Christopher R. Mellott

Mellot Christopher

Chris Mellott is a commercial litigation attorney who represents a diverse clientele in contract disputes, commercial transactions, defamation, utilities law, antitrust, consumer fraud, accounting, and banking litigation. Chris is past chair of Venable's Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Pro Bono Committee. 


Representative Matters

  • Overturned a $60 million judgment against a client on a state consumer fraud claim
  • Obtained enforcement of a contract arbitration provision through a Fourth Circuit appeal
  • Obtained enforcement of a multi-million-dollar commercial loan through summary judgment, without need of discovery
  • Won a reversal of an industry-wide regulation of electric utilities and affiliates, in an argument before the Maryland Court of Appeals 
  • In a challenge to an Internet subscription contract, he defended the terms of the online contract and achieved favorable results for the client
  • Represented a political blogger in defeating a defamation suit by an elected official
  • Represented a lender in defeating lender liability claims
  • Defeated an injunction claim by unsuccessful bidder in an online bid process




  • J.D. Order of the Coif College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law 1980
  • B.S.E. Duke University 1977
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Tau Beta Pi

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Past president, College of William & Mary Law School Alumni Board; past treasurer, Law School Board of Trustees
  • Guest lecturer for law school classes at the University of Maryland


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2015 – 2018, 2020 – 2022, 2024
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Maryland, 2013, 2020 – 2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated


Pro Bono

  • Regular counsel to nonprofit organization providing community, senior and homeless services and housing


  • Chair, Law Firm Liaison Counsel to Baltimore City Sitting Judges Committee

Personal Activities

  • Coach and past commissioner, Roland Park Baseball League
  • Member, church choir