Christopher D. Belelieu
Areas of Practice
Columbia Law School, J.D., James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2006; Editor-in-Chief, The Columbia Journal of European Law; Executive Editor, The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law; David Berger Memorial Prize in International Law
Georgetown University, A.B., summa cum laude, History & Government (minor in Psychology), 2003; Phi Beta Kappa; Academic All-American & Big East Scholar (Georgetown Men's Tennis Team)
Hon. Rosemary Barkett, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2007-2008
United States Court of Appeals: Second Circuit
United States District Court: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Christopher Belelieu is a partner in the Firm’s New York office. He has a broad practice, representing clients in both complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, including securities, antitrust, class actions and contract disputes. He also advises companies on compliance with antitrust laws and has successfully secured antitrust regulatory approval for a number of mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Belelieu represents and advises clients in the start-up space. Since joining the Firm, Mr. Belelieu has represented clients such as Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, Perella Weinberg Partners, Caithness Energy and WeWork.
Representative matters include:
- Represented a financial institution and related entities in litigation relating to residential mortgage-backed securities filed in federal and state courts.
- Represented a financial institution in arbitration related to the sale of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs).
- Represented a cable programmer and distributor in a purported class action alleging antitrust violations by programming companies and cable and satellite providers based on the bundling of television channels.
- Represented a major pharmaceutical company in a shareholder class action arising out of alleged misrepresentations and omissions relating to the sale of one of its drugs.
- Represented a start-up in litigation relating to the alleged misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets.
Mr. Belelieu has devoted a significant portion of his practice to pro bono service. Mr. Belelieu’s pro bono work has included successfully (i) obtaining asylum for a Guinean refugee in immigration court, (ii) obtaining legal immigration status for his client under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and (iii) resolving a Section 1983 action in which he represented an arrestee who brought a claim for deliberate indifference to the arrestee’s serious medical needs.
Mr. Belelieu has been recognized for his pro bono service on several occasions. He was awarded the Legal Team Award at Her Justice’s/InMotion Inc.’s Commitment to Justice Awards ceremony in 2012 and was part of a legal team that was recognized at The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Awards ceremony in 2007 for work in obtaining a landmark settlement for The Legal Aid Society on behalf of homeless families with children in New York City.
Prior to joining Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Mr. Belelieu was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
The Headscarf as a Symbolic Enemy of the European Court of Human Rights’ Democratic Jurisprudence: Viewing Islam Through a European Legal Prism in Light of the Şahin Judgment, 12 Columbia Journal of European Law 573 (2006)
Boies, Schiller & Flexner Elects Eight New Partners (January 4, 2016)