Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Demetra Arapakis Christos

Partner - Chicago / Detroit


Bar Admissions: Illinois; Michigan; New York; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; The Federal Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Practice Groups: Professional Liability Defense; Employment Law & Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Mediation & Arbitration; Toxic Tort / Mass Tort

Education: University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, 2001, JD; Wayne State University, 1997, BA

Memberships: Chicago Bar Association; The Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM); Defense Research Institute (DRI); Hellenic Bar Association of Detroit; Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois; Illinois State Bar Association; Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)


Demetra Arapakis Christos, a partner in Foley & Mansfield's Chicago and Detroit offices, is an experienced commercial and civil litigator with more than a decade of successfully defending businesses and select individuals. Her areas of focus include E&O and D&O liability, employment disputes, complex coverage matters, construction defects, and toxic tort litigation. Demetra is also a trained mediator.

In employment matters, Demetra represents clients in disputes involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, compensation, and other employment related claims. In related professional liability matters, she defends professionals and companies against D&O and E&O claims ranging from simple negligence to complex malpractice.

Her vast and diverse litigation and trial experience includes assisting in numerous asbestos trials, serving as both local counsel and National Coordinating Counsel for product manufacturers and premise owners, and successfully defending contractors, product manufacturers, suppliers and premise owners in product liability cases. She has also co-chaired a first degree murder case and handled select family law cases involving divorce and custody issues.

Demetra devotes many hours performing pro bono work in various areas of the law. In 2010, she successfully argued a bond motion in a first degree murder case that had previously been denied five times. Her pro bono experience includes family law, criminal law, contract law, and collections.

Demetra is active in the Chicago Bar Association, and serves as an Investigator for the Bar’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. She also volunteers her time as a Judge for the Annual Moot Court Competition.

Additionally, Demetra serves on the Board of Directors of her Homeowners' Association in Glenview, Illinois.


May 5, 2016
Law360 Ranks Foley & Mansfield Among Top Firms for Female Attorneys

The national defense firm of Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce it has been ranked 15th on Law360’s 2016 list of the 100 best U.S. law firms for women.


January 4, 2016
Foley & Mansfield Names New Equity Partners, Additions to Partnership

The national law firm of Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce the election of six partners to the Firm’s Equity Partnership, and the addition of five attorneys to its Partnership.


September 11, 2015
Detroit Office Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Centennial of Historic, Renovated Building

The Detroit Legal News covers our Detroit office's celebration of 20 years serving the greater Detroit area, and the centennial of its historic, renovated building.



CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Practice


  • Alternative Jurisdictions and Choice of Law Motions, DRI Asbestos Medicine Conference - November, 2016. 
  • Negotiate Your Way to Success: Best Practices for Women Rainmakers, ABA Women Rainmakers - May, 2014


Demetra regularly handles pro bono cases as part of her commitment to the community. 


  • Litigator Relishes the Challenge of Helping Those Wronged, Detroit Legal News - June 2015. Read this Publication.