Chris van de kieft
Chris is an attorney with broad experience in civil litigation. After eight years of service in the United States Army, and a stint as the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, he began his legal career. At GHV, Chris handles Americans with Disabilities Act, personal injury, and commercial matters.
He comes to GHV after ten years with leading plaintiffs’ firm Seeger Weiss LLP, where he worked on a wide array of cases, most notably pharmaceutical products liability cases – in both state and federal court – where he gained significant deposition, discovery, motion practice, and trial preparation experience.
He has also represented clients in various personal injury, toxic exposure, asbestos, and premises liability cases, including preparation of multiple summary judgment oppositions, as well as appeals. He is experienced in class action litigation as well, including the NFL Concussion Injury Litigation, and the Mazzei v. Money Store case, one of the relatively few class action cases tried to verdict in federal court.
He began his career in 2002, with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP. At Fried Frank, Chris represented clients in securities, civil RICO, general commercial litigation matters, and multiple pro bono cases.
Chris is a 1990 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in Writing Seminars. He was a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps in college, and a four- year varsity soccer team member.
After graduation from college, he was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer in the United States Army, and entered active duty in October 1990. He served over eight years in the Army, mostly in airborne units at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is Airborne and Ranger qualified.
He is a 2002 cum laude graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At Cardozo, he was a two-year member of the Cardozo Law Review, and served as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief for Volume 23.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys running, reading, and coaching his son’s soccer team. He is the parent coordinator of his son’s school chess team at PS/MS 282 in Brooklyn.