Christopher L. Williams focuses his practice on complex employment litigation, including cases involving violations of wage-and-hour laws, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, unpaid wages, breach of contract, whistleblower claims, and non-compete issues. After working for some of the nation’s largest labor-and-employment law firms, he opened his own practice in 2014 to concentrate on protecting the rights of workers and employees. Mr. Williams draws on his previous experience representing employers to provide legal advice to individuals regarding potential claims and legal remedies under state and federal employment laws.
Mr. Williams has litigated a wide variety of employment issues in Louisiana state and federal courts and in jurisdictions throughout the United States, including California, Illinois, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee. Additionally, he has authored and contributed to numerous articles on litigation and employment law issues in a variety of legal publications, including Bloomberg Law Reports, Employment Law 360, and the Bureau of National Affairs.
In 2003, Mr. Williams graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University School of Law where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and received the Haber Joseph McCarthy Award as the outstanding student in the Environmental Law Program. Mr. Williams received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Spanish from the College of Charleston in 2000, where he was the recipient of the D.L. Scurry Foundation Scholarship.
- Member of Federal Bar Association
- Member of New Orleans Bar Association
- Member of American Bar Association – Labor & Employment and Litigation Sections
- Geith v. Sprint Communs. Co. L.P., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83673 (N.D. Ohio June 19, 2014) – Obtained judgment in favor of the defendants in this ERISA action seeking additional retirement benefits
- Mintz v. Mark Bartelstein & Assocs., et al. — F.Supp.2d —-, 2012 WL 5391779 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 1, 2012) In a widely watched case in the sports industry, Mr. Williams represented an NBA basketball agent as well as one of the world’s largest entertainment and sports agencies against a competitor sports agency and its principal in a non-compete/trade secret lawsuit. After discovery and extensive motion practice, we obtained summary judgment on behalf of the sports agent and the talent agency as to all claims asserted against them. We also obtained summary judgment in favor of the sports agent on his claims for invasion of privacy and violations of California Penal Code § 502 based on his former employer’s hacking into his Gmail account.
- Avila v. Sanofi-Aventis, 90 So. 3d 1132 (La. App. 5 Cir. 3/13/2012) – Obtained defense verdict after a bench trial on claims for unpaid bonus compensation and penalty wages filed by pharmaceutical sales representative under the Louisiana Wage Payment Act; successfully defended appeal of the trial court’s decision in favor of the defendant at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana Supreme Court
- Smith v. Sprint/United Mgmt. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81077 (E. D. La. June 11, 2012) – Obtained summary judgment for national telecommunications company in federal court action alleging pregnancy discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law
- Johnson v. Acosta, et al. 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106776 (E.D. La. Sept. 20, 2011) – Obtained summary judgment for national telecommunications company in federal court action alleging pregnancy discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law
- Stephens v. Associated Medical Specialists, P.A., 2007 WL 2893367 (D.S.C. September 28, 2007) – Obtained summary judgment dismissing Title VII retaliation claims asserted by former human resources manager
ERISA Preemption in Provider Misrepresentation Claims – An Overview of the Jurisprudence Leading Up to the Fifth Circuit’s En Banc Review of Access Mediquip and What Lies Ahead, Bloomberg BNA Pension & Benefits Daily (2012)
Application of ERISA § 510 to Internal Workplace Complaints: A Review of Circuit Court Decisions, Bloomberg Law Reports – Labor & Employment, Vol. 5, No. 45 (November 7, 2011)
Hitching A Ride on the Wage and Hour Gravy Train: A Primer on ERISA Lawsuits Seeking Relief Based on Alleged Violations of the FLSA, Bloomberg Law Reports – Employee Benefits, Vol. 4, No. 7 (March 28, 2011)
Offers of Judgment: Strategic Use of Rule 68, ABA Pretrial Practice & Discovery Newsletter (2009)
ERISA Stock-Drop Cases: Evolution and Future, Employment Law 360 (2009) (Co-Author)
Are Attorney’s Fees Available?, ERISA Litigation (BNA 3rd. Ed. 2008 & 2009 Supp.) (Co-Author)
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