Christopher F. Moriarty


Christopher Moriarty litigates securities fraud, corporate governance, and other complex class action litigation in the U.S. and counsels institutional investors on opportunities to seek recovery in securities-related actions in both the U.S. and internationally. His practice encompasses every aspect of litigation, from case-starting to settlement.

Notable securities fraud class actions include: 

  • In re Barrick Gold Securities Litigation, No. 13-cv-03851 (S.D.N.Y.) ($140 million recovery*) (sole lead counsel);
  • City of Brockton Retirement System v. Avon Products, Inc., 11 Civ. 4655 (PGG) (S.D.N.Y.) ($62 million recovery*) (sole lead counsel); 
  • Hill v. State Street Corp., No. 09-cv-12136-GAO (D. Mass.) ($60 million recovery*) (co-lead counsel); 
  • In re Hewlett-Packard Co. Securities Litigation, No. 11-cv-1404 (RNBx) (C.D. Cal.) ($57 million recovery*) (co-lead counsel);
  • KBC Asset Mgmt. v. 3D Sys. Corp., No. 15-cv-02393-MGL (D.S.C.) ($50 million recovery*) (co-lead counsel);
  • Första AP-Fonden and Danske Invest Management A/S v. St. Jude Medical, Inc., No. Civil No. 12-3070 (JNE/HB) (D. Minn.) ($39.25 million recovery*) (co-lead counsel);
  • Ross v. Career Education Corp., No. 12-cv-00276 (N.D. Ill.)  ($27.5 million recovery*) (co-lead counsel);
  • KBC Asset Mgmt. NV v. Aegerion Pharms., Inc., No. 14-cv-10105-MLW (D. Mass.) ($22.25 million recovery*) (co-lead counsel).

Christopher represents investors in shareholder derivative litigation, including in In re Walgreen Co. Derivative Litigation, No. 13-cv-05471 (N.D. Ill.) (securing corporate governance reforms to ensure compliance with the Controlled Substances Act*); antitrust class actions, including In re Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation, No. 11-md-02262-NRB (S.D.N.Y.) (pending); and whistleblowers in proceedings before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. His practice extends to securities-related litigation in several foreign jurisdictions, including England, France, and the Netherlands.

While in law school, Christopher was a member of the Moot Court Board, served as an Executive Editor of the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, and taught a course on constitutional law to LL.M. students. Christopher has also drafted amicus curiae briefs in numerous constitutional law cases before the U.S. Supreme Court (which has cited his work) and the federal courts of appeal.

Christopher was called to the Bar in England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

* Please remember that every case is different. Any result we achieve for one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2011

M.A., Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2007

B.A., Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2003

Licensed In

  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth Circuits

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the District of South Carolina


South Carolina Association for Justice

American Bar Association

South Carolina Bar Association

Charleston County Bar Association

Awards and Accolades

2016–2021 South Carolina Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list
Securities litigation