Chris is a Shareholder and member of Maynard Cooper’s Litigation and Labor & Employment practice groups.
His experience covers a broad range of matters related to general business litigation, commercial litigation and labor and employment issues. He has argued on behalf of clients from the following industries at both the state and federal level: government contracts, software and other technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, construction, real estate, retail, restaurant, non-profit, education, accounting, medical and automobile dealerships.
Chris focuses his litigation practice on business disputes. He has extensive experience representing clients in contract disputes in both state and federal courts. In addition, he regularly represents companies and their officers in lawsuits involving tort claims (such as negligence, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims). His litigation experience also includes disputes related to business acquisitions, property damage litigation, commercial and residential construction litigation, collection actions, disputes related to commercial lease agreements, real estate litigation, intellectual property litigation (including trade secret, copyright and trademark litigation) and corporate oppression/squeeze-out actions. His experience includes being a part of a legal team that represented the plaintiffs in a shareholder derivative action that resulted in a settlement of nearly $200 million for the plaintiffs, which is one of the largest settlements ever reported in the State of Alabama.
He has successfully tried cases to juries, judges and arbitrators. He has also handled appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Alabama Supreme Court and the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.
Labor & Employment
Chris has a deep of knowledge of employment law that he uses to assist small business to Fortune 500 companies. Employers frequently seek his advice on and representation in disputes under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 1981, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the FMLA, the FLSA, the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act and employment/non-compete/non-solicitation agreements. Chris regularly represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the Alabama Department of Labor, and in state and federal court, in defending claims made against them by current and/or former employees.
Chris has obtained numerous summary judgments and favorable settlements for clients involved in employment litigation. He recently obtained a defense verdict from a jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on behalf of a client who was sued for racial discrimination, racial harassment and retaliation.
Chris also works with clients to advise them on employee management issues, as well as drafting and updating personnel policies and employee handbooks for employers.
His talents have earned him recognition in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Litigation: Labor and Employment, and he has been listed in Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" for numerous years in the areas of Civil Litigation Defense and Employment & Labor Law.
Chris received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and holds a B.S. from Auburn University.