Christopher M. Von Maack

Christopher M. Von Maack

Salt Lake City, Utah

Christopher M. Von Maack is a trial lawyer focusing on disputes in the areas of contract, intellectual property (e.g., copyright, trademark, and trade secret), partnership, real property, and unfair competition. He is licensed to practice law in Utah and California and is a partner at Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood.

Mr. Von Maack is ranked in Chambers USA and maintains an AV Preeminent peer-review rating and a Preeminent client-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (TM). He has consistently been included on the list of Super Lawyers (TM). He has also been voted by his peers as one of Utah's Legal Elite, as published in Utah Business Magazine.

His representative clients include publicly-traded, mid-sized, and startup companies facing ‘bet-the-company' disputes. Notable results include the following:

  • Obtained a $4.7 million jury verdict in a partnership dispute involving a Utah restaurant and vineyard.
  • Obtained the largest malicious prosecution jury verdict in Utah history.
  • Successfully defended a Direct Selling Association ("DSA") company against a $27 million claim in a New York arbitration proceeding.
  • Favorably resolved dispute amongst feuding law enforcement unions in Utah.
  • Obtained multiple temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, partial summary judgment rulings, and civil contempt citations in a trademark and copyright case in federal court in Utah.
  • Obtained a rare bad-faith dismissal of an adversary's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in Delaware.

Mr. Von Maack graduated from UCLA with a degree in English and a specialization in Business Administration. He obtained his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif (top 10%) and was a writer and editor for the McGeorge Law Review. Mr. Von Maack earned Witkin Awards for the top grades in legal writing and international water law. He also served as teaching assistant to Professor Gregory C. Pingree in the subjects of torts and professional responsibility.

Before joining Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood, Mr. Von Maack served as a law clerk for the Honorable Pamela T. Greenwood of the Utah Court of Appeals.

He is a member of the Committee on the Model Utah Jury Instructions ("MUJI"), Utah Supreme Court Professionalism Counseling Board, and David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inns of Court. He was previously a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism, co-chair of the Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division Committee on Professionalism and the Practice of Law, and member of the Utah State Bar's Governmental Relations Committee.

Mr. Von Maack serves on the boards of trustees for Rowland Hall St. Mark's School, Preservation Utah, and the Salt Lake Honorary Colonels. He served on the Huntsman 2012 and McCain 2008 Utah Finance Committees.

Areas of Practice

  • Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright
  • Partnerships
  • Real Property
  • Unfair Competition
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2004
  • Utah, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Utah, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2009
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2014


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 2004
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: Teaching assistant to Professor Gregory C. Pingree
    • Honors: Witkin Awards, Top Grade in Legal Writing and International Water Law
    • Law Review: McGeorge Law Review, Writer and Editor, 2002 - 2004
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • "A Relatively Simple Matter": Navigating The Utah Discovery Rule, 19 Utah Bar J. 4 (July/Aug. 2006).
  • Civility in the Practice of Law: A Young Lawyer's Perspective, 19 Utah Bar J. 7 (Nov./Dec. 2006).

Representative Clients

  • Crius Energy Trust
  • North American Potash Developments Inc.
  • PillPack Inc.
  • Positive Gaming AS
  • Transfac Capital, LLC
  • Viridian Energy, Inc.
  • Viridian Network, LLC


  • Utah Standards of Professionalism & Civility - Gaining Traction and Growing Teeth, Utah State Bar Paralegal Division Annual Seminar, 2007
  • The Professionalism Counseling Board: What It Is, How it Operates, and Why You Should Care, Utah State Bar CLE, 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers USA
  • AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell(TM)
  • Preeminent Client-Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (TM)
  • Super Lawyers (TM)
  • Super Lawyers (TM) - Rising Star
  • Utah Business Magazine's Legal Elite

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism, Member, 2006 - 2015
  • Utah State Bar Governmental Relations Committee, Member, 2008 - 2012
  • David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inn of Court, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Salt Lake City Honorary Colonels, Trustee, 2012 - 2017
  • McCain 2008 Utah Finance Committee, Member
  • Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division Committee on Professionalism, Co-Chair, Practice of Law Committee, 2005 - 2008
  • Preservation Utah, Trustee, 2010 - Present
  • Huntsman 2012 and McCain 2008 Utah Finance Committee, Member
  • American Cancer Society, Ambassador, 2010 - 2013
  • Rowland Hall St. Mark's School, Board of Trustees, 2014 - Present
  • Committee on the Model Utah Jury Instructions (MUJI), Member, 2015 - Present
  • Utah Supreme Court Professionalism Counseling Board, 2015 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Pamela T. Greenwood, Utah Court of Appeals, Law Clerk, 2004 - 2005


  • Sigma Chi