Christian is an experienced litigator focused on data privacy and the intersection of technology and law. He counsels clients regarding compliance with data privacy regimes, including HIPAA and the General Data Protection Regulation, and he has extensive experience responding to data breaches, including representing clients in regulatory actions. A core member of the Much Shelist Blockchain Technologies Team, Christian frequently advises clients concerning state and federal regulations applicable to distributed ledger technology.

Within his health care practice, Christian represents providers and pharmaceutical companies in a wide range of data privacy and regulatory matters. He has negotiated numerous business associate and information security agreements, and has significant experience conducting internal investigations and representing clients in all stages of state and federal litigation.

Christian writes and speaks on data privacy and security, as well as blockchain technologies. He has been quoted in Inc. on blockchain regulation, frequently writes for publications such as Managed Healthcare Executive and Corporate Compliance Insights, and blogs at www.distributedcounsel.com. Christian has spoken at seminars and conferences presented by the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Illinois Health Care Association, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (National Summit) and other industry and professional organizations.



University of Michigan Law School
J.D., 2005, cum laude
Boston College
B.A., 2002
HeathCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP)

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Tax Court

Professional Organizations

  • Chicago Bar Association, E- Discovery Committee
  • Illinois Association of Health Care Attorneys


Christian supports a number of philanthropic causes, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Insights & Events



  • Forty Under 40, Law Bulletin Media, 2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyers–Rising Stars, 2014-2015
  • Leading Lawyers Network – Emerging Lawyers, Commercial Litigation, 2017-2019
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