Christina Manfredi McKinley

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th, 7th, and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., summa cum laude, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • B.A., History, summa cum laude, Duquesne University

Christina counsels and represents clients in a wide variety of complex commercial matters. Christina’s caseload regularly includes high-stakes matters often comprising complicated questions of commercial contracts, federal jurisdiction, corporate governance, and intellectual property.

She routinely serves as a general advisor to clients, counseling them on day-to-day legal and business matters on any number of issues. Christina’s business-focused, proactive approach to problem-solving allows her to provide solutions to clients in a variety of industries.

Her trial litigation practice encompasses all phases of litigation, from early alternative dispute resolution through appeal. She has concentrated experience in complex commercial contracts, commercial torts (e.g., Lanham Act, unfair competition, tortious interference), technology (e.g., software services and license agreements), restrictive covenants, and director and officer defense.

An experienced appellate litigator, Christina has practiced before the United States Supreme Court at every stage of the process, including the briefing and preparation of two merits cases that were argued before the Court. She also has briefed and prepared cases for argument before the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth, and D.C. Circuits. Her appellate practice spans a range of substantive fields, including intellectual property, immigration, tax, bankruptcy, and criminal law.

Christina is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New York.

Representative Matters

  • In multi-million dollar Lanham Act unfair competition suit against competitor, secured summary judgment and Daubert victories and created new case law in the Fifth Circuit that presumptions may be used to satisfy Lanham Act’s causation requirement (Robroy Industries-Texas, LLC and Robroy Industries, Inc. v. Thomas & Betts Corporation, No. 2:15-512, 2017 WL 1370545 (E.D. Tex. Apr. 10, 2017))
  • Represented manufacturing company against software company regarding licensing and support agreements
  • Represented international chemical and consumer goods company in indemnification dispute regarding breach of representations and warranties in purchase agreement

Past Experience

Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Christina was a senior associate in the Government and Regulatory Litigation, Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation groups at WilmerHale in Washington D.C., where she also served on the steering committee of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Before entering private practice, Christina served as a law clerk to the Honorable Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before that, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Business Litigation – 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Moderator, “GROW” (Growth and Retention of Women) Panel Discussion, September 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Avoiding Ethical Potholes Facing In-house Counsel,” Cohen & Grigsby CLE Day, April 2018
  • Panelist, “Judicial Clerkships: Panel Discussion on Their Importance and How to Get Them,” Duquesne University School of Law, September 2016, 2017

Since beginning private practice, Christina has maintained a robust pro bono practice in which she has devoted more than 500 hours to indigent defendants.

She also has worked to improve the legal profession and her community through her advocacy for civil rights in such areas as voting, marriage equality, education, immigration, prisoner litigation, and veterans’ benefits.

Christina serves on the Firm’s Talent Management Team. Previously, she served on the Firm’s Hiring Committee. She is also a member of the Firm’s Young Professionals Network. Christina is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and its Women in the Law and Young Lawyers divisions.

Christina is an active member of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America and frequently has volunteered her time at the organization’s annual event at Kennywood amusement park, where it hosts intellectually and physically challenged young adults.

  • J.D., summa cum laude, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    • Production Editor, The Catholic University Law Review
    • Staff Member, The Catholic University Law Review
    • Team Member, Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Hong Kong (team placed 10th out of 64 teams internationally)
  • B.A., History, summa cum laude, Duquesne University
    • Joseph R. Morice Award for Excellence in History
    • Assistant Coach, Serra Catholic High School, PIAA Class A State Champions, Girls’ Basketball
    • Gamma Phi Beta sorority Philanthropy Chairwoman