Christopher is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who practises in the fields of corporate, commercial and civil litigation and dispute resolution, including advising on litigious aspects of corporate transactions. His practice also includes class actions, securities litigation, professional liability, product liability and employment law. He has appeared before the Québec courts of first instance and of appeal, the superior courts of several other provinces, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, and numerous arbitration panels and administrative tribunals (including the Québec securities commission and energy board).
Leading Canadian and international companies prize Christopher’s risk-analysis advice in litigious matters and conflict prevention regarding their interests and operations in Québec and across Canada. With recognized experience in transnational disputes and matters of private international law, Christopher has also acted as arbitrator in numerous disputes (sole arbitrator, or member or chair of a panel), both domestic and international (including ICC and ICDR arbitrations).
Christopher is fluently bilingual in English and French.
Christopher Richter has strong commercial instincts and delivers practical and timely advice taking into consideration the needs of his clients.’
—Chambers Canada, 2023
Recognition and Awards
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in litigation: general commercial (Québec)
The Legal 500—Leading lawyer in dispute resolution (Québec)
Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Litigation Star (commercial, class actions, securities and arbitration)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in alternative dispute resolution, class action litigation and corporate and commercial litigation
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in commercial arbitration, corporate commercial litigation and securities litigation
Best Lawyers in Canada—Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year in Montréal
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most frequently recommended in dispute resolution
Best Lawyers in Canada—Class Action Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Montréal
Christopher taught civil procedure at both McGill University and the Université de Montréal. Active for many years in the Canadian Bar Association, he was Québec branch chair of the International Law Section and chair of the Business Dispute Resolution Committee of the National ILS. He was also the secretary of the Consumer Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association.
Christopher is a current member of The Advocates’ Society, The London Court of International Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee. He is also the past President of the University Club of Montreal.