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Chris serves as Partner-in-Charge of the Cleveland Office and is also the Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group.  He represents private and public clients in civil rights litigation in both federal and state courts, such as employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. In addition, Chris has substantial experience in restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation. Chris also advises firm clients on labor and employment compliance issues involving discrimination and harassment under federal and state law (Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)); personnel matters (drug testing, privacy, appropriate discipline and termination procedures); restrictive covenant and trade secret issues, wage and hour and family leave compliance; and safety and health compliance.  Chris is certified as a Labor & Employment Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association.

In addition to his experience in employment litigation, Chris has expanded his practice to include business and product liability defense litigation, including class action defense of product liability matters. In this regard, Chris represents a number of consumer product manufacturers in both state and federal court throughout the U.S.

Chris is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Biography

    Chris serves as Partner-in-Charge of the Cleveland Office and is also the Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group.  He represents private and public clients in civil rights litigation in both federal and state courts, such as employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. In addition, Chris has substantial experience in restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation. Chris also advises firm clients on labor and employment compliance issues involving discrimination and harassment under federal and state law (Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)); personnel matters (drug testing, privacy, appropriate discipline and termination procedures); restrictive covenant and trade secret issues, wage and hour and family leave compliance; and safety and health compliance.  Chris is certified as a Labor & Employment Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association.

    In addition to his experience in employment litigation, Chris has expanded his practice to include business and product liability defense litigation, including class action defense of product liability matters. In this regard, Chris represents a number of consumer product manufacturers in both state and federal court throughout the U.S.

    Chris is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Professional & Civic Activities
    • Chris is a member of the American, Ohio State, Federal and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations, including the litigation and labor & employment sections for each bar association. In addition, Chris was on the Board of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Ohio and was the editor of its quarterly newsletter, Inter Alia.
    • Chris is currently on the Board of Youth Challenge and was previously on YC's Executive Committee. Chris was also an alumni board member for Case Western University School of Law.
  • Articles & Presentations
    • "Overtime rules: What businesses should know about the federal wage and hour changes," Smart Business, Akron/Canton  (June 2019)
    • “Sixth Circuit Holds that Multiple Sexual Assaults Constitute a Single Occurrence,” Insurance Coverage Counselor, Brouse McDowell Blog (May 14, 2019)
    • "I Want to Save my FMLA for a Rainier Day," Co-Author Stephen P. Bond; Labor & Employment, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (March 18, 2019)
    • "The Department of Labor Sets the FLSA Exemption Threshold at $35,308," Co-Author Kerri L. Keller; Labor & Employment, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (March 15, 2019)
    • "Be Prepared for a New Version of Overtime Rules to be Announced this Spring," Co-Author Stephen P. Bond; Labor & Employment, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (February 21, 2019)
    • "Business Dispute Allegations do not Trigger EPL Coverage," Insurance Coverage Counselor, Brouse McDowell Blog  (June 7, 2018)
    • "Federal Labor Board Announces Important Legal Shift That Affects Virtually All Employers," Co-Author Stephen P. Bond, Labor & Employment, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (December 15, 2017)
    • "Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in the Workplace is Making the Headlines Everyday," Co-Authors R. Scot Harvey and Kerri L. Keller, Labor & Employment, Brouse McDowell Client Alert  (December 1, 2017)
    • "Sixth Circuit Holds that Number of ‘Occurrences’ is Based on Number of ‘Causes’," Insurance Coverage Counselor, Brouse McDowell Blog (October 17, 2017)
    • "Massachusetts High Court Hold No Coverage for Counterclaim," Insurance Coverage Counselor, Brouse McDowell Blog (July 26, 2017)
    • "Ohio Seventh District Orders Trial on Claim for Bad Faith Claims-Handling," Insurance Coverage Counselor, Brouse McDowell Blog (February, 2017)
    • "Republicans Roll Out the American Health Care Act – Employer Priorities," Co-Author Stephen P. Bond, Labor & Employment, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (March 8. 2017)
    • "DOL’s Overtime Rule Stopped in its Tracks," Labor & Employment, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (November 23, 2016)
    • "OSHA Announces New Rules to Increase its Penalties," Co-Author Stephen P. Bond, Labor & Employment, Brouse McDowell Client Alert  (July 6, 2016)
    • "A Glimmer of Good News for Uber: Coverage for Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims," Insurance Coverage Counselor, Brouse McDowell Blog  (March 1, 2016)
    • "The Importance of Timely Reporting Claims Under an Employment Practices Liability Policy," Insurance Coverage Counselor, Brouse McDowell Blog (October 14, 2015)
    • "Employment Practices Liability Insurance – Is it Right for Your Business?" Insurance Coverage Counselor, Brouse McDowell Blog (May 1, 2015)
    • "The Changing Landscape of Health Care Reform," Panel Presentation, Cleveland, Ohio  (September 8, 2014)
    • "The Affordable Care Act - Nuts and Bolts for 2014," Seminar Presentation, Akron, Ohio  (June 26, 2013)
    • "How the Legal Ramifications of the Affordable Care Act Play Out for Employers," Smart Business (August 2012)
    • "NLRB's Employer Posting Rule Upheld," co-author with Stephen Bond, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal ( May 2012)
    • "Social Media Missteps," Smart Business (January 2012)
    • "Spoliation of Evidence and New E-Discovery Rules, Inter Alia," co-author with Amanda Leffler (Spring 2007)
    • "OSHA and Wage & Hour issues - How Small Businesses Are Affected," General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section of the American Bar Association's quarterly publication, Vol. 17, No. 5. (July/August 2000)
  • Representative Engagements
    • Ongoing representation of private, independent school in all labor and employment matters
    • Ongoing representation of an international consumer product manufacturer in product liability litigation throughout the U.S
    • Ongoing representation of a larger consumer product manufacturer in product liability class action litigation in U.S. District Court
    • Successful representation in defending large frozen food manufacturer against allegations of race discrimination in Ohio state court
    • Successful representation in defending municipality against unfair labor practice charges before Ohio State Employment Relations Board
    • Successful representation in international wallcovering manufacturer and distributor in trade secret litigation in U.S. District Court
    • Successful representation in large privately held lumber company in non-compete and trade secret litigation in Ohio state court, including successful appeals
    • Successful representation in large physicians practice group in shareholder derivative action
  • Distinctions
    • The Best Lawyers in America© through a peer-review survey as listed in the Commercial Litigation section — 2013-2019
    • Ohio Super Lawyers® and Super Lawyer Corporate Counsel through a peer- and achievement-based review conducted by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters legal division — 2008-2019
    • Cleveland’s Legal Leaders™ – Top Rated Lawyer in Arbitration, General Practice, and Labor and Employment — 2013