 2009, 2011)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy: Advocate (designation signifying completion of intensive, multi-day, hands-on trial advocacy programs)

Memberships

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
    • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
    • Atlanta KnowledgeNet Chapter: Co-Chair
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), The Voice of the Defense Bar
    • Data Management and Security Committee: Program Networking Chair (2015)

Community

  • Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association: Board of Directors

Pro Bono

  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation: Pro Bono Eviction Defense Program

Industries

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2003
  • B.S., James Madison University, 1999

Blog

In The Blogs

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Data Privacy Monitor
Entering the '20s – A New Era for Data Breach Class Actions?
By David A. Carney, Casie D. Collignon, Paul G. Karlsgodt, Christopher A. Wiech
February 21, 2020
As we move into a new decade, it has become clear that data breach litigation is here to stay. Last year brought us several incremental developments in the data breach litigation landscape but no paradigm shift in the way data breach class...
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