Jenner & Block

Christopher Tompkins is a partner in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice.  He focuses on resolving disputes for clients in high-stakes commercial and technology-related disputes. He has handled all phases of litigation in state and federal courts and before domestic and international arbitration tribunals, including pre-litigation investigation and dispute resolution, discovery, trial and appeal.  Clients seek his counsel in areas such as breach of contract, the sale of goods under the UCC, business torts, and intellectual property.

Mr. Tompkins has extensive experience with complex contract disputes, including the failure to supply, early termination, pricing disputes, product licensing, product quality issues and breach of warranty, and supplier bankruptcies.  He has successfully obtained substantial damage awards on behalf of his clients against suppliers, including claims seeking to recover costs resulting from the failure to supply goods or services, and costs incurred by his clients to conduct recalls caused by the supply of defective goods.  He has also represented clients on both sides of disputes regarding professional services.  His clients span an array of industries including steel and mining, food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, electric utilities, automotive, heavy manufacturing, chemical companies, and professional service firms.

Mr. Tompkins also represented a number of electric utilities in litigation against the United States Department of Energy (“DOE”) seeking damages for breach of contract related to DOE’s failure to accept and dispose spent nuclear fuel from these client’s nuclear reactors.  Mr. Tompkins was a key part of a team that obtained a $56.8 million judgment on behalf of Energy Northwest in its lawsuit against DOE following a three-week trial.  Mr. Tompkins also pursued cases that resulted in favorable settlements for Exelon Generation and South Carolina Electric and Gas.

Mr. Tompkins has been independently recognized as a standout lawyer by AcritasStars based on client nominations, and named a “Rising Star” in business litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers.  Mr. Tompkins is also a frequent writer and speaker on topics frequently encountered in his practice, including the sale of goods under the UCC, breach of warranty, electronic contracting, and force majeure issues.

Mr. Tompkins has an active pro bono practice.  He has advocated for the rights of low-income tenants in partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, and serves on the Lawyer’s Committee’s board of directors.  Mr. Tompkins also spent more than a decade working on behalf of man wrongfully of murder in Illinois in 1977 at the age of 14, successfully obtaining a commutation of his sentence in 2011, and a pardon issued by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in 2015.