Christopher A. Taravella was a judge advocate (JAG) in the United States Air Force for twenty-one years. While on active duty he was an Air Force prosecutor, having more than one hundred trials. He was designated a Special Assistant United States Attorney for civil litigation as the Chief of the Constitutional Torts Branch of The Judge Advocate General’s Office in Washington, D.C. In the Air Force Reserves he was the Staff Judge Advocate of an airlift and refueling wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan. His tours of duty include Special Operations at Hurlburt Field, Florida, a tactical fighter training wing in Zaragoza, Spain, and the Pentagon in Virginia.
Chris left active duty with the Air Force to join Chrysler Corporation in 1985, where he was the Litigation Department head under Lee Iacocca. He has extensive experience with commercial and employment litigation, including class actions. He was Chrysler’s Chief Patent Counsel for seven years and was responsible for all intellectual property transactional and litigation matters, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets. As such, he was responsible for the defense of the intermittent windshield wiper patent infringement litigation filed by Robert Kearns against the auto industry and the bar code/synthetic voice/machine vision patent infringement litigation filed by Jerome Lemelson against the auto and other industries. He was also responsible for all of Chrysler’s commercial contracts.
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