University of Pittsburgh

Christopher S. Channel

Adjunct Professor of Law

Chris Channel joined Babst Calland in 2004 and is a shareholder practicing in the Litigation Services Group. Mr. Channel is a trial lawyer who has defended industrial manufacturers and business owners in claims involving allegations of toxic substances, defective products, premises liability and negligence. He also represents members of the natural resources industries in matters impacting their business. Additionally, Mr. Channel represents parties in protecting their intellectual property through trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and covenants not-to-compete. He works diligently to understand the client’s business goals and works in close communication with his clients to develop the most effective litigation strategy. When appropriate Mr. Channel has engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude from West Virginia Wesleyan College (1999)
  • J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary (2002)
  • Selected Publications

    • Channel, Christopher S.  “The Employment Relationship:  Fertile Ground for IP Disputes,” Allegheny County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Spring CLE Smorgasbord, April 2011.
    • Channel, Christopher S.  “IP Issue Spotting for the Non-IP Lawyer,” Allegheny Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Spring CLE Smorgasbord, April 2010.
    • Channel, Christopher S., guest lecturer. “Copyright and Technology: Fair Use and the P2P Revolution,” Carnegie Mellon University, Current Issues in Cyberlaw course, April 2004.
    • Channel, Christopher S.,  “The Twisted Path of the Music File-Sharing Litigation:  The Cases That Have Shaped the Litigation and the RIAA’s Litigation Strategy,”  Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal, Vol. 16, Number 10, October 2004.

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    Selected Professional Activities

    Mr. Channel is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the United States District Court s for both the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia. He is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations and the West Virginia Bar.  Mr. Channel has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s up-and-coming lawyers since 2005, according to an annual survey published in Philadelphia magazine. He was selected from among the active civil litigation attorneys in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to serve on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Council, which represents a cross-section of attorneys and judges involved with civil litigation in the county. Mr. Channel was elected Treasurer of that organization and serves on the executive committee. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he teaches pre-trial techniques.

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