Christine E. Watchorn

Partner

Christine focuses her practice on defending clients in complex litigation, particularly in claims arising from alleged personal injury due to asbestos exposure. She also has significant experience defending clients in a wide range of commercial disputes and business litigation, including financial services and banking litigation, copyright matters, and employment discrimination cases. Christine’s broad base of litigation experience allows her to provide clients with proven strategies to address and resolve considerable challenges and achieve their goals.

Christine has extensive experience in building case strategies and conducting impactful investigations for clients in asbestos matters. Her knowledge of the issues and industries involved in asbestos litigation allows her to quickly assess the plaintiff’s case and conduct effective, deep-dive investigations to develop apportionment evidence and potentially reduce overall client exposure to liability.

In addition to her significant asbestos litigation work, Christine represents clients in complex business litigation matters. She has extensive experience at all phases of litigation, and has a successful track record of achieving impactful results for clients. Christine has particular experience managing motion practice and oral arguments in large, complex cases, and has been successful representing clients in administrative hearings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

 

Education & Admissions

Education

  • Ohio Wesleyan University

    (B.A., cum laude, 1994)

  • Capital University Law School

    (J.D., summa cum laude, 2003)
    Order of the Curia; Capital University Law Review; Presidential Merit Scholarship recipient

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Experience

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Litigates asbestos toxic tort claims and defends product manufacturers.
  • Defends manufacturers of consumer products, including household goods.
  • Represents financial institutions in consumer lending litigation.
  • Represents utility companies before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
  • Litigates copyright infringement suits on behalf of an international performing rights society and software manufacturers.
  • Successfully tried a breach of contract case, obtaining a $3.2 million jury verdict.
  • Obtained summary judgment in personal injury and premises liability cases for fitness centers.
  • Represented a national bank in a federal interpleader action.
  • Experienced in contractual and warranty-based claims and in a wide variety of commercial litigation.
  • Previous experience in the nonprofit sector as a professional trainer, curriculum developer, and community outreach liaison.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

  • “Ohio Re-Constructs its Construction Statute of Repose,” Co-authored, Builder/Architect (June 2005)
  • “The Impact of Tort Reform on the Construction Industry,” Co-authored, Columbus Business First (March 2005)

Presentations

  • “How Will Medical Marijuana Law Impact the Workplace?” Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District Workshop (October 2018)
  • Career Advantage Program, Capital University School of Law, Moderator (January 2018)
  • Career Advantage Program, Capital University School of Law, Panel Presenter and Moderator (January 2017)
  • “The Newly Amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What Every Company’s Legal Department Needs to Know,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Central Ohio Chapter, Nationwide CLE Series (August 2016)
  • “Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know,” Presenter, Ulmer CLE Series (March 2016)
  • Career Advantage Program, Capital University School of Law, Panel Presenter and Moderator (January 2016)
  • “What Big Brother Has Been Up To: You and the CFPB in 2013,” Financial Services Hot Topics (December 2013)

Involvement

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association
  • Ohio Association for Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) (2018 Annual Meeting Moderator, 2019 Annual Meeting Chair)
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Black’s Law Dictionary Panel of Contributors (2009)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • OSU Moritz College of Law, Mentoring and More at Moritz (Mentor, 2005-present)
  • Capital University School of Law, Career Advantage Program (Planning Committee, 2015-2018)
  • The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio
  • Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District
  • Equitas Health/TransOhio Pro Bono Legal Clinic (Volunteer)
  • Leadership Columbus (Class of 2007)
  • Columbus Bar Leadership Academy (Class of 2007)
  • The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, High School Mock Trial State Competition (Volunteer Judge, 2007)
  • Columbus Bar Association, Summer Leader Internship Program (Mentor, 2006; 2007)

FIRM INVOLVEMENT

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • UB WILL – Women in Law and Leadership
  • Litigation Support Users Group

Honors

HONORS

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America®, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants (2019)
  • Named a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal (2018)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2011)

Personal

Christine is an active member of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that promotes educational opportunities for women. Every February, she bowls with the other members of the Ulmer & Berne “Motions to Strike” team to raise money for The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Columbus Nationwide Children’s Hospital.