Employment Litigation

Practice Summary

Chris has more than 20 years of successful experience vigorously defending employers and individuals in litigation and other adversarial proceedings. He has represented private, public, and non-profit employers of all sizes:

  • Against public entities and private businesses, as well as individual employees and classes of employees
  • In hearings, trials and appeals in state and federal courts
  • In investigations and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and other agencies
  • In a variety of industries, from health care; to software, telecommunications and other technologies; to manufacturing; to construction
  • In mediations and arbitrations

He has defended employers regarding state and federal claims against them for:

  • Wrongful discharge
  • Sexual, racial, age, national origin, disability, and handicap discrimination, harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 , the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and state law
  • Violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
  • Unfair labor practices under the National Labor Relations Act
  • First Amendment retaliation and Fifth Amendment Due Process violations under 42 U.S.C. § 1983
  • Violations of whistleblower protections
  • Violation of state and federal wage and hour laws
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Assault and battery
  • Breaches of employment contracts

Representative Cases that Chris has handled include:

  • Christie v. Loomis Armored US, Inc. (D. Colo. 2013)
    Granting summary judgment to client/employer on claims of sex, age, and disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge.
  • Arakawa v. Carestream Health, Inc. (D. Colo. 2012)
    Granting summary judgment to client against current employee for alleged national origin, race and age discrimination.
  • Murphy v. TXI, Inc., 2006 WL 827308 (D. Colo. 2005)
    Granting summary judgment for employer regarding claims under 42 U.S.C. S. 1981, race discrimination, and outrageous conduct; EEOC dismissed its companion case.
  • Selenke v. Medical Imaging of Colorado, 248 F.3d 1249 (10th Cir. 2001)
    Upholding summary judgment for employer/client regarding claims for disability discrimination and failure to accommodate, retaliation,and wrongful discharge.
  • Robbins v. Jefferson County School Dist. R-1 et al., 186 F.3d 1253 (10th Cir. 1999)
    Upholding summary judgment for employer in retaliation claim upholding order of attorney’s fees against plaintiff and her counsel.
  • Lewis v. Dept. of Health and Hospitals, 1999 WL 448814 (10th Cir. 1999)
    Upholding summary judgment for employer in claim for constitutional due process violation.
  • Palochko v. Manville Corp., 21 F.3d 981 (10th Cir. 1994)
    Upholding summary judgment for employer in ADEA reduction-in-force case.
  • Wolenski v. Manville Corp., 19 F.3d 34, 1994 WL 89797 (10th Cir. 1994)
    Upholding summary judgment for employer in ADEA reduction-in-force case.

In addition, he has handled hundreds of disputes that he has helped resolve favorably for his clients, whether before or during litigation.