Christopher Wheeler is a trial lawyer and civil litigator with a focus on antitrust and complex healthcare litigation. He is a member of Farella’s New Business Committee and a founding partner of the firm’s Healthcare Litigation and Investigations practice.
Chris's antitrust practice spans state and federal courts. In the landmark antitrust class action against the dominant hospital system in Northern California, Chris led the Farella team that, along with co-counsel and the California Attorney General, obtained a $575 million settlement and historic injunctive relief on behalf of a certified class of California corporations, government entities, and union trusts.
Chris brings a deep background in economics and market regulation to his antitrust and complex litigation practice. During the U.S. financial crisis, he served as vice president and deputy director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, where he led one of the first investigations into the regulatory failures contributing to the crisis. Chris began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Chris’s trial and litigation experience is varied. He successfully defended a leading Silicon Valley company in a patent license arbitration against a competitor—backed by one of the world’s largest private equity firms—that was seeking tens of millions of dollars in unpaid royalties. Following three years of litigation and an evidentiary hearing lasting 25 days, the arbitrator sanctioned the competitor for more than it recovered in unpaid royalties. Chris also has prosecuted and tried to verdict a number of criminal cases as a “loaner” Assistant District Attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. His jury verdicts have been upheld on appeal. People v. Alcauter-Martinez, App. No. 15-008044, slip op. (S.F. Super. Ct. App. Div. Mar. 5, 2018).
In his pro bono practice, Chris has represented indigent tenants in unlawful detainer actions and victims of elder abuse. He has also won political asylum for refugee families, including a Laotian Hmong veteran of the CIA “secret army” and three generations of survivors of the Liberian civil war.
Memberships and Affiliations
- President, Harvard Law School Association of Northern California
- Member, Executive Committee, Harvard Law School Association
- Member, Antitrust Practice Group, American Health Law Association
- Member, Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association
- Member, Antitrust and Business Regulation Section, Bar Association of San Francisco
- Member, Litigation Section Executive Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco (2016-2017)