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
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Rated Lawyer||ALM||2015|
|Top Rated Labor & Employment Lawyer||ALM||2015|
|Pennsylvania Super Lawyer||Philadelphia Magazine||2015|
|Pennsylvania Super Lawyer||Philadelphia Magazine Law & Politics||2014|
|Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star||Philadelphia Magazine Law and Politics||2007|
|Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star||Philadelphia Magazine Law and Politics||2006|
|Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star||Philadelphia Magazine Law and Politics||2005|
|Partner||Margolis Edelstein||1995 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Professional Liability Underwriting Society||Member||2008 - Present|
|Harmonie Group||Member||2005 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute Employment Law Committee||Member||2005 - Present|
|Philadelphia Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Federalist Society||Member||1992 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Defense Institute Employment Law Committee||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel||Member||N/A|
|American Conference Institute||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Paradoa v. Philadelphia Housing Authority||Dismissal|
|SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania v. Care Pavilion of Walnut Park (in re grievance of Michele Wright )||Dismissal|
|Michelle Andrews v. Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center||Dismissal|
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|Website||How to Investigate and Defend Sexual Misconduct Complaints", (Panel Counsel Seminar), Las Vegas, NV||2014|
|Website||The 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||2013|
|Website||Trends in Wage and Hour Litigation||2009|
|Website||Waivers of Discrimination Claims in Employee Severance Agreements||2009|
|Lorman Education Services publication||Legal Guidelines on Hiring Employees||2008|
|Lorman Education Services publication||The Do's and Don't's of Employment Interviewing||2008|
|Lorman Education Services publication||Employer Documentation||2008|
|Lorman Education Services publication||Termination of Employment-Practical Considerations||2008|
|Website||Practice Under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act||N/A|
|Website||Hiring an Ex-Con: Background Checks and Other Pre-Screening Techniques||N/A|
|Website||Cyber-Sleuth: Monitoring Employee E-Mail||N/A|
|Website||The Temporary Worker Conundrum||N/A|
|Villanova University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Boston University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|ACOP||Defending Complex Class Action Matters", (ACOP Annual Conference), Ft. Lauderdale, FL||2015|
|Panel Counsel||How to Investigate and Defend Sexual Misconduct Complaints", (Panel Counsel Seminar), Las Vegas, NV||2014|
|American Conference Institute||The 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, NY||2013|
|Temple University School of Law||The Art of Mediation Advocacy," Temple University School of Law - L.L.M. Program in Trial Advocacy, Philadelphia, PA||2010|
|PLUS Legal Symposium||Trends in Wage and Hour Litigation||2009|
|New Orleans Employment Conference||Legal Guidelines on Hiring Employees||2009|
|Center City Proprietors Association||How to Draft an Employment Handbook", Center City Proprietors Association, Philadelphia, PA||2009|
|American Contractors Insurance Group Legal Conference||Legality of Severance Agreements / E-Verify Compliance||2009|
|Mutual Marine Insurance||Practice Before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission", Mutual Marine Insurance Company, New York, NY||2008|
|Lorman Employment Conference||Employee Discharge and Documentation||2008|
|Lorman Employment Conference||Employee Discharge and Documentation||2007|
|Lorman Employment Conference||Think Like an Employment Lawyer||2006|