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Christopher Jon Gawley

Employment and labor Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   13 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 16 years
    New York - NY 21 years
    Connecticut - CT 15 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2007
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2003
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2008
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Contracts and agreements
    Negotiated a variety of agreements, including distribution agreements, settlement agreements, vendor agreements, Software as a Service (SaaS) agreements and severance agreements. Well versed in salient aspects of contract law.

    23 years, 100 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    Experienced in employee--related disputes and claims. Represented employers in a variety of employment claims, severance agreements, human resource policies, best practices and employee manuals. Have conducted a variety of sensitive internal investigations and inquiries into violations of firm policy. Represented numerous registered representatives in expungement proceedings and regulatory investigations in securities context.

    21 years, 150 cases

  3. Arbitration
    Experienced in all aspects of FINRA arbitration and securities related dispute resolution. Represented top tier broker-dealer in numerous arbitration matters.

    21 years, 65 cases

  4. Lawsuits and disputes
    Experienced litigation attorney and former federal trial court law clerk.

    23 years, 200 cases

  5. Mediation
    Have successfully mediated many litigation and arbitration matters as an advocate. Skilled as an evaluative mediator in securities and employment matters.

    23 years, 35 cases

  6. Securities and investment fraud
    Experienced in all variety of securities and investment disputes. Previously represented top tier financial institution in numerous matters pertaining to investment complaints and arbitration matters.

    20 years, 500 cases

Christopher J. Gawley is a talented and seasoned lawyer with over 15 years of experience representing a variety of financial institutions and industry professionals.  He brings a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in areas such as employment, securities, broker-dealer, compliance, risk management, regulatory relations, contract negotiation, arbitration and litigation.  


Bank Leumi USA
350 Madison Avenue
New York, NY
Christopher Jon Gawley
79 W Wooster St
Danbury, CT, 06810-7610
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Posted by Christopher | May 31, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Managing Director - Head of Trading
I had the pleasure of working with Chris Gawley for approximately 10 years as head of a securities trading group at a major financial services firm. During this period he served as in-house counsel for the Capital Markets business. Chris had both a broad and deep grasp of the challenges and complexities of running such a business in today's regulatory environment. I was continually impressed with his demonstrably strong understanding of the nuances of the Capital Markets business that influence day-to-day decisions. He was one of the few attorneys that could successfully balance both the regulatory aspect and the commercial needs of the business. Furthermore, his calm and rational demeanor was greatly appreciated under the stressful conditions found within a securities trading business. On many occasions, I had the need for a legal opinion while conducting business, or making broader strategic decisions with regard to how to grow the franchise. I quickly grew to appreciate the quick response and thorough counsel Chris consistently provided. He posed well thought-out and intelligent questions which challenged me to ensure we arrived at the "right" answer -- not necessarily always the answer I may have initially desired from a business perspective. In short, Chris became a trusted partner in the decision-making process with regard to managing the business. In conclusion, when I have the need for an intelligent, legally sound opinion upon which to base my future business decisions, I will be calling upon Chris' services without hesitation.
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Posted by Rosario | May 12, 2016
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Carefully considers....
I've had the pleasure of working with Chris on several regulatory related projects. He has a great attention for detail and carefully considers the business objectives before recommending next steps. Chris's pleasant demeanor allows folks to respond to him in a very positive way. I hope we get to work together again in the future.
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Posted by Rashid Afzal | May 2, 2016
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Knowledgable and Astute Lawyer
I highly recommend Chris Gawley for any legal assistance with financial regulatory matters, arbitrations or legal assistance with securities cases. I had the pleasure of working with Chris for a few years and found him to be an analytical, responsive and practical lawyer with a keen eye towards details. Being in the financial services industry, there were many instances where I consulted Chris on legal matters relating to securities arbitrations, regulatory inquiries and securities regulations and received excellent legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
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Excellent attorney
I worked with Chris at Morgan Stanley and found his advice, legal assessments and recommendations to be extremely helpful to me as a Risk Manager. He was always responsive , pleasant and professional.
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Incisive, practical, and to the point
I've served on a non-profit board with Chris for several years. He is consistently the most reliable voice to think through a problem and cut to the chase in record time--and if necessary, take on the bad guys fearlessly and with grace. Just having him in our corner gives me confidence. We're asked below to choose whether the attorney is "Consulted" or "Hired," but in this case, it's both. When you bring a lawyer onto a board, you see him working and drafting, non merely giving his opinion.
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Posted by Maggie | February 29, 2016
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An outstanding individual
Christopher is methodical & accurate. He has broad depth of knowledge and is quite easy to work with. He operates with the utmost inegrity and is considerate of the client's time. I highly recommend Christopher Gawley.
Posted by Doug Dameron | February 25, 2016
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Outstanding Advisor
Chris is an outstanding attorney, his advice and guidance was spot on and saved my firm at the time much time, money, and effort. Highly recommend Chris.
Posted by Bryan | February 24, 2016
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Outstanding with Integrity
I had the good fortune to work with Christopher Gawley during my time as an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley. Chris provided sage counsel and worked hard to be more than just an advocate for a particular position. The integrity of his work distinguished Chris, in my experience, from many others. His advice was not based upon a preconceived outcome, but, rather from the circumstances at hand. He was pragmatic, honest and provided great value in his role.
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Posted by Don | February 23, 2016
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Securities Arbitration and Expungement
Christopher represented me in an arbitration. This arbitration was without merit. We settled for nuisance value. Then we had an expungement hearing. His presentation was excellent. He was very prepared with exhibits and documentation. The case won in our favor. I felt very comfortable having his representation.
Posted by Anna | February 23, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent counsel
Chris Gawley is an excellent lawyer. He brings a carefully analytic and detail oriented perspective to legal questions, coupled with a quick and penetrating understanding of the legal question at issue. His presence invariably sharpens the question and leads to stronger statements and outcomes.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2016
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Christopher Jon Gawley is an excellent Attorney
I would highly recommend Chris as an attorney. His calm demeanor and confidence puts his clients at ease right away. His understanding and application of the law has consistently demonstrated a keen intellect, sound reasoning, and objectivity along with an acute sense of fairness and equity.
Posted by Andrew | February 22, 2016
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Helped in Complex / Sensitive Financial Matters
Christopher was instrumental in helping to navigate several potential litigious situations in the financial sector with highly sophisticated clients during times of great market stress. He helped us to successfully solve these issues without litigation, and the clients remained with the firm.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Christopher provided solid advice and counsel with excellent follow up. Our working relationship covered many complex issues and Christopher was professional and efficient
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  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • John Hart v. UBS Financial Services Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc.
  • Expungement Obtained
  • Schaefer v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Obtained Expungement
  • Charles A. Costanzo v. Ronald G. Harris, Christopher M. Albright and Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc.
  • Claimant's claims denied in their entirety following hearing.
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Financial markets and services Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is a talented, thoughtful, intelligent lawyer. He possesses strong analytical skills as well as a great intellectual capacity to understand very complicated regulatory regimes. Chris is also a great person and a pleasure to work with!"
Banking Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I first had the opportunity to meet Chris in the context of a securities litigation where we each represented one of the co-defendants and needed to work together to develop a joint-defense strategy, ultimately resolving the matter on grounds favorable to both of our clients. I have since had the opportunity to work alongside Chris on a number of contested banking matters, and he has continued to impress me with his understanding of the substantive law and his acumen for strategy."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked closely with Chris in connection with a complex, distressed secured lending arrangement. He brought a calm demeanor, sound judgment and effective solutions to a difficult workout. It is evident that his business-side colleagues regard him as a trusted advisor."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"We served as outside counsel for Chris in a complex, cross-border litigation against several investors. Throughout the litigation, Chris was very responsive and provided insightful comments on all of our draft motion papers and letters to opposing counsel and the court. Most importantly, Chris set clear goals for his outside counsel and suggested various strategic alternatives for reaching them, all of which led to a successful resolution of the lawsuit. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Chris. I highly endorse him."
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New York Employment and labor Lawyer Christopher Jon Gawley
Christopher Jon Gawley
Employment and labor Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 21 years