I’ve founded and run several education companies (two of which became significant public companies). None have been more effective than Chris Serbagi, who has been my trusted commercial litigator and trademark counsel for over fifteen years. Chris knows how to win cases and he does so efficiently, honorably, and at reasonable cost. Through his dogged thoroughness and strategic thinking, he has prevailed in a variety of trademark and commercial disputes, all at reasonable cost.
Chris has deftly handled a variety of matters for my companies involving non-competition, confidentiality, fiduciary issues, and a variety of contract issues. I have read about his various high profile victories in the media and New York Law Journal. He has prevailed in big cases over numerous large and famous law firms.
I have never met an attorney with greater skill and integrity than Chris. He is smart, knowledgeable, and creative. His determination and attention to detail are breathtaking. I am particularly impressed by Christopher’s desire to avoid needless spending and to think strategically, which has led to large in savings and great results.
I would hire Christopher for any bet-the-company case.
– John Katzman, Founder of the Princeton Review, 2U, Inc., Currently Founder and CEO of The Noodle Companies
I am the former General Counsel of a Fortune 500 company. I hired Christopher Serbagi to handle a significant breach of contract case involving grain trading before an international arbitration association. Not only did we prevail in the case, but we also won a significant sum on counterclaims that Christopher developed. He handled the case deftly, creatively, and in a manner that was economical for the Company. I would hire him again without reservation.
– Rene Carson, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal & Governance Officer Renovatio PR LLC
I have worked with Chris for over ten years on a variety of legal matters, including a well-known federal lawsuit that is now part of IP case history and regularly studied in law schools. It was a real life David vs. Goliath litigation and posed a significant risk for the future of my grandfather’s photography collection. With Chris’ leadership we prevailed despite unfavorable odds and my family’s small business was preserved for generations to come. Our gratitude for this is beyond words.
There is no roadmap for complex litigation matters that Chris has handled. Not every attorney has the stomach or chops for it. Chris is a uniquely creative attorney that has provided expert advice, qualitatively comparable to big firms, but at reasonable costs. He is sharp, skillful and strategic.
In short, Chris is a born litigator. I have watched him in court many times. I would never want to be opposing counsel in one of his cases. I have even heard multiple lawyers say the same. Chris is a what every lawyer should be–a true advocate for his clients. He also loves what he does.
– Melissa Stevens, Director of Shaw Family Archives, Ltd.
Christopher Serbagi has been our trusted trademark attorney for the last ten years. He has very skillfully guided us through a variety of trademark issues and successfully obtained a number of valuable trademarks for our cosmetics company. Christopher has also very successfully litigated a trademark infringement litigation for us with multiple defendants, with incredible skill and at low cost. Christopher is very honest and employs incredible integrity and dedication in his work for me. He is responsive, diligent, and a pleasure to work with. We recommend Christopher without reservation.
-Boom! By Cindy Joseph
My spouse and I retained Christopher Serbagi to advise on a possible litigation involving a real estate transaction. We knew Christopher because he formerly represented a family member, an owner of a publishing company, in a significant breach of contract arbitration, where he prevailed in all respects at a very reasonable cost.
We found Christopher to be incredibly responsive, 100% reliable, totally trustworthy, completely straightforward, highly intelligent, and genuinely interested in helping us. We were particularly impressed because he helped us navigate some rather subtle conflicts throughout this issue to achieve a good outcome. More importantly, demonstrating that he had only our best interests in mind, rather than pressing us toward litigation (as many attorneys would have), where the fees would have undoubtedly been high, Christopher advocated a more measured business solution where we avoided the time and costs associated with litigation. We feel this level of integrity and client-focus is very difficult to find and we are very grateful to Christopher for his skillful guidance.
-Olivia Magowan and Nicholas Shea, NYC Real Estate Owners
Christopher Serbagi was hired by my company in New York to work on our trademarks. As the chief commercial officer of our pharmaceutical company, I had a significant interest in protecting our trademark portfolio. Christopher was extremely instrumental in establishing and protecting our assets. Though he was an outside contractor, Christopher worked as if he were a part of the company, working seamlessly with all departments and keeping everyone centered on strategy and implementation
Over the years, I have tapped Christopher for additional services. He has consulted on contracts for another business I am now involved with. He has also provided cogent and creative legal advice on various agreements that cover an array of different activities.
Christopher’s depth of knowledge, focused thinking and strategic mind have made him my preferred legal advisor. He always has good recommendations as well as a broad array of connections to help develop a robust and actionable legal plan.
-Elaine Hochberg, Former Chief Commercial Officer | Executive Vice President | US, Forest Laboratories, Inc.
Christopher Serbagi is an intellectual property lawyer with integrity. He is competent, professional, resourceful, and responsive. When a legal matter came up for our literary agency and we needed an attorney to help us figure out how to best handle it, Mr. Serbagi advised us of our options, helped us come up with a strategy, and successfully litigated our case, going above and beyond the call of duty. He is an outstanding negotiator. He understands contracts, and how to best represent one’s rights under them. Also importantly, he is not only an astute lawyer, but also a wonderful human being you can trust to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and best represent your interests. I could not recommend him more highly.
-Michelle Tessler, Tessler Literary Agency
Christopher Serbagi was my lawyer in negotiating my first licensing deal. All entrepreneurs (especially a 26-year-old founder!) need a lawyer that they can trust; someone who is firmly and steadfastly in their court. Chris Serbagi is that lawyer. With Chris, you’ll never feel taken advantage of by the other side, and you’ll know that you have the best deal possible in negotiations. Chris cares not only about his clients; he cares about their community, too. He once put together a dinner of his clients—all female founders—at the University Club, and it was one of the most memorable nights in the early days of my business. I recommend Chris’ services with the highest regard and esteem.
-Katie Schloss, Founder of Three Jane jewelry
Great job in making the impossible, possible. Even though it was a difficult task, Chris Serbagi was able to get our business, Best Cruises, Inc. trademarked. Excellent service and response time, as well as follow up years later, when there was additional action required to keep our trademark.
-Randi Fagin, Director of Operations, Best Cruises
The Metropolitan Opera Guild recently launched a successful bi-weekly podcast. As we explored the idea of this project, we turned to Christopher Serbagi and his vast knowledge of copyright. He was able to provide insights about the use of musical examples and other educational materials that may appear in a given episode. This advice was invaluable as we developed a product that in its first two years reached over ½ million individual listens. We are now exploring the idea of online learning and have returned to Christopher for counsel on issues of fair use and copyright in the arena of online education”
-Thomas M. Martin – Managing Director, Metropolitan Opera Guild
Stuart Holt – Director of School Programs and Community Engagement, Metropolitan Opera Guild
I hired Christopher Serbagi for a litigation concerning a business dispute I had with a former business partner over a vintage fashion items. Christopher is a brilliant attorney and was fantastic during this litigation. He worked diligently and tirelessly on my behalf under what were very stressful circumstances. He put such pressure on the other side that they capitulated and we quickly reached settlement, which I considered to be very favorable. I recommend Christopher fully and without hesitation.
-Meagan Freilich, Fashion Consultant
When a royalty dispute developed between myself and a company regarding some books I’d written, Chris Serbagi stepped in, and was able to negotiate a buy-out that exceeded expectations. He delved into the nitty-gritty of the contracts, waded through years of emails and book revision notes, was able to ferret out hard numbers from the company (a remarkable accomplishment in and of itself) and developed arguments that were basically unassailable. Chris was instrumental in obtaining a significant settlement.
I found Chris to be a very smart, very skilled straight-shooter, uninterested in hyping his own importance or in padding his bills. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
-Geoff Martz, author
I have known and worked with Christopher for nearly 20 years. We have been colleagues at the same firm and have collaborated since joining separate firms. Christopher is a real IP lawyer, not a dabbler, and he is a very capable litigator, with a keen sense of how to prepare cases for trial and how to position them for settlement. By running his own firm, he has the flexibility to take cases that excite him and to run them on a lean and cost-effective basis. I regularly refer him matters where my firm has a conflict and can’t take on the work. I recommend him without reservation.
–Eric Prager, attorney
I have been an attorney in New York City and Chicago for the last 25 years. Christopher Serbagi and I have worked closely together on a number of matters since 1997. He always approaches legal problems tenaciously, creatively, and yet ethically. Christopher is a capable, diligent, and hard-working attorney–he also happens to be a solid human being. It has always been both a pleasure and a learning experience when I’ve worked with him.