Christina H. Bost Seaton

Contact:

  • E: christina.bostseaton@fisherbroyles.com
  • T: (203) 887-4665
  • New York Office

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Christina H. Bost Seaton

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment
  • Litigation – Civil Pretrial and Trial Services
  • Litigation & Risk Management
  • Mediation
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Technology

Bar Admissions:

  • New York

Education:

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • Yale University, B.A., 2001

Large Law Firm Experience:

  • Troutman Sanders LLP

Christina leverages technology to provide excellent legal services for her clients at highly competitive rates.  She uses litigation as a tool to achieve her clients’ business objectives in the most efficient manner, and is especially skilled at driving settlements and getting cases dismissed at their onset.

She is a business litigation attorney with extensive state and federal regulatory and litigation experience in (1) restrictive covenants and trade secrets; (2) privacy and cybersecurity; and (3) electronic discovery, which has led to numerous publications and speaking engagements in these areas.  She has wide-ranging substantive experience, including securities litigation, derivative litigation, accountants’ liability, real estate matters (REITs, private equity funds, commercial landlord-tenant, foreclosures, Yellowstone injunctions, zoning disputes), all types of commercial disputes, and employment law.

In addition to her work as an experienced business litigator, Christina advises her clients in all aspects of their business, including, but not limited to, employment law, privacy and data security, and safeguarding intellectual property.

Christina has experience working with clients of all sizes, from individuals, to start-ups, to mid-size companies, to Fortune 100 corporations.  She has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation every year since 2011.

Representative Transactions Include

  • Obtained dismissal of all claims with prejudice at motion to dismiss stage on behalf of two national financial services companies in litigation involving claims for fraud, quiet title, unjust enrichment, and violations of the FDCPA. Goldman v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, 14 Civ. 1886, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34420 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 18, 2015).
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice from the bench at oral argument on behalf of directors and officers of an Israeli company in litigation alleging that they fraudulently induced an investment in the company. Primary drafter of all papers. MP Cool Investments, Ltd. v. Forkosh, Index No. 650730/2015 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cnty.).
  • Successfully foreclosed upon a commercial property in Brooklyn, New York over objections by owner. P.B. #7, LLC v. 231 Fourth Avenue Lyceum, LLC, Index No. 10035/2008 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Kings Cnty.).
  • Obtained preliminary settlement of nationwide class action in case alleging violations of the FDCPA.Graff v. United Collections Bureau, Inc., 12 Civ. 02402 (E.D.N.Y.).
  • Obtained transfer of case to home forum on behalf of directors in a derivative litigation, and subsequent dismissal of all claims.  Weinfeld v. Minor, 12 Civ. 6395, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141297 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2014) and 12 Civ. 6395, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114318 (D. Nev. Aug. 26, 2015), and 12 Civ. 6395, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30117 (D. Nev. Mar. 8, 2016).
  • Obtained dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds on behalf of the technology transfer arm of an Israeli university in an action arising out of a licensing agreement. Gordon v. Ramot-at-Tel-Aviv-University, 13 Civ. 5105, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49376 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 8, 2014), motion for reconsideration denied 13 Civ. 5105, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84238 (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 5, 2014).
  • Represented former professional football player in sexual harassment lawsuit that was resolved after taking the deposition of the plaintiff. Scavo v. Favre, Index No. 100048/2011 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. New York Cnty).
  • Defeated motion to dismiss and settled case brought by a distributor against a supplier. Ross Organic Specialty Sales, Inc. v. Evonik Goldschmidt Corp., Index No. 651685/2011 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. New York Cnty.).
  • Obtained dismissals of all claims at motion to dismiss phase on behalf of accounting firm in litigations arising from the Madoff fraud. Board of Trustees of the Upstate New York Engineers Welfare Fund v. Schulteis & Panettieri, Index No. 4247/2011 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Onondaga Cnty.) and Board of Trustees of the Upstate New York EngineersTraining Fund v. Schulteis & Panettieri, LLP, Index No. 4248/2011 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Onondaga Cnty.)
  • Prevailed on all claims on appeal in a public accommodation lawsuit brought against a movie theater.Boggerty v. Stewart, C.A. No. 09A-05-002, 2010 Del. Super. LEXIS 273 (Del. Super. Ct. Jul. 6, 2010), affirmed 14 A.3d 542 (Del. 2011).
  • Defeated motion to dismiss on behalf of shipping company in a breach of contract litigation. RF International Ltd. v. Lion Metals, Inc., 10 Civ. 1108, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130283 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 10 2010).
  • Represented former officer of company in securities class action throughout motions to dismiss and settlement. In re Actrade Financial, 02 Civ. 1263 (S.D.N.Y.).

Speaking Engagements

  • “Employee Use of Counterclaims and Anti-SLAPP Actions to Challenge Restrictive Covenant Claims,” presented at the Mid-Winter Meeting of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2016.
  •  “Cyber Security Litigation: What You Need to Know,” The Knowledge Group webcast, February 2, 2016.
  • “In-House Counsel Depositions: Navigating Complex Legal and Ethical Issues,” Strafford webcast, January 14, 2016.
  • The Latest on Noncompete Agreements [pdf],” 33rd Annual National CLE Conference in Vail, Colorado, January 2016.
  • “Non-competes on the Cutting Edge,” 32nd Annual National CLE Conference in Vail, Colorado, January 2015.
  • “Bring Your Own Device Policies: What You Need To Know,” presented at the Troutman Sanders LLP Cybersecurity and Information Management Seminars, held in Atlanta, Washington, DC, and New York, May 2014, and at the 2015 Troutman Sanders Annual Labor & Employment seminar.
  • “Internal Investigations in a Digital Workplace,” presented at the National Symposium on Technology and Labor and Employment Law, New York, New York, April 2014.
  • “Emerging Issues in Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets,” presented at the 31st Annual National CLE Conference in Vail, Colorado, January 2014.
  • “It’s as Easy as a Day at the Beach: Basics of Restrictive Covenants and Duties,” presented at the Mid-Winter Meeting of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Miami Beach, Florida, March 2013.
  • Mock Trial Participant at the Mid-Winter Meeting of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2012.
  • “Developments and Issues Concerning the Protection and Disclosure of an Employer’s Confidential or Proprietary Information,” panel discussion before the Labor and Employment law club at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, March 8, 2012.
  • “Strategies & Techniques when Litigating Restrictive Covenants in New York,” CLE sponsored by the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the New York City Bar, September 21, 2011.
  • “Blacklisting 2011,” presented at the Mid-Winter Meeting of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2011.
  • “Legal Trends: Tackling Issues Facing Your Nonprofit,” breakout session at the New York Junior League conference on Nonprofit Excellence: Thriving in a Changing Landscape, May 12, 2010.
  • “Legal Responsibility: Understanding Key Issues,” a lesson on the rights and responsibilities of nonprofit boards of directors in New York that I have taught two to three times a year since approximately 2008 as part of the Leadership Through Governance: Training Volunteers Through Nonprofit Board Membership course held at the New York Junior League.

Publications

  • Author, “Making Sense of Conflicting Court Decisions About Standing in Data Breach Cases,” The Cybersecurity Law Report, March 30, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Privacy Law and Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know About Modern Threats to Electronically-stored Data,” TerraLex Connections, January 2016.
  • Co-Author, “A TRO Non-Compete Primer for the 21st Century,” prepared for the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, March 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets,” prepared for the 32nd Annual National CLE Conference in Vail, Colorado, January 2015.
  • Contributing Editor, Tortious Interference in the Employment Context: A State-by-State Survey, Fourth Edition, Bloomberg BNA, 2014.
  • Co-Author, “Privilege Issues for Multijurisdictional In-house Counsel,” Corporate Counsel Magazine, September 23, 2014.
  • Author, “What Employers Need to Know about Technology’s Impact on Internal Investigations,” prepared for the National Symposium on Technology and Labor and Employment Law,” New York, April 2014.
  • Co-Author, “Class or Collective Waivers and Employment Arbitration—Should Employers Consider Deploying This New Weapon?,” Troutman Sanders LLP Employment & The Law Newsletter, April 7, 2014.
  • Co-Author, “Non-Compete Purgatory: You Know You Are Leaving, But You Are Not Gone (Yet),” prepared for the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, March 2014.
  • Author, “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets from the Employer’s Perspective,” prepared for the 31st Annual National CLE Conference in Vail, Colorado, January 2014.
  • Co-Author, “How Employers Can Minimize Risks under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”),” Troutman Sanders LLP Employment & the Law Newsletter, December 23, 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments in Federal Class Actions—Plaintiffs’ and Defense Counsel Assess the Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decisions in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend and Standard Fire Ins. Co v. Knowles on Employment Class Actions,” ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Flash, May 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Stretching Beyond the Sea Shore: Non-compete Geographic Restrictions in a Virtual World,” prepared for the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, March 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Caution Advised: Employers Must be Careful Not to Commit an Invasion of Privacy During Investigations,” Troutman Sanders LLP Employment & the Law Newsletter, December 13, 2012.
  • Author, “Social Media Password Ownership and the Workplace,” Law 360, December 05, 2012.
  • Co-author, “Does Your Company Need a Chief Privacy Officer?” Law 360, October 15, 2012.
  • Author, “The SCA Can’t Make Public Tweets Private,” Law 360, August 30, 2012.
  • Author, “Is an Online Search a Background Check for FCRA?” Lexis-Nexis Emerging Issues’ Law Community, August 8, 2012.
  • Co-author, “Non-competes in the Electronic Workplace: Solicitation in the Age of Social Media,” prepared for the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, March 2012.
  • Author, “Steps In-House Counsel May Take to Preserve the Attorney-Client Privilege,” American Bar Association’s Employment & Labor Relations Law, Volume 9, Number 1, Spring 2011.
  • Co-Author, “Blacklisting 2011,” prepared for the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, March 2011.
  • Co-Author, “Employee Handbooks, Policy Manuals, and Codes of Ethics: Which Communication Tools Are Best for Your Organization?” Troutman Sanders LLP Employment & the Law Newsletter, December 2, 2009.
  • Co-Author, “Discovery Issues in Patent Litigation,” Patent Litigation 2008, Practicing Law Institute, November 2008.
  • Co-Author, Say Ciao to Chow Mein: Conquering Career Burnout, Life Career Publishing, 2006.

Awards and Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Award 2016

Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Award 2016