A. Christopher Young is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and chairman of the Franchise, Distribution and Marketing Section of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. His trial practice, in federal and state courts, involves many substantive areas, including antitrust, admiralty, franchise disputes, commercial disputes, insurance and products liability.
Mr. Young has represented large petroleum refining and chemical companies in admiralty, toxic tort, antitrust, business, commercial and franchise disputes. He also has represented freight forwarding companies, life, health and disability insurers, building equipment manufacturers, a security alarm company, internet companies, health care companies and software manufacturers in a variety of business and commercial disputes. Together with other members of Pepper, Mr. Young has built a strong relationship with clients and has advised them on risk management, contract negotiations, alternative dispute resolution options and litigation matters.
Mr. Young is trial counsel in a number of commercial disputes, including the defense of a security alarm provider against class action claims brought by a nationwide class of dealers; the defense of a franchisor sued for its refusal to consent to the assignment of a franchise agreement; the defense of a franchisor against a franchisee’s declaratory judgment claim seeking to terminate its franchise agreement; and the prosecution of trademark infringement damages claims on behalf of a franchisor against its franchisees.