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.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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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.
Jason Vogt-Lowell Employment & Labor Attorney
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2007||01/11/2016|
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|Rising Star in Employment Litigation: Defense||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Attorney||Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC||2009 - Present|
|Attorney||Morgan Lewis||2007 - 2009|
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|Boston Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Bennefield v. Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.||Defendant won a motion to dismiss and the case was dismissed with prejudice.|
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|Cumulative Supplement to the ABA/BNA Treatise||The Fair Labor Standards Act (Associate Chapter Editor for Chapter 10, Determining Overtime Compensation, and Chapter 15, Retaliation)||2013|
|Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP Wage and Hour Report||Massachusetts High Court Provides Helpful Guidance to Employers Regarding Damages and Releases Under Wage Act||2012|
|St. Thomas Law Review||The Florida Minimum Wage Act: Thoughts on the Impending Notice Debate||2010|
|Journal of Business and Securities Law||The Cost of Doing Business: Mitigating Increasing Recession Wage and Hour Risks While Promoting Economic Recovery||2009|
|St. Thomas University School of Law||N/A||J.D.||2007|
|St. Thomas University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Hot Issues in Labor, Employment & Immigration Law||Privacy & Social Media in the Workplace||2013|
|Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce – Human Resources Council||Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Law||2012|