Christopher R. Healy is an associate in the Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Mr. Healy’s practice focuses on newsroom and First Amendment matters and higher education law. He also advises clients on a wide range of other subject matters, including criminal defense, professional liability, insurance coverage, products liability, civil rights, patents, and class action defense.
Mr. Healy has extensive appellate litigation experience, having authored or co-authored dozens of briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals and various state appellate courts. He has successfully opposed certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court and has briefed appeals involving $100 million professional liability claims, issues of first impression under the False Claims Act, and novel questions of federalism and the Commerce Clause.
In addition to his appellate work, Mr. Healy has experience representing clients in critical matters before trial courts. He was a member of the defense team in the largest auditor liability case ever to go to trial in the United States, and he helped obtain a complete defense verdict for a medical device manufacturer in a federal criminal trial alleging off-label promotion.
Mr. Healy has a deep commitment to pro bono practice. He was appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to represent an indigent plaintiff in a civil rights action. The court ruled unanimously in the client’s favor just four days after oral argument, commending Mr. Healy for having “very ably represented” his client and noting the court’s appreciation for Mr. Healy’s “service to his client and the justice system.”
Mr. Healy also helped write the briefs on behalf of a group of U.S. military veterans who challenged systemic delays in the Veterans Administration’s benefits appeals process, winning a landmark, unanimous victory in the Federal Circuit. He also served as counsel of record on behalf of a criminal defendant in the Fourth Circuit and represented in the Fifth Circuit a nonprofit organization that aids victims of human trafficking.
Mr. Healy previously served as the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, where he wrote amicus briefs in free speech-related matters around the country and wrote articles for the Reporters Committee’s website and magazine.
Before joining Pepper, Mr. Healy worked in the appellate practice of King & Spalding LLP and the litigation practice of Perkins Coie LLP, both in Washington, D.C. Before that, he clerked for Judge D. Michael Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for Judge Christopher C. Conner on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Healy graduated from William & Mary School of Law, where he was ranked 10th in his class and was a notes editor for the William & Mary Law Review. He was a member of William & Mary’s Moot Court Team, winning three intermural moot court tournaments, three best oralist awards, and one best brief award.