Christopher T. Holding

Christopher T. Holding

Partner Co-Chair, Antitrust & Competition
Christopher T. Holding

Christopher Holding is Co-Chair of Goodwin’s Antitrust & Competition Practice and a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Holding has particular expertise in issues involving the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property. He has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the country and defended federal and state investigations.

Mr. Holding's practice has been deeply immersed in the competition issues at the forefront of the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, he has represented clients on competition issues in industries ranging from health care devices to waste disposal to financial services. Mr. Holding regularly counsels clients on competition issues relating to pricing, including resale price maintenance, minimum advertised price programs, distribution agreements, and Internet pricing. In addition, he routinely advises clients on competition issues with respect to the licensing of IP rights.

Professional Activities

Mr. Holding is a member of the American and Boston Bar Associations. He currently serves as vice chair of the board of trustees of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.

Professional Experience

From October 1998 through April 1999, he served as a special assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County (MA) District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted crimes and successfully litigated several jury trials.


While at Harvard Law School, Mr. Holding was an Editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. At Princeton, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Areas of Practice


Mr. Holding’s recent representative matters in the pharmaceutical industry include:

  • Defending clients in numerous governmental investigations and private class actions challenging “reverse payment” settlement agreements
  • Serving as lead counsel for the plaintiff in the first “product hopping” case to go to trial, establishing new law concerning challenges to the use of life cycle management strategies to deter competition
  • Representing plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving allegations of fraudulent patent procurement and sham litigation
  • Representing a client in state attorney general investigation concerning agreement among generic drug company competitors
  • Litigating intellectual property damages issues in connection with “at risk” launches of generic products
  • Advising clients on competition issues in relation to Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (“REMS”) programs
  • Advising clients on FDA matters and citizen petitions addressing approval of generic drugs



J.D., 1994
Harvard Law School

(magna cum laude)

B.A., 1988
Princeton University

(summa cum laude)


1994 to 1995 Connecticut Supreme Court, Honorable Ellen A. Peters





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