Christopher D. Lonn

Member

Christopher D. Lonn is a Member of Jennings Strouss whose legal practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, arbitration and administrative law, with a specific emphasis on securities and investment fraud litigation and arbitration, real estate disputes, business divorces, dental professional representation and employment law and litigation.

Biography

Christopher D. Lonn is a Member of Jennings Strouss whose legal practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, arbitration and administrative law, with a specific emphasis on securities and investment fraud litigation and arbitration, real estate disputes, business divorces, dental professional representation and employment law and litigation.  For over 25 years, Chris has represented clients in a wide array of matters involving:  business disputes, commercial torts, commercial sales contracts, buy-sell agreements, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, trade secret litigation, defamation and breaches of fiduciary duty.  Chris is licensed to practice in Arizona and California.

Chris strives to take complex and confusing factual and legal issues and break them down into easily understandable concepts.  Another important aspect of Chris’s representation is to comprehensively evaluate the dispute or business matter from all angles and then select the most cost-effective and practical way to tackle it.

In connection with his securities and investment fraud practice, Chris has experience representing broker-dealers and investors in proceedings before administrative agencies, including the Arizona Securities Division, the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Chris has also represented clients before the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.

Representative Experience

Securities and Investment Fraud Litigation

  • Successfully represented client in FINRA securities fraud arbitration against a national broker dealer and its registered representative winning an award for compensatory damages and punitive damages.
  • Successfully represented client in arbitration against a Registered Investment Advisor and its investment advisor representative by proving breach of fiduciary duty, professional negligence and negligent misrepresentations.
  • Successfully represented public customers against a national broker-dealer in securities fraud case in FINRA arbitration where claims for negligence, negligent supervision, suitability, lack of due diligence, selling away, breaches of fiduciary duty and other claims were also alleged. The public customer clients received a recovery of in the seven figures.
  • Successfully obtained a unanimous defense verdict in a securities fraud lawsuit filed against husband and wife business owners.
  • Representation of many public customer clients against broker-dealers and Registered Investment Advisors resulting in substantial settlements.
  • Representation of broker-dealers and registered representatives in FINRA arbitrations.
  • Ponzi scheme litigation.

Construction Law and Litigation

  • Represented some of Arizona’s largest home builders in all forms of construction litigation and administrative proceedings before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.
  • Represented many individual homeowners against general contractors and subcontractors in connection with construction defects.
  • Representation of contractors and homeowners regarding the termination of construction contracts.
  • Representation of subcontractors in claims brought by project owners or general contractors.

Business Litigation

  • Successful trial verdict in a complex breach of contract case.
  • Successful representation of legal professionals in “business divorce” disputes.
  • Prosecution and defense of claims alleging all forms of business torts, breaches of contract and breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Successful representation of businesses in bringing or defending against trade secret and unfair competition claims.
  • Successful representation of golf clubs and homeowners’ associations brought by or against members.

Lemon Law Litigation

  • Successfully represented a married couple against an automobile manufacturer and obtained the only known jury verdict finding that excessive brake noise is a defect under a governing “lemon law” statute.
  • Successful representation of car dealer in lawsuit filed by lemon law plaintiff in California.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Representation of individuals and companies in commercial real estate investments.
  • Commercial purchase and lease disputes.
  • Mobile home and RV park disputes.

Arizona Administrative Agency Representation

  • Representation of businesses and individuals before the Arizona Corporation Commission.
  • Representation of broker-dealers in securities disputes.
  • Represents clients with regulatory inquiries, investigations, Wells’ responses, examinations under oath and defense of enforcement actions.
  • Represents licensed contractors in commercial litigation matters and before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC).
  • Represents dental and medical professionals before various administrative agencies.
  • Representation of Real Estate Agents before the Arizona Department of Real Estate.

Appellate Representation

  • Successful representation of clients in Arizona appellate cases.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • California (1999)
  • Arizona (1993)

Court Admission

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California (2002)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1999)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1995)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (1993)

Media and Presentations

Articles

Blog

Presentations

  • Debate moderator between candidates running for Maricopa County Attorney (2004)
  • Debate moderator between candidates running for Arizona Attorney General (2003)

Memberships

City of Scottsdale

  • Member, Board of Directors, Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (20042007 and 20072010)

Construction Lawyers Society of America 

Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Judge Pro Tem (20042007)

Scottsdale Bar Association

  • Member (1997present)
  • President, Board of Directors (20042005)
  • Member, Board of Directors (19982006)
  • Volunteer, Scottsdale Paiute Neighborhood Center (19972006)

State Bar of Arizona

  • Member, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee (20032005)

Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA)

  • Member (1997-Present)
  • Ex Officio, Board of Directors (2004-2005)