Christopher M. Santomassimo
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Chris is a senior business-oriented General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, who assists companies with a wide range of legal and business issues to manage the risk of their operations.  His Outside General Counsel™ practice covers a broad spectrum of concerns facing business clients on a daily basis, such as employment counseling and defending companies against employment claims; ethics and compliance counseling; corporate investigations; advising company executives on business and legal issues; and all types of corporate transactions, to name a few.  Chris’ focus is delivering strategic and cost-effective counseling to business clients, including several U.S. subsidiaries of global companies headquartered outside the United States. 

In his spare time, Chris likes to play golf, and route for the New York Yankees and the Syracuse Orange basketball team along with his wife, son and daughter. 


Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Boston University, Questrom School of Business

    Classes/Seminars

    • “SIGNIFICANT LEGAL, REGULATORY & EMPLOYMENT RISKS FACING CFOS AND THEIR COMPANIES” CFO Studio, CFO Innovation Conference, October 2019.
    • “STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU COPE,” NJMEP’s Manufacturing Day, October 2019.
    • “THE LATEST CORPORATE GOVERNANCE TOOLS” NJ State Bar Association, 2017 Corporate Counsel Institute (Speaker/Panelist; February, 2017)
    • “IS YOUR COMPLIANCE PROGRAM ON TRACK?” SCCE Regional Compliance & Ethics Conference (Speaker/Present; October, 2016)
    • “WORKING WITH THE SALES OPERATION,” Compliance Week, 2015 Conference (Speaker; May 2015).
    • “CRIME DOESN’T PAY! FINANCE EXECUTIVES AS CORPORATE FRAUD GATEKEEPERS AND INVESTIGATORS,” CFO Innovation Conference & Awards, (Speaker; May 2015).
    • “MANAGING LEGAL, REGULATORY, AND BUSINESS RISK: A CREATIVE DIALOGUE BETWEEN CFOs AND GENERAL COUNSELS,” CFO Innovation Conference & Awards, (Moderator/Speaker; May 2015).
    • “IS YOUR ORGANIZATION “COMPLIANCE FIT?,” New Jersey Corporate Compliance Roundtable (Speaker/Moderator; April 2015).
    • “THE TRANSPORT OF RECENTLY PURCHASED AUTOMOBILES OVERSEAS: THE STATE OF LAW, CURRENT ISSUES AND TRENDS,” National Association of Dealer Counsel, 2014 Fall Conference (Speaker; October 2014).
    • “DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE TO SELECT YOUR JURY TO THINK ABOUT JURY CONSULTING,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (Speaker/ Moderator; September 2014).
    • “MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF TODAY’S NEW ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE SOURCES: SOCIAL MEDIA AND MOBILE DEVICE DATA IN COMPLEX AND NON-COMPLEX LITIGATION MATTERS,” New Jersey Corporate Compliance Roundtable (Moderator; May 2014).
    • “HEAR IT FROM THE FBI: COMPLIANCE PRIORITIES FOR 2014,” New Jersey Corporate Compliance Roundtable (Speaker/Moderator; March 2014).
    • “HARMONIZING CORPORATE MANAGERS’ AND ATTORNEYS’ APPROACHES TO ETHICAL DILEMMAS,” Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers University Law School and New Jersey Corporate Compliance Roundtable (Speaker/Presenter; December 2013).
    • “COMPLIANCE RISK ASSESSMENTS: BEST PRACTICES FOR IN-HOUSE COUNSEL,” New Jersey Corporate Compliance Roundtable (Speaker/Moderator; April 2013).
    • “DEFENSIBLY DOWNSIZING YOUR DATA: WHERE TO START WITH RECORDS RETENTION AND DEFENSIBLE DELETION,” New Jersey Corporate Compliance Roundtable (Speaker/ Moderator; February 2013).
    • “COMPLIANCE PRIORITIES FOR 2013 AND BEST PRACTICES,” New Jersey Corporate Compliance Roundtable (Speaker/ Moderator; February 2013).
    • “ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING CHALLENGES FOR PRIVATE EQUITY AND HEDGE FUNDS,” Foundation for Accounting Education, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (Speaker/Presenter; October 2012).
    • “RECORDS MANAGEMENT ROADMAP: THE CONNECTION TO CORPORATE COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS,” New Jersey Corporate Compliance Roundtable (Speaker/ Moderator; March 2012).
    • “NIPPING THE HAND THAT FEEDS: COMPLIANCE INVESTIGATIONS OF SENIOR EXECUTIVES,” Association of Corporate Counsel (Speaker/Presenter; Annual Meeting, October 2011).
    • “INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS: BEST PRACTICES FOR IN-HOUSE COUNSEL,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (Speaker/ Moderator; September 2011).
    • “WHY YOUR COMPANY NEEDS A COMPLIANCE PROGRAM,” presented to the International Executive Resource Group, New York Chapter (Speaker/ Moderator; September 2010).
    • “THE VALUE PROPOSITION FOR COMPLIANCE, AND CONDUCTING RISK ASSESSMENTS,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (Speaker/ Moderator; October 2010).
    • “YOUR STAY-OUT-OF-JAIL CARD: WHY YOUR COMPANY NEEDS A COMPLIANCE-AND-ETHICS PROGRAM,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (Speaker/ Moderator; September 2009).
    • “HOT TOPICS IN ETHICS AND COMPLIANCE,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (Speaker/ Moderator; 2008).
    • C.M. Santomassimo, et al., “MANAGING IN THE WAKE OF INCREASING CORPORATE PRIVILEGE THREATS,” ACC Docket (monthly publication of Association of Corporate Counsel) (2007).
    • “MASS TORTS: DEFENDING THE COMPANY IN THE FIRST 90 DAYS,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (Speaker/Presenter; 2007).
    • “UPGRADING YOUR GOVERNANCE STANDARDS TO MINIMIZE RISK OF EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT.” As part of “Conducting and Responding to Investigations,” American Conference Institute (Speaker/Presenter; 2007).
    • “ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY: THE NEW FEDERAL E-DISCOVERY RULES, MODERN RECORDS MANAGEMENT AND YOU: PERFECT TOGETHER,” Moderator and Organizer, for New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (2007).

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Partner, Nicoll Davis & Spinella (March 2009 to present)
    • General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Agfa Corporation (Ridgefield Park, NJ) (2007 to present).
    • New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association/Association of Corporate Counsel: Director (2007-2009); Founding Chairman of the Ethics, Compliance & Corporate Governance Committee (2007-2009), Chairman of Sponsorships Subcommittee of Finance Committee (2006-2007), and Editor of ACC Docket magazine (2008-2009).
    • Bergen County (NJ) Bar Association, Corporate Law Committee.
    • New Jersey State Bar Association: Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section, Director and Secretary (1996-1999).
    • New Jersey Defense Association: Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, Seminars Subcommittee (2000- 2001).
    • Montclair State University: Adjunct Professor, Department of Legal Studies (1997).
    • Director (Volunteer), Board of Directors, Susan G. Komen Foundation, North Jersey Affiliate (April 2014 to present)
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