- The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2015
- The Ohio State Law Journal, managing editor, 2014-2015
- Gonzaga University, B.A., 2012, magna cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Chris is an associate in the litigation group in the Columbus office. His practice focuses on complex business, commercial, class action, and contract litigation. He has significant experience in counseling large commercial clients related to potential litigation, including breach of contract, statutory and regulatory compliance, and general best business practices. Chris also maintains a significant privacy and data security practice, advising some of the largest companies in the country on privacy compliance and technology. His work in the privacy and data security space includes drafting and negotiating hundreds of commercial agreements across a wide range of industries, the wholesale designing, documentation, and scaling of global data privacy and security compliance programs, and providing counsel on countless cutting-edge data privacy, digital advertising, and data security issues.
Chris received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was the managing editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and a co-founder of The Ohio State Energy Law Society. He received a dual Bachelor's degree in finance and political science, magna cum laude from Gonzaga University.
Professional and Community Activities
- Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped, volunteer
- St. Aloysius Youth Athletic program, golf, basketball and baseball coach
- International Thespian Society, member and former chapter president
Honors & Awards
- Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Litigation, 2022
- 1/4/2022Vorys is pleased to announce that 42 attorneys from the firm have been named either 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.
- 10/30/2015Vorys is pleased to welcome seven new first-year associates to the firm. Christopher LaRocco joined the Columbus office; Lauren Brown, Timothy Dougherty and Laura Erdman joined the Cincinnati office; Natalia Cabrera joined the Cleveland office; and Andrew Gordon-Seifert and Brian Simmons joined the Akron office.
- 2/19/2020Vorys Attorneys Daren Garcia, Blake Finney and Chris LaRocco spoke at an eCommerce Consortia meeting on February 19, 2020.
- 11/14/2018Vorys hosted a webinar series highlighting important topics in the consumer finance industry on November 14, 2018.
- 10/23/2018Vorys hosted a webinar series highlighting important topics in the consumer finance industry on October 23, 2018.
- 5/8/2018Vorys is proud to have host a webinar series highlighting important topics in the consumer finance industry. Webinar dates included March 15, April 10 and May 8, 2018.
- 9/21/2017Chris Ingram and Chris LaRocco spoke at the 2017 Cybersecurity Days at The Ohio State University on September 21, 2017. They discussed the legal and regulatory requirements of cybersecurity.
- 6/10/2022Last week, the U.S. House and Senate released a discussion draft of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA). This is the first bipartisan data privacy bill released at the federal level. The introduction of the ADPPA comes in the wake of a profusion of comprehensive state data privacy laws passed and considered over the last few months. To date, five states have passed comprehensive privacy laws, including Connecticut just last month. If passed, the ADPPA would largely preempt state privacy laws, with some narrow exceptions.
- 5/25/2022On May 10, 2022, Connecticut became the fifth state to pass a comprehensive privacy law.
- 2/21/2022On January 28, 2022, California Attorney General Rob Bonta sent notices to several businesses offering loyalty programs to California consumers, alleging noncompliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) for failure to provide adequate notice of their financial incentive programs.
- 2/3/2022It is expected to be another big year for privacy laws as many states will look to join California, Virginia, and Colorado in passing comprehensive privacy laws.
- 6/9/2021This week, the Colorado House of Representatives passed a new state privacy bill by a vote of 57-7.
- 5/28/2021If your agricultural business operates a retail or wholesale website, you could be susceptible to the recent wave of “website accessibility” class action lawsuits being brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- 5/14/2021Farmers are rapidly adopting precision farming techniques because they generate a treasure trove of valuable data to help guide farmers on how to optimize their farming.
- 5/5/2021Florida lawmakers failed to pass an expansive privacy law before the legislative session adjourned last Friday.
- 4/26/2021Last week, the Florida House of Representatives passed a new privacy bill, House Bill 969, by a vote of 118-1.
- 3/3/2021Yesterday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) into law.
- 2/22/2021Last week, Virginia’s Senate and House of Delegates sent identical versions of a new privacy bill to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s desk.
- 1/20/2021After failing to pass in 2019 and 2020, the Washington state legislature has introduced a comprehensive consumer privacy law for a third year in a row.
- 1/8/2021On January 6, New York legislators introduced Assembly Bill 27, the Biometric Privacy Act (BPA).
- 12/14/2020On December 10, 2020, the California Attorney General proposed modifications to its recent California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations.
- 11/4/2020California voters are set to approve the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA).
- 9/29/2020Governor Gavin Newson signed a bill on Friday, September 25 to amend the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to exempt certain health information from the CCPA, among other things.
- 9/28/2020Client Alert: Indiana Attorney General to Create Safe Harbor for Businesses that Implement Reasonable Cybersecurity PlansOn September 23, at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced his intention to establish a rule to give businesses an incentive to implement cybersecurity plans to protect Indiana consumers’ information from cyberattacks.
- 9/2/2020Client Alert: California Legislature Extends CCPA’s Employee and Business-to-Business Exemptions Until 2022On Sunday, August 30th, the California Legislature passed AB 1281, a bill extending the business-to-business and employee carve-outs to California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) compliance until January 1, 2022.
- 6/26/2020On June 24, the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) became eligible for the November 2020 general election ballot in California. The CPRA would expand and amend the recently-operable California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
- 6/5/2020On June 1, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra submitted the final proposed regulations to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL).
- 5/7/2020U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, John Thune, Jerry Moran, and Marsha Blackburn recently announced their plan to introduce the COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act, seeking to provide Americans more transparency and control over the collection and use of “covered data” during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- 4/14/2020Although the draft regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) have not been finalized, businesses are already encountering a wave of CCPA class action lawsuits.
- 3/12/2020Yesterday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a third set of draft regulations (the New Modifications) implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
- Winter 2020Businesses Now Being Sued in Latest Class Action Wave for ADA Claimed Violations for Gift Card and Expanded Web/App AccessibilityBeginning in October 2019, more than a dozen individuals through at least four law firms have filed hundreds of new lawsuits against businesses alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990’s Title III (starting at 42 USC §12101), as well as local New York state (N.Y. Exec. Law Article 15) and New York City Human Rights Laws (starting at N.Y.C. Admin. Code §8-101).
- Winter 2020By 6-1 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that under Ohio criminal law, a bank that cashes a forged check and then recredits a depositor’s account is a “victim” such that the person who forged the check may be required to pay restitution to the bank.
- 2/10/2020On February 7, 2020, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released proposed modifications (the Modifications) to the previously-released draft regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
- 10/16/2019Last Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed several last-minute amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
- 7/30/2019On July 9, 2019, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) amendment picture got a little clearer as the California Senate Judiciary Committee advanced several amendments while also eroding and eliminating others.
- 5/28/2019Client Alert: In Line with Recent Trends, New Jersey Amends its Data Breach Notification Law to Expand the Definition of “Personal Information”Earlier this month, New Jersey joined a growing list of states which require companies to provide notification under their respective data breach laws where non-traditional personal informational is compromised.
- Winter 2019Financial Service Representatives Added to the List of Mandatory Reporters under Ohio’s Elder Abuse LawDoctors, nurses, social workers, and first responders are the types of professionals thought of when it comes to reporting elder abuse.
- 10/31/2018Canada’s new mandatory breach-notification requirements in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) take effect on November 1, 2018.
- 1/4/2018Financial Services Alert: Key Updates: Financial Institutions, Websites and the Application of the Americans with Disabilities ActOver the past year, various plaintiff-side law firms sent aggressive demand letters on behalf of activist organizations and individuals to financial institutions – typically community banks – asserting that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites.
- 8/25/2017Client Alert: NIST Guidelines Expanded to Include ‘Internet of Things’ Devices and Systems in the Private SectorThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released an updated draft of its Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations that sets forth cybersecurity guidance for securing devices and software commonly referred to as the “internet of things.” The draft represents NIST’s latest attempt to produce a unified information security framework for the federal government that is now also bleeding into the private sector.
- 6/15/2017Client Alert: Historic Win for Plaintiff in First Ever ADA Public Accommodations Website Accessibility TrialThis week a federal judge in Florida passed down one of the most historic ADA website accessibility decisions to date, finding that Winn-Dixie was liable under Title III of the ADA because its website was inaccessible.