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Christopher A. Powers


Christopher joined Mackenzie Hughes in 2017 in the firm’s litigation department. He has since been admitted to the New York State bar.  Prior to joining Mackenzie Hughes, Chris spent three years as public relations account manager at a local advertising and marketing agency and seven years as a writer and editor for a publisher of trade association publications. A native of Northeast Ohio, Chris enjoys traveling, cheering for Cleveland-based sports teams, and spending time with his wife, Emily; daughter, Violet; and son, Archer.

  • Summer Law Clerk for the honorable Therese Wiley Dancks, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York
  • 2015 – 2016 Academic-Year Extern for the Honorable David E. Peebles, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York
  • Summer Associate at Mackenzie Hughes LLP


  • Syracuse Sunrise Rotary Club Participant
  • Class Secretary, College of Wooster Class of 2001
  • Syracuse Parks Conservancy Board Member



  • Syracuse Sunrise Rotary Club
    • President 2016-17
    • Board Member 2013-18
    • Youth Exchange Officer 2013-16
  • Juris Doctor, Syracuse University College of Law, Cum Laude
  • M.S., Media Management, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, College of Wooster
  • New York State Bar
  • Northern District of New York


Fifth Judicial District To Expand Virtual Court Proceedings, but Still Limited

The COVID-19 pandemic has put much of daily life on hold, but there are positive signs that a return to normalcy, or at least the new normalcy, may not be far off. Since approximately March 30, 2020, Central New York’s Fifth Judicial District (encompassing Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego Counties) has been operating…

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Christopher Powers Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP Litigation and Business Departments

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Christopher Powers has joined the litigation and business departments of Mackenzie Hughes LLP and will concentrate his legal practice in health care litigation, real and intellectual property, and commercial litigation. Powers spent 11 years working in the communications industry prior to earning his juris doctor in 2017. He currently sits on the…

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Civil Jury Trials to Re-Commence on September 8th as Part of Phase IV.I Court Reopening Plan

On August 10, 2020, New York’s Fifth Judicial District, which includes Onondaga, Oneida, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis and Herkimer Counties, entered Phase IV.I of its reopening following the emergency closure caused in March 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of Phase IV.I, civil jury trials are scheduled to restart on a limited basis beginning September…

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I’ve Been Summoned for Jury Duty. Now What?

What do you think of when you hear the words “jury duty”? To many people, the term “jury duty” brings to mind a civic obligation; a 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center Survey found that roughly two-thirds of American adults believe that serving on a jury “is part of what it means to be…

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