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Christopher Carmichael

Christopher W. Carmichael





90 Canal Street, 4th Floor

Boston, MA 02114

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Mr. Carmichael’s practice focuses on:  Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Appeals; and Counseling & Advising on Contracts.


Mr. Carmichael’s clients include businesses in retailing, manufacturing, technology, and services industries, and the clients range from closely-held entrepreneurial business to publicly traded companies.


Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Mr. Carmichael’s commercial dispute resolution practice covers written contracts, antitrust, false and deceptive marketing, fraud, consumer fraud, trademarks and copyrights, and mass and class actions.  Early resolution and ADR are used wherever appropriate to resolve matters quickly and efficiently for clients.  Where a negotiated solution is not possible, Mr. Carmichael uses his extensive trial and arbitration experience to deliver results for clients.


Appellate Advocacy

Mr. Carmichael is an experienced appellate advocate, having briefed and argued more than fifty civil and criminal appeals in state and federal appellate courts, including the Eighth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Illinois Appellate Court, Tennessee Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court, and United States Supreme Court.  Appellate advocacy requires a unique skill set that Mr. Carmichael has honed over years of practice, after starting as an appellate clerk with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Counseling & Advising on Contracts

Mr. Carmichael provides general counseling and advice to business in structuring agreements and handling disagreements that arise in business relationships.  He has negotiated and documented joint ventures, partnerships, non-disclosure agreements, licenses, leases, warranties, indemnities, and vendor agreements.  He also advises clients on interpreting and enforcing agreements, such as non-competes/non-solicitations, indemnity provisions, and limitations of liability and exclusions.


Prior Experience

Mr. Carmichael began his career as a law clerk to Judge William J. Bauer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, taught law students as an Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University, and was an associate and partner at the international law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP.


  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • State of Illinois



  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, & Trial Bar

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois


  • Certificate in Compliance, Chicago-Kent College of Law

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, with Honors & Order of the Coif

  • B.A., Loyola University Chicago, History, with Distinction


Honors & Awards

  •  Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, Business Litigation, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024

  • Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2014


Community Service

  • Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter, Board of Directors, 2012-2022; Vice-President 2021-2022; Treasurer 2019-2020; Secretary 2020-2021

  • DePaul Center for Public Interest Law, Advisory Board, 2008-2015

  • CARPLS, Associate Board, 2013-2015

  • Appellate Lawyer's Association, Rules Committee, 2013

  • Chicago Bar Association, Chair, Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Client Development and Firm Economics Committee, 2008-2009

  • Chicago Bar Association, Investigator, Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2007-2008



  • Illinois Chapter, Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide, 2010-2017 Editions

  • Appeals Court Decisions Strengthen FTC's Hand in Hospital Merger Challenges, Law360, November 17, 2016 Chicago-Area Hospitals Abandon Fight to Save Merger from FTC Challenge, Lexology, March 22, 2017

  • How to Defeat the Repeat Consumer Class Action Plaintiff, Lexology, May 23, 2016

  • How to Defeat the Warranty Class Action, Lexology, May 11, 2016

  • Warranties Go Digital with Enactment of the E-Warranty Act, October 8, 2015

  • Article 2 of the UCC Trumps Unwritten Intent, Lexology, March 16, 2015

  • Changes for 2015 - What Constitutes Consideration for Restrictive Covenants in Illinois?, ACC Newsstand, February 19, 2015

  • Trouble with the Judge, The Circuit Rider, April 2013

  • Controlling Discovery Helps Resolve Issues, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 21, 2012

  • The Misunderstood 'Protective Order, The Circuit Rider, Vol. 5, June 2008

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