Christopher G. Caldwell - Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC

Christopher G. Caldwell

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2015

As one of the founders of Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, Chris Caldwell has built an extensive practice encompassing all aspects of criminal and civil litigation. Splitting his time between serving as a plaintiff’s lawyer and a defense lawyer, Mr. Caldwell spends the majority of his time handling cases involving the entertainment industry, intellectual property, securities, employment, professional liability, and white collar crimes.

Described in Chambers & Partners as “exceptional strategically and as a negotiator,” Mr. Caldwell is known for his ability to obtain pre-trial rulings dismissing claims brought against his clients, and has also accumulated an extraordinary record of victories in both trials and arbitral proceedings. He repeatedly has been hired as trial counsel shortly before the trials began, and has shown his ability to quickly master the facts and achieve favorable results. In a recent trial for a major media company, opposing counsel referred in closing to Mr. Caldwell’s “battering cross-examination” of the oppositions star witness.

Mr. Caldwell works closely with major media companies, movie studios, and the Motion Picture Association of America. He also has been chosen repeatedly by senior executives at America’s largest companies to represent them in high stakes securities class actions, SEC enforcement proceedings, criminal investigations and personal disputes with their employers. As a “lawyer’s lawyer,” he also is regularly retained by national law firms for representation in malpractice cases.


University of KansasBA 1979Harvard University Law SchoolJ.D. 1982
United States District Court for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California and the Western District of TexasUnited States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh CircuitsUnited States Supreme CourtDavid Bohnett FoundationWhittier CollegeAll Saints Church, PasadenaFamily Equality Council

Office Location

725 South Figueroa Street, 31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017-5524
United States

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: White-Collar