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Christine Cesare is one of six members of the firm's Management Committee and leads its Litigation Section. The Management Committee manages the day-to-day worldwide operations of the firm. Ms. Cesare served as head of Bryan Cave's Commercial Litigation Client Service Group from 2008 to 2013 and also previously served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and its Compensation Committee. Ms. Cesare is a litigator with a practice focus on complex commercial litigation, including class actions.

In the area of complex banking and business litigation, she has represented financial institutions in actions and class actions involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, lender liability, negligence, indemnification and unjust enrichment as well as claims under various state and federal statutes, including consumer statutes.  Her experience includes advice and representation in connection with consumer mortgage matters including claims of predatory lending, TILA and RESPA violations and claims of bad faith arising out of the loan modification process.  She has also represented financial institutions acting as corporate trustees and has experience defending corporate trustees in actions involving claims for breach of contract, negligence, indemnification, constructive trust and breach of fiduciary duty.  In the course of representing financial services companies issuing prepaid cards, she has been involved in litigation matters challenging the issuance of such cards, she also has experience defending ATM disclosure cases.

In addition to complex commercial litigation, Ms. Cesare has represented corporate clients in actions involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and the misappropriation of confidential and proprietary information. 

Representative Experience

  • Defend class action filed against bank arising out of a ponzi scheme perpetuate by former branch manager.
  • Representation of American Bankers Association as Amicus Curiae in connection with issues arising out of Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Proceeding.
  • Defense of class action filed against bank alleging conflicts of interest and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Representation of lender in a "qui tam" proceeding defending alleged violations of the regulations governing home lending to veterans.
  • Representation of financial institution and credit card issuer in a class action filed in state court involving claims asserted under New York state consumer laws.
  • Defense of "mass actions" alleging claims of fraud arising out of residential mortgages.
  • Representation of banks in connection with mortgage related claims and issues, wrongful foreclosure, HAMP modification issues, including bad faith motions.
  • Defense of a class action commenced in federal court against a financial institution and a senior officer alleging a massive fraud, perpetrated through the public offering and sale of unregistered securities, arising out of a series of involved banking relationships with a significant customer.
  • Representation of Corporate Trustee in connection with failure of issuer to timely file its Annual Report on Form 10K and its Quarterly Report on Form 10Q.
  • Representation of corporate trustee in against issuer for breach of financial covenants, including fraudulent transfer of assets.
  • Defense of corporate trustee in class actions involving bond holders alleging that the failure of a financial institution to properly preserve, maintain and sell collateral securing $120 million in bonds.
  • Representation of a financial institution serving as custodian against claims arising out of an exchange offer.
  • Defense of a series of actions commenced in federal and state court against a financial institution acting as a corporate trustee by secondary purchasers of defaulted bonds for which the financial institution acted as a corporate trustees seeking damages in excess of $123 million. 
  • Representation of a financial institution acting as a corporate trustee in a federal court class action involving conflicting claims of bond holders to approximately $86 million representing the proceeds of defaulted bonds.
  • Representation of a corporation against a former employee who misappropriated proprietary and confidential information before joining a direct competitor; secured preliminary and permanent injunctive relief.
  • Representation of a financial institution against claims arising out of asset management services.
  • Representation of prepaid card issuers in connection with gift card rewards and loyalty programs, including related litigation proceedings.
  • Representation of financial institutions and credit card issuers in several federal court actions involving claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and TILA.
  • Defense of claims related to ATM fee disclosures.
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Christine Cesare practices in the area of litigation with a focus on complex commercial litigation and employment matters.

In the area of employment law, Ms. Cesare has represented corporate clients defending discrimination claims involving race, sex, age, sexual harassment, disability and retaliation before administrative agencies and in federal court. In addition, she has extensive experience advising clients on issues of compliance under the various federal employment statutes, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Older Workers Benefits Protection Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Her experience has included drafting employee handbooks and manuals, policies on sexual harassment, policies on ADA compliance and internal grievance procedures. She has written several articles on employment related topics such as arbitration, sexual harassment and the Family Medical Leave Act. Ms. Cesare has been a speaker at seminars addressing topics such as ADA compliance, sexual harassment and electronic discovery issues. Ms. Cesare has represented corporate clients in actions involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and the misappropriation of confidential and proprietary information. She also has conducted training seminars for management on sexual harassment. Her litigation experience includes trial, appellate and arbitration proceedings.

Representative Experience

  • Defend class action filed against bank arising out of a ponzi scheme perpetuate by former branch manager.
  • Representation of American Bankers Association as Amicus Curiae in connection with issues arising out of Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Proceeding.
  • Defense of class action filed against bank alleging conflicts of interest and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Representation of lender in a "qui tam" proceeding defending alleged violations of the regulations governing home lending to veterans.
  • Representation of financial institution and credit card issuer in a class action filed in state court involving claims asserted under New York state consumer laws.
  • Defense of "mass actions" alleging claims of fraud arising out of residential mortgages.
  • Representation of banks in connection with mortgage related claims and issues, wrongful foreclosure, HAMP modification issues, including bad faith motions.
  • Defense of a class action commenced in federal court against a financial institution and a senior officer alleging a massive fraud, perpetrated through the public offering and sale of unregistered securities, arising out of a series of involved banking relationships with a significant customer.
  • Representation of Corporate Trustee in connection with failure of issuer to timely file its Annual Report on Form 10K and its Quarterly Report on Form 10Q.
  • Representation of corporate trustee in against issuer for breach of financial covenants, including fraudulent transfer of assets.
  • Defense of corporate trustee in class actions involving bond holders alleging that the failure of a financial institution to properly preserve, maintain and sell collateral securing $120 million in bonds.
  • Representation of a financial institution serving as custodian against claims arising out of an exchange offer.
  • Defense of a series of actions commenced in federal and state court against a financial institution acting as a corporate trustee by secondary purchasers of defaulted bonds for which the financial institution acted as a corporate trustees seeking damages in excess of $123 million. 
  • Representation of a financial institution acting as a corporate trustee in a federal court class action involving conflicting claims of bond holders to approximately $86 million representing the proceeds of defaulted bonds.
  • Representation of a corporation against a former employee who misappropriated proprietary and confidential information before joining a direct competitor; secured preliminary and permanent injunctive relief.
  • Representation of a financial institution against claims arising out of asset management services.
  • Representation of prepaid card issuers in connection with gift card rewards and loyalty programs, including related litigation proceedings.
  • Representation of financial institutions and credit card issuers in several federal court actions involving claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and TILA.
  • Defense of claims related to ATM fee disclosures.