Christopher J. Armstrong

Christopher J. Armstrong

Attorney, Boston

Email chris.armstrong@​

Phone +1 617 371 1209

Fax +1 617 371 1037

Practice groupLitigation

In more than 30 years of public service on the bench, The Honorable Christopher J. Armstrong experienced issues arising out of every possible sector of commerce and industry, hearing thousands of cases and writing more than 1,600 opinions for the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Today, Christopher draws on that experience in his work on appellate advocacy. He provides special counsel regarding trial strategy and the framing and preservation of objections, issues, and rights that are predicates to successful appeal.

Christopher is the former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. He was appointed to the Appeals Court in 1972 by Gov. Francis W. Sargent and elevated to Chief Justice in 2000 by Gov. A. Paul Cellucci. He had previously served the Commonwealth as Under-Secretary of Administration (1971-72), Chief Counsel to Gov. Francis W. Sargent (1969-1971), Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Elliot Richardson (1967-1969), Assistant Legal Counsel to Gov. John A. Volpe (1965-1967), and Executive Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Superior Court (1964-1965).

Awards and recognitions


Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award
Massachusetts Bar Association


Citation of Judicial Excellence
Boston Bar Association

Education and admissions


J.D., Yale Law School, 1961

B.A., Yale University, cum laude, 1958


Boston Bar Association, Administration of Justice Steering Committee

Massachusetts Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

Representative experience

Represented psychiatrist to block subpoena of files, establishing before SJC in a case of first impression, that work was covered by psychotherapist-patient privilege.*

Amicus brief advocacy on behalf of Mass. Academy of Trial Attorneys, abolishing "accumulation of snow" rule in favor of negligence standard.*

In Mass. Appeals Court, won case establishing first amendment protection covers synagogue's decisions in hiring and firing teachers.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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