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Christopher A. Tinari

Christopher A. Tinari

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Libel & Slander, Insurance

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About Me

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 Rising Star" 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 is a certified  arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.



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

  • Employment and Labor Law

    Areas of Concentration

    • Business and Shareholder Services

    • Employment and Labor Law

    • General Liability

    • Municipal Liability

    • Professional Liability




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    Practice Areas

    Licensed since 1995

    1. Employment & Labor: 75%
    2. Libel & Slander: 20%
    3. Insurance: 5%

    Attorney Endorsements

    2 total

    • John A. Gallagher

      I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a superb lawyer, prepared and tenacious. He knows the law very well, does not make frivolous arguments and is always well-prepared.


      John Gallagher Employment & Labor Attorney
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

    • Michael Alan Siddons

      I endorse this lawyer's work.


      Michael Siddons Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

    Contact Info

    Margolis Edelstein

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



    Professional Misconduct

    We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
    Avvo Contributions
    Legal Answers
    Award NameGrantorDate Granted
    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
    Defense Research Institute Employment Law CommitteeMember2005 - Present
    Harmonie GroupMember2005 - Present
    Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
    American Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
    Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
    Federalist SocietyMember1992 - Present
    Pennsylvania Defense Institute Employment Law CommitteeMemberN/A
    Philadelphia Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
    American Conference InstituteMemberN/A

    Publication NameTitleDate
    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
    PLUS Legal SymposiumTrends in Wage and Hour Litigation2009
    New Orleans Employment ConferenceLegal Guidelines on Hiring Employees2009
    American Contractors Insurance Group Legal ConferenceLegality of Severance Agreements / E-Verify Compliance2009
    Lorman Employment ConferenceEmployee Discharge and Documentation2008
    Lorman Employment ConferenceEmployee Discharge and Documentation2007
    Lorman Employment ConferenceThink Like an Employment Lawyer2006