Christopher M. Sheehan is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group and ERISA Litigation Practice Group, and represents clients in a wide array of complex, high-stakes commercial disputes and government investigations.
As part of his civil litigation practice, Mr. Sheehan defends clients in ERISA civil suits and Department of Labor (DOL) enforcement actions; assists companies with large-scale confidential investigations; and has represented public and privately-held companies, government entities and individuals throughout the country at both the trial and various appellate levels. For example, Mr. Sheehan represented a major competitor in the food processing industry in a highly contentious patent infringement action, served as a member of a trial team representing an actuarial consulting firm in litigation involving a massive self-funded health insurance program and recently represented a private label credit service provider in an appeal before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, Mr. Sheehan has represented several Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes investigations initiated by the US Department of Justice.
As a member of the firm’s ERISA Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Sheehan recently represented a third-party administrator in a DOL civil enforcement action and an individual alleged to have wrongfully received assets from an ERISA covered benefit plan. Mr. Sheehan is a contributor to the firm’s ERISA Litigation Handbook and has published on emerging trends in ERISA litigation.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sheehan also has maintained a robust pro bono caseload. He helped draft model legislation for a uniform state statute reforming eyewitness identification procedures during criminal investigations and trials, represented a victim of domestic violence seeking court protection against further abuse and defended a city municipality before the US Supreme Court in a Section 1983 civil action involving complex issues surrounding pretrial detainee rights. In 2018, the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association presented Mr. Sheehan and a team of Jenner attorneys with their annual “Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service” in recognition of the firm’s representation of an incarcerated individual in a Section 1983 civil suit.
While at the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Sheehan competed on the university’s mock trial team where he served as captain. In 2005, he was awarded the Outstanding Attorney Award from the American Mock Trial Association for perfect scores in oral advocacy and overall case-in-chief. While attending Notre Dame Law School, he served as an active member of the law school’s appellate moot court team.