Chris focuses his practice on commercial disputes in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and mediations, and represents and advises businesses on employment-law matters.
With a broad range of litigation experience, Chris has represented some of the largest U.S. companies in high-stakes, “bet the company” cases. His extensive background includes counseling clients through all phases of the litigation process, from written and document discovery to motion practice, strategy, depositions, and preparing expert witnesses. As part of his practice, Chris has drafted and negotiated employee separation agreements and terminations for high-level corporate executive officers for a variety of public and private organizations.
Chris’s experience working with a large commercial bank before law school taught him the importance of understanding client’s long-term business goals and that litigation is not always the best solution. Chris works with clients to proactively anticipate and address potential legal or business challenges to avoid litigious circumstances before they arise.
Before joining Schlam Stone, Chris was an employment counselor and litigator at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York City. While there, Chris was a key member of the firm’s internationally recognized Employment Litigation Practice Group. Chris began his legal career as an attorney in the Complex Commercial Litigation practice group at the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins.
Chris’s serves on the board of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law New York City Alumni Association and the University of New Orleans Alumni Association. A highly accomplished musician, Chris is also a board member of the non-profit Musicians Foundation.
- Off With His Head: The King Can Do No Wrong, Hurricane Katrina and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet; Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy; 2014; Article Link
- Credit Agency Rating Review Board: The Challenges and Implications of Implementing the Franken-Wicker Amendment to Dodd-Frank, Pepperdine University Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law; 2015; Article Link
- Can Employers Enforce Non-Competes Against California Employees?, New York Law Journal; February 5, 2019 (co-authored with Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas); Article Link
- Labor Department Clarifies Joint Employer Rule; New York Law Journal; February 4, 2020 (co-authored with Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas); Article Link
- How “Blurred Lines” Copyright Ruling is Affecting Music Biz; Law360.com; June 9, 2020; Article Link
- Represented a cryptocurrency trading company against a breach of contract claim for unpaid trading commissions brought by former employee;
- Counseled a well known, award-winning radio content creator in a matter involving harassment by the creator’s employer;
- Represented an employee of private school in Pennsylvania state court in a wrongful-termination action;
- Represented New York City restaurant in dispute with former employee alleging religious discrimination;
- Represented hedge fund in Delaware federal court against a securities valuation expert who failed to disclose a conflict of interest;
- Represented Chilean holding company against two former employees who violated their restrictive covenants by starting a competing business;
- Represented boutique investment bank in high-profile litigation against former partners terminated after breaching partnership and employment agreements;
- Represented boutique investment bank in putative class action asserting that a company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, New York Labor Law, and the California Labor Code by failing to pay regular and overtime compensation to employees;
- Represented a well known technology company in a high-profile disability discrimination class action regarding website accessibility for the visually impaired;
- Represented well known internet-telephone service provider in disability discrimination class action regarding website accessibility for the visually impaired;
- Represented food manufacturer against claims of racial discrimination and hostile work environment raised by a former manager;
- Represented publicly-traded healthcare company in dispute with a former senior executive involving restrictive covenants; and
- Represented consulting firm in an international trade secrets dispute with former manager in the firm’s Paris office.
- "Changing Legal Standards for Bringing Gender-Based Pay Disparity Claims in the Second Circuit", Celesq® AttorneysEd Center, May 19, 2020
- Board Member of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law New York City Alumni Association
- Board Member of the University of New Orleans Alumni Association
- Board Member of the non-profit Musicians Foundation
“I try to help my clients understand the situation realistically and objectively. I remind them that the law is based on precedent, so while no one can guarantee a specific result if a matter goes to trial, we usually do have a roadmap to follow.”