September 23, 2023

Volume XIII, Number 266


Christina Manfredi McKinley

Christina McKinley is a shareholder in Babst Calland’s Litigation, Energy and Natural Resources, and Environmental groups. Ms. McKinley continually strives to provide business-oriented solutions to her clients and routinely serves as a general advisor, counseling clients on day-to-day legal and business matters on any number of issues. Her business-focused, proactive approach to problem-solving allows her to provide solutions to clients in a variety of industries. Her experience spans a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, energy, chemicals, and environmental.

As a litigator who focuses on complex commercial matters, Ms. McKinley’s trial practice encompasses all phases of litigation, from early alternative dispute resolution through post-trial motions. She has concentrated experience in complex purchase agreement and commercial contracts disputes, protection of competitive interests (e.g., Lanham Act, unfair competition, tortious interference, trade secret protection, restrictive covenants), technology disputes (e.g., software services and license agreements), and corporate governance.

An experienced appellate litigator, Ms. McKinley has practiced before the United States Supreme Court at every stage of the process, including the briefing and preparation of two merits cases that were argued before the Court. She also has briefed and prepared cases for argument before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth, and D.C. Circuits, and she has argued numerous cases before the Pennsylvania intermediate appellate court. Her appellate practice spans a range of substantive fields, including intellectual property, immigration, tax, bankruptcy, and criminal law.

Representative Experience

  • Secured multi-million dollar arbitration award for energy client in proceeding to remedy tortious interference with client’s contracts related to its acquisition of working interests in natural gas wells
  • Following preliminary injunction proceedings, negotiated favorable settlement for global manufacturing client with former employee and competitor related to violation of restrictive covenants
  • Successfully resolved nine-party commercial contract dispute related to claims of fraud and conspiracy for manufacturing client, following contentious court proceedings on motions to dismiss
  • Secured favorable result for environmental client in a breach of contract dispute with a public water utility
  • Successfully represented international chemical and consumer goods company in indemnification dispute regarding breach of representations and warranties in purchase agreement
  • Negotiated successful result for global manufacturing company against software company regarding licensing and support agreements
  • Secured summary judgment and Daubert victories and created new case law in the Fifth Circuit related to Lanham Act’s causation requirement in multi-million dollar unfair competition suit against competitor (Robroy Industries-Texas, LLC and Robroy Industries, Inc. v. Thomas & Betts Corporation, No. 2:15-512, 2017 WL 1370545 (E.D. Tex. Apr. 10, 2017))

Articles in the National Law Review database by Christina Manfredi McKinley