Currently Chris heads up the Labor, Employment, Benefits and Workers Compensation Group as Associate General Counsel at Con Edison in New York City. He has spent the bulk of his career as a management-side labor and employment lawyer since 1985, with large firm and small firm experience. His work experience has been two-fold. There has always been a heavy focus on compliance, advising clients in all facets of this practice area (i.e. federal, state and local discrimination laws, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, WARN, EPPA, employment contracts, executive compensation, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, reductions in force, whistleblower laws, collective bargaining negotiations), in a variety of factual situations from pre-employment through discipline and/or discharge. Twenty years ago, Chris collaborated with a partner on the creation of a workplace EEO and harassment training presentation which is regularly updated; the presentation has been given, either alone or with a co-presenter, to numerous clients on a regular basis over the last twenty years.
Chris is also a seasoned litigator, having represented clients in state and federal court, and before state and federal administrative agencies, in hundreds of discrimination cases. He has been first or second chair at approximately 25 bench trials or administrative hearings and one jury trial, and first chair at over 100 labor arbitrations. Having an active litigation practice has helped immeasurably in developing the necessary insight and analytical skill to successfully advise clients on compliance issues.
Chris has also been active on the Volunteer Mediation Panel for the Southern District of New York since 2000, and over the past five to seven years handled 40 to 50 mediations, covering employment law, wage and hour litigation, commercial contract issues and Section 1983 cases. He was on the District’s Mediation Advisory Committee from 2015-2018, and joined the Eastern District Panel in 2018.
Chris speaks and writes regularly on employment law issues. He is active in leadership roles in professional associations and not-for-profit organizations, having recently been inducted as a fellow in to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and selected as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, with a term to begin in June 2020.