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Christopher A. Tinari is a partner in the Employment and Labor Law Group at Margolis Edelstein where he represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law.


Mr. Tinari has represented employers in a variety of litigation matters, including sexual harassment, race, national origin, disability and age discrimination cases, wrongful discharge, defamation, slander, and other state law and constitutional claims. His practice also includes counseling employers on issues including compliance with the American With Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, sexual harassment investigations, reductions-in-force, discipline and terminations. Mr. Tinari often provides training to employers on recognizing and preventing sexual harassment and other forms of employment discrimination.

Mr. Tinari also provides training and counseling to employees throughout the country on a variety of subjects including monitoring employee attendance, FMLA compliance, medical and religious accommodations, leaves of absence policies, harassment and discrimination claims, business diversity, termination of employees, hiring practices, performance appraisals and performance management.


Mr. Tinari drafts and provides advice on employment contracts, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, non compete and confidentiality agreements and the implementation of employment manuals, policies and procedures.

Mr. Tinari counsels and defends employers, institutions of higher education, religious institutions and professionals accused of sexual misconduct and abuse.  His practice also includes regularly counseling and defending employers in claims involving workplace torts including defamation, fraud, invasion of privacy, tortious interference, and negligent hiring and retention.


Mr. Tinari has been recognized as a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and the Institute of Law & Politics.  Mr. Tinari has achieved an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell representing the highest professional and ethical standards awarded by his peers.  Mr. Tinari has also achieved a 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo.  Mr. Tinari is a certified  arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.



Boston University, B.A. in Political Science with Distinction, 1990
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1994


Professional Memberships and Activities:

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, Defense Research Institute, Defense Research Employment Law Committee, Pennsylvania Defense Institute Employment Law Committee, American Conference Institute, Council for Litigation Management, Harmonie Group, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.

Past officer of the Alumni Society of the Episcopal Academy and Boston University. 


Speaking Engagements and Presentations:

"Guidelines on Hiring and Terminating Employees", Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (PAMIC), Penn State University, State College, PA, March 2010

"Trends in Wage & Hour Litigation", Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), Philadelphia, PA, December 2009

"The Legality of Severance Agreements", American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG), Dallas, TX, November 2009

"E-Verify Compliance", American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG), Dallas, TX, November 2009

"Employee Hiring & Terminations", Lorman Education Services,
Cherry Hill, NJ, December 2008

"Employee Discharge and Documentation", Lorman Education Services, Mount Laurel, NJ, December 2007

"Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims", Defense Research Institute Panel Counsel, Scottsdale, AZ, March 2007  

"Think Like an Employment Lawyer": An Interactive Discussion of Real Life Workplace Scenarios, Lorman Education Services, Mt. Laurel, NJ, July 2006

Practice Areas


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 75%
  2. Civil Rights: 15%
  3. Intellectual Property: 10%

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  • Deniz S. Uzel

    Chris has a vast yet specialized knowledge in the area of Labor and Employment law. He is our firm's go-to individual for such matters. It is a privilege to have a mentor like Chris.


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    I endorse Chris Tinari as a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney in his practice of labor and employment law. It is a privilege to work with such a highly respected attorney.


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Contact info

Margolis Edelstein

Curtis Center-Fourth Floor
Independence Square West
Philadelphia, PA, 19106


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Rated LawyerALM2015
Top Rated Labor & Employment LawyerALM2015
Pennsylvania Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2015
Pennsylvania Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine Law & Politics2014
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising StarPhiladelphia Magazine Law and Politics2007
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising StarPhiladelphia Magazine Law and Politics2006
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising StarPhiladelphia Magazine Law and Politics2005
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMargolis Edelstein1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Professional Liability Underwriting SocietyMember2008 - Present
Harmonie GroupMember2005 - Present
Defense Research Institute Employment Law CommitteeMember2005 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Federalist SocietyMember1992 - Present
Pennsylvania Defense Institute Employment Law CommitteeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Philadelphia Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
American Conference InstituteMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Paradoa v. Philadelphia Housing AuthorityDismissal
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania v. Care Pavilion of Walnut Park (in re grievance of Michele Wright )Dismissal
Michelle Andrews v. Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterDismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
WebsiteHow to Investigate and Defend Sexual Misconduct Complaints", (Panel Counsel Seminar), Las Vegas, NV2014
WebsiteThe Aftermath of the ADA Amendment Act: Minimizing Exposure to Disability Claims and Effectively Assessing Claims If A Suit Is Filed" for the 18th EPLI Annual Conference for the American Conference Institute2013
WebsiteTrends in Wage and Hour Litigation2009
WebsiteE-Verify Compliance2009
WebsiteWaivers of Discrimination Claims in Employee Severance Agreements2009
Lorman Education Services publicationLegal Guidelines on Hiring Employees2008
Lorman Education Services publicationThe Do's and Don't's of Employment Interviewing2008
Lorman Education Services publicationEmployer Documentation2008
Lorman Education Services publicationTermination of Employment-Practical Considerations2008
WebsitePractice Under the Pennsylvania Human Relations ActN/A
WebsiteHiring an Ex-Con: Background Checks and Other Pre-Screening TechniquesN/A
WebsiteCyber-Sleuth: Monitoring Employee E-MailN/A
WebsiteThe Temporary Worker ConundrumN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Boston UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ACOPDefending Complex Class Action Matters", (ACOP Annual Conference), Ft. Lauderdale, FL2015
Panel CounselHow to Investigate and Defend Sexual Misconduct Complaints", (Panel Counsel Seminar), Las Vegas, NV2014
American Conference InstituteThe Aftermath of the ADA Amendment Act: Minimizing Exposure to Disability Claims and Effectively Assessing Claims If A Suit Is Filed" for the 18th EPLI Annual Conference for the American Conference Institute - New York, NY2013
Temple University School of LawThe Art of Mediation Advocacy," Temple University School of Law - L.L.M. Program in Trial Advocacy, Philadelphia, PA2010
PLUS Legal SymposiumTrends in Wage and Hour Litigation2009
New Orleans Employment ConferenceLegal Guidelines on Hiring Employees2009
Center City Proprietors AssociationHow to Draft an Employment Handbook", Center City Proprietors Association, Philadelphia, PA2009
American Contractors Insurance Group Legal ConferenceLegality of Severance Agreements / E-Verify Compliance2009
Mutual Marine InsurancePractice Before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission", Mutual Marine Insurance Company, New York, NY2008
Lorman Employment ConferenceEmployee Discharge and Documentation2008
Lorman Employment ConferenceEmployee Discharge and Documentation2007
Lorman Employment ConferenceThink Like an Employment Lawyer2006