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Christopher A. Jaros

Partner
+1.843.579.5644
Fax +1.843.579.5601

Christopher is a member of both K&L Gates’ complex commercial and litigation disputes practice group and its environmental practice group. Christopher’s current representation spans a variety of substantive areas and includes providing environmental advice to clients engaged in complex real estate transactions, defending companies and individuals in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions across various industries, including agribusiness and renewable fuel generation, assisting parties participating in and challenging rulemakings and other regulatory actions, and day-to-day management of more than 30 active toxic tort cases in state and federal court in South Carolina.

More broadly, Christopher has an active litigation practice in both federal and state court, and he handles all phases of complex civil and criminal litigation, including early case assessment and investigation, dispositive motions practice, e-discovery, depositions, expert discovery, trial preparation, trial, and appeal. In addition, he regularly advises clients regarding enforcement and compliance with federal and state environmental statutes and regulatory regimes, including CERCLA, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Jaros was an associate at an international law firm in Washington, D.C., where he maintained an active civil litigation practice that included all aspects of pre-trial and trial preparation. During law school, Mr. Jaros served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Lesley Wells of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Spring Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association Meeting,” April 8, 2016.
  • Co-presenter, "Environmental Liability: Developments in Preemption of State Law" ALI CLE, February 18, 2014.
  • Represented numerous Fortune 500 manufacturing companies defending toxic tort litigation across the United States
  • Represented electric utility in challenge of EPA rulemaking, including in an appeal of the final rule in the Ninth Circuit
  • Represented financial institution in consumer class action lawsuits
  • Represented mining company in defense of Clean Water Act citizen suits
  • Represented Fortune 100 company with respect to one of the largest Superfund sites in New York: successfully pursued third party contribution claims; negotiated remedial issues with state and federal regulators; and defended related personal injury and property damage claims
  • Represented numerous pro bono clients granted asylum in the United States
  • Regularly advises clients regarding numerous federal statutes and regulatory regimes, including CERCLA, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act