Christopher L. Dore


I graduated with a degree in legal sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara, received my Master’s degree magna cum laude from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (located in Onati, Spain), and received my J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. I direct investigations and new case development for the firm.

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Curriculum Vitae

CHRISTOPHER L. DORE is a Partner at Edelson PC where he oversees the firm’s case development team, with particular emphasis on consumer protection cases and managing the firm’s mass tort development group.

In the mass tort and mass action space, Chris has assisted in, among others, the development and representation of cases involving (1) hundreds of individuals suffering from exposure to the air pollutant ethylene oxide (“EtO”); (2) thousands of former football players suffering from the long-term effects of concussive and sub-concussive hits; (3) thousands of families who lost their homes, businesses, and even loved ones in the 2018 “Camp Fire” and the 2020 Oregon wildfires; (4) thousands of consumers exposed to toxic PFAS in their drinking water; and (5) dozens of governmental entities, unions, private insurance funds, and others seeking to recover from the devastation of the opioid crisis.

Chris also led the investigation of a first of its kind class action alleging that a prominent club volleyball program committed fraud by concealing the owner and head coach’s history of sexually abusing teenage girls in his care. This case has been described as “a ‘blueprint’ for sex abuse cases against caregivers” (Bloomberg, January 2019).

Chris additionally oversaw the investigation of infamous plaintiff’s lawyer Tom Girardi and his firm, Girardi Keese, which led to the filing of Edelson v. Girardi, which revealed for the first time the depth of Girardi’s alleged ponzi scheme and systematic failures to ethically represent his clients.

In the area of consumer protection, Chris has helped develop hundreds of cases, from deceptive product and online marketing to violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), along with issues centered on employment, unfair practices in the health care industry, banking, and insurance industry. For example, Chris was at the forefront of developing litigation related to business interruption insurance on behalf of thousands of businesses following COVID-19 government shutdowns.

Chris also helped initiate a series of first-of-their-kind class actions against social gaming
companies alleging violations of state gambling law, which have resulted in settlements worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

In the firm’s privacy and technology practice, Chris has assisted in the investigation and
development of myriad novel and groundbreaking cases, including data breach litigation,
unlawful interception and collection of personal data, IoT, systematic digital security failures, improper sharing of data, and the regulation of biometrics.

Chris received his law degree from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, his M.A. in Legal Sociology from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (located in Onati, Spain), and his B.A. in Legal Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Chris also serves on the Illinois Bar Foundation, Board of Directors.


Representative Cases:

  • In re: Nat’l Collegiate Athletic Ass’n Single School/Single Sport Concussion Litig., 16-cv-8727, MDL No. 2492 (N.D. Ill.).
  • In re: Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) Prods. Liability Litig., 18-mn-2873-RMG, MDL No., 2873 (D.S.C.).
  • Koch et al. v. Medline, 2019 L 009502 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty, Ill.).
  • Knight v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation, 21-cv-03003 (W.D. Ark.)
  • Rose v. Becton, Dickinson and Company, 20-cv-03961 (N.D. Ga.)
  • In Re: Society Insurance Company COVID-19 Business Interruption Protection Insurance Litigation, 20-cv-05965 (N.D. Ill.)
  • In re PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, 19-cv-05257 (N.D. Cal.)
  • In re: Lion Air Flight JT 610 Crash, 18-cv-07686 (N.D. Ill.)
  • The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 v. Purdue Pharma LP, 2019-CH-01548 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty, Ill.).
  • Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency v. Purdue Pharma L.P., 18-op-46210 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty, Ill.).
  • Mullen v. GLV, Inc., 18-cv-01465 (N.D. Ill.).
  • Kater v. Churchill Downs, Inc., 15-cv-00612 (W.D. Wash. Nov. 2, 2018).
  • Benson v. Double Down Interactive, LLC, 18-cv-00525 (W.D. Wash.).
  • Nelson v. Apple Inc., 21-cv-00553 (N.D. Cal. Jan 22, 2021)
  • McCormick v. Adtalem Glob. Educ., Inc., 2018-CH-04872 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty., Ill):
  • Sha-Poppin Gourmet Popcorn LLC v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A, 20-cv-02523 (N.D. Ill.)
  • 1050 W. Columbia Condo. Ass’n v. CSC ServiceWorks, Inc., No. 2019-CH-07319 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty., Ill):
  • Dinerstein v. Google, LLC, 19-cv-04311 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Edelson PC v. Girardi, 20-cv-07115 (N.D. Ill.)
  • In re Facebook Biometric Privacy Litig.,15-cv-03747 (N.D. Cal.):
  • Robins v. Spokeo, Inc.136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016).
  • Birchmeier v. Caribbean Cruise Line Inc., 12-cv-4069 (N.D. Ill.).
  • Risher v. Adecco Inc., 19-cv-05602 (N.D. Cal.)
  • In re: Marriott International, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2879 (D. Maryland).
  • People of the State of Illinois, ex rel. Kimberly M. Foxx, State’s Attorney of Cook County, Ill. v. Facebook, Inc. and Cambridge Analytica, 18-cv-02667 (N.D. Ill.).
  • Dickey v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., 15-cv-4922 (N.D. Cal.).



  • Guest Lecturer at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, Complex Litigation (2011-2015).
  • Guest Lecturer at the University of Minnesota Law School (Spring 2016).



  • Chris has been asked to appear on television, radio, and in national publications to discuss consumer protection and privacy issues, as well as asked to lecture at his alma mater on the class action practice.
  • TV and radio appearances include interviews on CNBC’s Power Lunch, NPR, NBC News, among other national and regional programs. Chris has appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Fortune, Law360, Bloomberg, and the National Law Journal, among others.


Public Speaking:

  • Panelist, IAPP’s Privacy Bar Forum, Privacy Litigation (Washington, D.C.).
  • Panelist, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference (Cleveland).
  • Panelist, King & Spalding Cybersecurity & Privacy Summit (Atlanta).
  • Panelist, American Bar Association’s National Institute on Cybersecurity (New York).
  • Panelist, American Conference Institute’s Cyber Security and Data Privacy & Protection(Washington, D.C.).
  • Dialogue Leader and Panelist, Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, Annual Meeting (Scottsdale).
  • Panelist, NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum(Philadelphia).
  • Dialogue Leader and Panelist, Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, Mid-Year Meeting (Miami).
  • Panelist, Georgetown Law Cybersecurity Law Institute (Washington, D.C.).
  • Panelist, Cybersecurity Summit (Atlanta).
  • Panelist, South Florida Privacy and Data Security Law Summit (Miami).
  • Panelist, HarrisMartin’s Data Breach Litigation Conference(San Diego).



  • Contributing Drafter, Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, Data Security Compendium (2015).
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