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Chris focuses his practice on the defense of complex employment cases in federal and state courts, arbitration, and before administrative agencies.


He has represented a broad range of clients in employment, contractual, and traditional labor matters, specializing in the defense of class and collective actions; complex wage and hour issues; matters involving race, sex, age, disability, and pregnancy discrimination; wrongful termination; trade secrets and noncompetition agreements; ERISA; RICO; and various state law claims, including wage and discrimination claims under the Massachusetts General Laws. Chris also assists employers in responding to administrative complaints and investigations before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and various other state agencies, and defends employers in such actions.


Prior to joining Constangy, Chris served in the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination's enforcement/investigations division, was a labor and employment litigator at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and worked as a judicial intern for Judge Angel A. Cortiñas of the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida.  He was also a certified legal intern for the Office of the Public Defender for Miami-Dade County, where he defended indigent clients in felony criminal cases.


Chris graduated valedictorian from St. Thomas University School of Law and cum laude from Boston College, also working as a congressional aide to Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Employment: 50%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Nicole E. Forbes

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    Nicole Forbes Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Jason Adam Vogt-Lowell

    Chris is one of the most thorough, detail-oriented attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with, and his friendly personality is the perfect complement to his professional approach to assisting his clients. Whether a Fortune 500 company or a local start-up, Chris provides the same level of excellent service to each and every one of his clients. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone seeking advice on a labor or employment law issue.

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    Jason Vogt-Lowell Employment & Labor Attorney
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Contact info

535 Boylston St Ste 902
Boston, MA, 02116-3776

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive200901/24/2016
FLMember in Good Standing200701/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star in Employment Litigation: DefenseSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyConstangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC2009 - Present
AttorneyMorgan Lewis2007 - 2009
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Boston Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bennefield v. Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.Defendant won a motion to dismiss and the case was dismissed with prejudice.
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawN/AJ.D.2007
Boston CollegeN/AB.A.2004
St. Thomas University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hot Issues in Labor, Employment & Immigration LawPrivacy & Social Media in the Workplace2013
Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce – Human Resources CouncilHot Topics in Wage and Hour Law2012