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  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. history (2008) with honors
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D. (2012)


  • California

Chris Cadena

 Associate Los AngelesSan Francisco
Phone: +1 213.310.7956
515 South Flower St., 40th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2201
3 Embarcadero Center, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Chris Cadena is an associate in the Litigation Group at Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. Chris focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, with particular interest in the higher education and technology industries. He has robust experience in all phases of litigation, from electronic discovery and depositions to merits briefing and trial practice. Chris has represented clients in a variety of commercial contexts, including contract disputes, employment liabilities, and cybersecurity issues.

Chris also maintains a robust pro bono practice focused on the representation of unaccompanied minors in probate and immigration proceedings. In 2016, Chris was the recipient of the “Legal Impact Award” from Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach for his work with unaccompanied minors.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris earned his J.D. in 2012 from the UCLA School of Law, where he was the chief managing editor of the Chicano–Latino Law Review and a writing advisor for the school's Lawyering Skills course. While attending law school, Chris was an extern for the California Department of Justice, Attorney General's Office in Oakland. Chris graduated with honors from UC Berkeley, earning his B.A. in history.


  • Represented university system in dispute with a pharmaceutical company regarding whether profit sharing payments are sub-licensing income that the university system is entitled to 10 percent of. Obtained favorable settlement during trial.
  • Represented co-inventor of cancer treatment in three-week jury trial in which plaintiff pharmaceutical company asserted fraud and breach of contract claims, seeking damages exceeding $200 million. Obtained verdict in favor of client on fraud claims and limited breach of contract verdict to $400,000.
  • Represented university system in a one-week bench trial regarding potential sublicensing income from a technology license. Obtained judgment in favor of client resulting in it receiving rights to up to an additional $32 million in license income.


Admitted to practice: California

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "California's Complex Court Program - What Every In-House Counsel Should Know," ACC Litigation Committee Meeting, Palo Alto & San Francisco, CA (January 30-31, 2018). Presenters: Gregory D. Call, Nathaniel P. Bualat, Chris Cadena.


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Dec.16.2016 Litigation Note: Supreme Court of California Denies Appeal in Medivation, Inc. v. Aragon Pharmaceuticals