Cornwall, Christopher A.


University of Michigan

B.A., 1985

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

J.D., 1989
  • Best Advocate Award (1989)

Bar Admission



Christopher A. Cornwall


Prominent Assignments

  • Defended a major educational institution against a $19 million construction claim in arbitration, resulting in an award of no liability.
  • Represented a major insurance company in a $100 million coverage dispute under a fidelity/employee dishonesty policy.
  • Successfully represented an automotive manufacturer in defense of a multi-million dollar “cumulative impact” claim asserted by a general contractor for renovation of a facility.
  • Successfully prosecuted a million dollar construction delay claim against MDOT involving bridge work over the I-96 expressway.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar award in behalf of an earthwork contractor on changed conditions delay and cumulative impact claims.
  • Represented owners and developers in drafting and negotiating construction contracts, real estate purchases, Brownfield issues and defending complex construction claims.
  • Successfully represented a national design-builder against claims of negligent design and defective construction.
  • Obtained summary judgment as lead counsel for a national sales company defending against claims of copyright infringement and Lanham Act violations and successfully defended all appeals up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Represented several large real estate companies, brokers and agents in complex real estate matters, including claims of fraud, misrepresentation and mortgage fraud.
  • Represented business and private owners in real estate matters, including adverse possession, zoning issues, restrictive covenants, variances, boundary disputes, title issues and nuisance claims.
  • Represented national and local construction companies in construction disputes, including lien and bond claims, delays, scheduling, cost escalation, differing site conditions, defective design, cardinal change, extras, and cumulative impact claims.
  • Represented corporations in business disputes, including breach of contract, tortuous interference, fraud, non-compete provisions, shareholder claims and buy-sell agreements.
  • Represented construction companies in claims involving Departments of Transportation throughout the country.
  • Represented a national credit card issuer against claims of violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Truth in Lending Act and Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law Act.

Representative Clients

  • City of Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Hospital Building & Equipment, Inc.
  • Osirius Global Services
  • Turner Construction Company
  • Walter Toebe Construction Company
  • Zurich Insurance Company
  • The University of Michigan

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association 

Community Involvement

  • Grosse Pointe Farms - City Little League Board of Directors
  • Toys for Tots Sponsoring Member - Grosse Pointe


  • Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z, National Business Institute (April 2013)
  • Introducing Evidence at Trial (ICLE) 2007; contributing author
  • A Practitioner's Guide to Construction Law (John G. Cameron, Jr. 2008); Chapter author (Analysis of AIA A201 - 2007)
  • Construction Law Forum (October 2008) - moderator
  • The Wonderful World of Construction Law (November 2010); Ali-Aba webcast panelist