Chris grew up in Calhoun County, Alabama. After earning his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, he graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. Before entering private practice, Chris clerked for Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He then worked for a large Birmingham firm where he focused on complex and appellate litigation before joining Hare Wynn in early 2015.

Chris has litigated civil actions in thirteen states and represented both plaintiffs and defendants at the trial and appellate levels. He has briefed and argued multiple appeals in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and also regularly briefs key motions in trial courts around the country. While his practice focuses largely on class actions and mass tort actions, Chris has also worked on contract disputes, personal injury and wrongful death cases, commercial disputes, and a shareholder derivative suit.

Beginning in 2015, Chris worked with a team of lawyers from Hare Wynn and other firms in prosecuting claims on behalf of American corn farmers in the federal multi-district litigation proceeding In re Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation (MDL 2591). The team’s hard work paid off in June 2017 when, after a three-week trial, a Kansas jury awarded a $217.7 million verdict in favor of a class of over 7,000 Kansas corn farmers. This verdict was one of the ten largest jury verdicts in the United States in 2017. A few months later, in March 2018, a $1.51 billion global settlement benefiting American corn farmers was announced.

Chris has published articles in the Alabama Lawyer, Alabama Association for Justice Journal and Defense Counsel Journal dealing with issues that frequently arise in complex litigation and was a member of the Birmingham Bar Association’s 2016 Future Leaders Forum. He is also on the junior board of the Horizons School of Birmingham and has long been a strong supporter of the Alabama Future Farmers of America, having served as state FFA president and an alumni board member.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, attending college football games, visiting friends, kayaking, and hiking.


Chris graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University in 2007, where he received the Founder’s Medal for First Honors in the College of Arts and Science, the Alexander Heard Award for political science, and the Phi Beta Kappa Centennial Award.

Chris graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2010, where he was awarded the Joseph H. Beale Prize for Conflict of Laws. In law school, he was a Dean’s Scholar and submissions editor for the Harvard Journal on Legislation.

  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. summa cum laude 2007

  • Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude 2010

Practice Areas

Notable Work

Chris was part of the team of lawyers from Hare Wynn and other firms that represented corn farmers in litigation against Swiss agribusiness company Syngenta. In this multi-district litigation, Chris had the rare opportunity to serve on the trial team for a class action trial. After a three-week trial in 2017, a jury awarded $217.7 million to a class of over 7,000 Kansas corn farmers. In 2018 a $1.51 billion global settlement benefiting U.S. corn farmers was announced and submitted for court approval.

Chris helped litigate a shareholder derivative suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery that resulted in a $27 million settlement.

Chris litigated a multi-million dollar commercial dispute in related proceedings in Indiana and Tennessee, obtaining summary judgment in favor of his client.

Before he entered private practice, Chris clerked for Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.


  • Alabama, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama


People throughout Alabama know Chris Randolph as an attorney on-the-rise and one to watch. He has been working hard to make a name for himself as a trustworthy and effective class action attorney. Mid-South Super Lawyers® Rising Stars recognized his efforts by selecting him to its 2018 list.

Other titles and awards he has earned include:

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017, 2018)
  • B-Metro Top Lawyer (2017, 2018)
  • Birmingham Bar Association’s Future Leaders Forum (2016)
  • Birmingham Business Journal Rising Star (2018)


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Awards & Accolades

  • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25
  • ABA
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Preeminent
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers 2018
  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Advocates
  • American Judicature Society
  • US News Best Law Firms 2019
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Lawdragon 2017
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
  • SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
  • Top Ranked USA Chambers
  • Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award
  • National Featured Verdict
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019
  • Top Rated Lawyers

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  • $310,000,000 Corporate Fraud

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  • $218,000,000 Syngenta GMO Corn

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