Christopher M. Lapinig

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Chris Lapinig is a litigation associate at Larson O'Brien LLP.  His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes and white-collar criminal defense. 

Before joining Larson O'Brien, Mr. Lapinig was awarded a Skadden Fellowship and served as a Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, in Los Angeles.  His efforts at Asian Americans Advancing Justice included spearheading the enforcement of a $15 million judgment against human traffickers, litigating to achieve language access reform in voting rights laws, and litigating class actions on behalf of immigrants who were subject to detention and removal.  Mr. Lapinig also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Lorna G. Schofield of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  

Mr. Lapinig received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was the Diversity Editor of the Yale Law Journal.  While in law school, Mr. Lapinig was an intern at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the ACLU's LGBT Rights Project, and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic.  He also served as a summer associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.  Mr. Lapinig received his undergraduate degree from Yale College, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  After graduating Yale College, Mr. Lapinig received a Fulbright Scholarship to research sexuality and gender in Philippine call centers and to teach english to call center agents in Manila.  

Mr. Lapinig is a passionate community advocate and volunteer.  He is a Founding Advocate of the organization Justice for Filipino Americans.  In this capacity he has lead efforts to lobby congress to enact a law remedying the Philipplines' exclusion from the Amerasian laws passed in the 1980s.  He also authored a New York Times opinion piece that called for legislative action to allow children of U.S. servicemen to migrate from the Philippines to the United States.  Mr. Lapinig's essays have been published by the New York Times, the Atlantic, and other prominent publications.  

Skadden Fellow (2015-2019)

Fulbright Scholar (2009-2010)

NAPABA Law Foundation Presidential Scholarship

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship

Asian American Cultural Center Dean's Prize


    Yale Law School; Yale Law Journal, Diversity Editor

    Yale College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


    Honorable Denny Chin
    United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

    Honorable Lorna G. Schofield
    United States District Court, Southern District of New York


    New York