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Christian J. Soller

Albany & Saratoga Springs Offices Managing Partner; Product Liability & Complex Tort Practice Co-Leader
  • New York
  • Vermont
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Binghamton University, B.A.

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.

Christian is primarily a problem-solver, with an unyielding dedication to creatively and cost-effectively furthering his clients’ long-term business interests by guiding them in a manner that avoids risk and exposure.  Those clients range from Fortune 500 and 1000 companies to small businesses and individuals, who serve a wide range of industries, including:

  • manufacturing
  • distribution and supply
  • engineering
  • property and equipment leasing
  • property development and management
  • food service
  • marketing and advertising
  • insurance
  • construction
  • pharmaceutical

Christian counsels his clients on a broad spectrum of employer issues such as executive and equity compensation, employment agreements, partnership agreements, OSHA and Department of Labor issues, the enforceability of post-employment covenants, discrimination, harassment, salary disputes, and crisis management.

When necessary, Christian is an accomplished litigator and trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience successfully representing his clients across the country.  He has successfully tried numerous jury trials to verdict and in that context has earned a reputation for winning seemingly unwinnable cases. Christian concentrates his practice on a mix of business, employment and personal injury litigation, involving business tort, breach of contract and fraud allegations, securities litigation, coronavirus-related litigation (e.g., defending colleges, universities and other institutions against tuition, lodging and/or meal reimbursement claims, public nuisance claims, distance learning differential claims, etc.), construction litigation, professional malpractice, trade secret actions, wrongful death, high-exposure toxic tort litigation, products liability, construction and labor law litigation.  These matters often involve “bet-the-company” stakes, death or catastrophic injuries.

Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Christian was associated with O’Connor Redd Orlando LLP where he tried multiple civil cases to verdict.  Before that, he tried criminal cases as an Assistant District Attorney in Orange County.


  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2019 - 2023
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, (Personal Injury General: Defense) 2014 - 2016, 2019 - 2020
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013


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Professional Associations

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2019-2023
  • Treasurer, The Foundation for Ellis Medicine, 2023
  • Chair, Finance Committee: The Foundation for Ellis Medicine, 2023
  • Chair, Executive Committee: New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Northern District of New York
  • Albany County Bar Association

Community & Pro Bono

  • The Foundation for Ellis Medicine Board of Trustees
  • Member, Commercial Services Advisory Board: Center for Disability Services
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York