William D. Christ

Buffalo; New York City
(716) 847-8332
(212) 759-4888 ext. 8332
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Mr. Christ is an experienced litigator and serves as Phillips Lytle’s Litigation Practice Group Leader. He has significant experience in the defense of personal injury, products liability, workplace accident, wrongful death and construction claims, as well as insurance coverage and commercial litigation, including contract disputes and business torts.

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Honors and Awards

  • The Daily Record, Power 20 Personal Injury List, 2021
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Named the Best Lawyers® Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo, 2022
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2009-2021
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, Special Service Award for Pro Bono Service, September 2000
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2011, 2013
  • March of Dimes Leo Jaffe Distinguished Volunteer Service Award


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Boston College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1986

Judicial Clerkships

  • Hon. David G. Larimer; U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1990-1992

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Negligence and Appellate Practice Committees
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Leadership Buffalo
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
    • Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section

Present Activities

  • Phillips Lytle LLP Governing Committee, Member, 2011-2016, 2019-Present
  • Suneel’s Light Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Advisory Council
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
    • Bishop’s Council of the Laity, Member

Past Activities

  • Niagara USA Chamber, Board Member, 2004-2018
    • Chairman, 2015-2016
  • St. Gregory the Great Parish,Trustee
    • Finance Council, Chair, 2003-2004; Vice Chair, 2002-2003
    • Catholic Charities Drive, Co-Chair, 2000-2003; Chair, 2004
  • March of Dimes, New York State
    • Chair, New York State Chapter, 2011-2013
    • Vice-Chair, 2006-2010
    • Board Member, 2002-2010
    • Chair, Upstate Chapter, 2005-2006
    • Chair, Western New York Division, 2003-2005
  • Canisius High School, Gambit Co-Chair, 2013
  • Leadership Buffalo, Member, Class of 2004
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, 1979