Chris focuses his practice on the defense of complex employment cases in federal and state courts, arbitration, and before administrative agencies.
He has represented a broad range of clients in employment, contractual, and traditional labor matters, specializing in the defense of class and collective actions; complex wage and hour issues; matters involving race, sex, age, disability, and pregnancy discrimination; wrongful termination; trade secrets and noncompetition agreements; ERISA; RICO; and various state law claims, including wage and discrimination claims under the Massachusetts General Laws. Chris also assists employers in responding to administrative complaints and investigations before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and various other state agencies, and defends employers in such actions.
Chris has successfully represented clients across the country, including in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas.
Prior to joining Constangy, Chris served in the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination's enforcement/investigations division, was a labor and employment litigator at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and worked as a judicial intern for Judge Angel A. Cortiñas of the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida. He was also a certified legal intern for the Office of the Public Defender for Miami-Dade County, where he defended indigent clients in felony criminal cases.
Chris graduated valedictorian from St. Thomas University School of Law and cum laude from Boston College, also working as a congressional aide to Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
Honors & Recognitions
- Avvo Clients' Choice Award (2014)
- Best for Class Action Litigation – Massachusetts, Corporate America Legal Elite (2015)
- Rising Star, Massachusetts Super Lawyers® (2013-2017)
Professional & Civic Associations
- American Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Florida Bar Association
- Massachusetts Food Association, Human Resource Council and Government Affairs Committee
- Boston Bar Association
- Boston Book Festival, Pro Bono Attorney
- Boy Scouts of America Troops 16 and 127; Miami, FL, Chairman and Board Member
- College Essay Bootcamp Tutor/Volunteer, 826 Boston
- Lawyers for Children America; Miami, FL, Attorney ad Litem
Chris is an avid hockey player and sports enthusiast. When he isn’t spending time with his family, he enjoys snowboarding, running, traveling, listening to music and reading fiction.
News & Analysis
Client Presentations & Firm Publications
Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications
“LEADING EDGE EMPLOYMENT LAW: Emerging Trends in Pay Parity Litigation and Enforcement,” panelist and presenter at the Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference, March 2018
- “EEOC you soon? Under Investigation by the EEOC: Prevention and Defense Strategies to Avoid Claims of Systemic Discrimination,” panelist and presenter at the Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, March 2017
- “Use of Technology and Innovations in Wage and Hour Class and Collective Action Litigation,” panel moderator and presenter at the Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, September 2016
- Cumulative Supplement, Third Edition, to the ABA/BNA treatise "The Fair Labor Standards Act,” Chapter 10, Determining Overtime Compensation (Associate Chapter Editor), 2016
- Treatise Supplements to the ABA/BNA treatise "The Fair Labor Standards Act” (Chapter Editor), 2012-2015
- Cumulative Supplement, Second Edition, to the ABA/BNA treatise "The Fair Labor Standards Act," Chapter 10, Determining Overtime Compensation, and Chapter 15, Retaliation (Associate Chapter Editor), 2014
- Cumulative Supplement to the ABA/BNA treatise "The Fair Labor Standards Act," Chapter 10, Determining Overtime Compensation, and Chapter 15, Retaliation (Associate Chapter Editor), 2012
- “The Florida Minimum Wage Act: Thoughts on the Impending Notice Debate,” Thomas University School of Law, Winter 2010
- “The Cost of Doing Business: Mitigating Increasing Recession Wage and Hour Risks While Promoting Economic Recovery,” Michigan State University College of Law, Journal of Business and Securities Law, Fall 2009
- "Driving Off the Face of the Fourth Amendment: Weighing Caballes Under the Proposed Vehicular Frisk Standard," Valparaiso Law Review, Fall 2008 (concurrently published in Italy by an Italian legal journal)
- "The first duty of a man is to think for himself."
- Jose Marti
- Counseling and advising employers in all areas of labor and employment law
- Wage and hour
- Employment litigation
- Trade secrets and noncompetition litigation
St. Thomas University School of Law
- J.D., valedictorian, summa cum laude, 2007
- B.A., English Literature, cum laude, 2004
Bar & Court Admissions
- Massachusetts, 2009
- Florida, 2007
- Connecticut, 2015
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts