About

Christopher L. Williams

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.

  • Morales et al. v. LMK Baton Rouge Construction, LLC, et al., CA#3:15-cv-639 (M.D. La.) – In this collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Mr. Williams obtained a $366,000 settlement on behalf of construction workers allegedy misclassified as “independent contractors” rather than “employees” under the FLSA., 2017
  • Gibson v. Leson Chevrolet Co., No. 16-2868, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47268 (E.D. La. Mar. 29, 2017) – In this action under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1981, and the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law, Mr. Williams successfully opposed the defendant’s motion for summary judgment as to the plaintiff’s race discrimination claims., 2017
  • Rule v. S. Indus. Mech. Maint. Co., LLC, No. 16-1408, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34295 (W.D. La. Mar. 6, 2017) – In this collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Mr. Williams obtained conditional certification for a nationwide class of more than 900 workers based on the defendant’s alleged failure to include per diem amounts in the workers’ regular rate of pay for purposes of calculating their overtime compensation., 2017
  • Pointer v. Flight Services and Systems, Inc. – 15-cv-03398-NJB-JCW (E.D. La. 2016) – In this collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Mr. Williams obtained a settlement of more than $223,000 for a class of individuals who worked for an aviation staffing company who were owed overtime and wages based on their allegations that they were not paid for all time worked., 2016
  • Panzer v. Swiftships, LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144200 (E.D. La. Oct. 23, 2015) – In this putative class action under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Mr. Williams and his co-counsel defeated the defendants’ motion to dismiss challenging the plaintiffs’ standing to sue for statutory violations of the FCRA.
  • Williams v. United States Envtl. Servs., LLC, No. 15-168-RLB, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18290 (M.D. La. Feb. 16, 2016) – In this action under, inter alia, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, Mr. Williams successfully moved to compel the production of documents that the defendants refused to produce based on the settlement privilege, attorney-client privilege, and the work-product doctrine.  The Court ordered the defendants to produce all documents initially withheld on privilege grounds., 2016
  • Pickney v. Mid-State Mktg., LLC, No. 1:16-cv-0152, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118278 (W.D. La. Aug. 29, 2016) – In this action under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Louisiana state law, Mr. Williams defeated the employer’s opposition to the plaintiff’s motion for leave to amend the complaint to assert collective-action and Rule 23 class-action claims on behalf of the plaintiffs., 2016
  • Thompson v. Beacon Behavioral Hosp., Inc., No. 15-5455, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121964 (E.D. La. Sep. 8, 2016) – In this action brought under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law, and Family Medical Leave Act, Mr. Williams successfully defeated the employer’s motion for summary judgment as to all claims asserted by the plaintiff, including her claims for pregnancy discrimination, FMLA interference, and FMLA retaliation., 2016
  • Shields v. Boys Town La., Inc., 194 F. Supp. 3d 512 (E.D. La. 2016) – In this action under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law, and the Family Medical Leave Act, Mr. Williams successfully opposed the defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to the plaintiff’s claims for (1) race discrimination under Title VII and the LEDL; and (2) retaliation under the FMLA., 2016
  • Bridges v. Absolute Lawn Care La., LLC, No. 16-448, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151078 (E.D. La. Nov. 1, 2016) – In this collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Mr. Williams obtained conditonal certification on behalf of a class of lawn care workers who allegedly did not have their producutivity/attendance bonus compensation included in their regular rate of pay as required by their FLSA., 2016
  • Funez v. E.M.S.P. LLC, No. 16-1922, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112884 (E.D. La. Aug. 24, 2016) – In this collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Mr. Williams obtained conditional certification on behalf of a class of janitiorial workers allegedly misclassified as “independent contractors” rather than “employees” for purposes of the FLSA., 2016
  • Williams v. United States Envtl. Servs., LLC, No. 15-168-RLB, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177217 (M.D. La. Sep. 21, 2015) – In this action that initially was filed asserting claims of discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment, Mr. Williams defeated the employer’s opposition to the plaintiff’s motion for leave to amend her complaint to assert claims under (1) the Fair Labor Standards Act for failing to pay for all time worked, including compensable training; and (2) causes of action under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 based on the defendant’s alleged failure to enroll Plaintiff for health and dental insurance, and for failing to provide the notices required under the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985., 2015
  • Sierra v. E.M.S.P., LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136227 (E.D. La. Oct. 5, 2015) – Mr. Williams obtained a $200,000 settlement on behalf of nine plaintiffs alleging that they were misclassified as independent contractors and did not receive overtime for hours worked over forty in a work week while working for the defendants’ janitorial business
  • Jones v. Yale Enf’t Servs., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83221 (E.D. La. June 26, 2015) – Mr. Williams obtained conditional certification in an FLSA collective action on behalf of a group of security guards who were not paid for all compensable time while required to stay 24 hours a day at a hospital during the landfall and aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
  • 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., 906 F. Supp. 2d 1017 (C.D. Cal. 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
  • 2017 Midwinter Treatise Supplement for the American Bar Association’s Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee – Contributing Author to a treatise supplement discussing significant Fair Labor Standards Act decisions from June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016., Contributing Author, 2017 Midwinter Treatise Supplement – The Fair Labor Standards Act, American Bar Association – Labor & Employment Section (Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee), 2017
  • 2016 Midwinter Treatise Supplement for the American Bar Association’s Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee – Contributing Author to a treatise supplement discussing significant Fair Labor Standards Act decisions from June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015., Contributing Author, 2016 Midwinter Treatise Supplement – The Fair Labor Standards Act, American Bar Association – Labor & Employment Section (Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee), 2016
  • 2015 Midwinter Treatise Supplement for the American Bar Association’s Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee – Contributing Author to a treatise supplement discussing significant Fair Labor Standards Act decisions from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014., Contributing Author, 2015 Midwinter Treatise Supplement – The Fair Labor Standards Act , American Bar Association – Labor & Employment Section (Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee), 2015
  • 2012 Midwinter Report: The Family and Medical Leave Act – Contributing Author to a treatise supplement discussing significant Family Medical Leave Act decisions., Contributing Author, 2012 Midwinter Report: The Family and Medical Leave Act, American Bar Association – Section of Labor and Employment (Family and Medical Leave Act Subcommittee), 2012
  • 2012 Midwinter Treatise Supplement for the American Bar Association’s Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee – Contributing Author to a treatise supplement discussing significant Fair Labor Standards Act decisions from June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011., Contributing Author, 2012 Midwinter Treatise Supplement – The Fair Labor Standards Act, American Bar Association – Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2012
  • An article analyzing ERISA preemption in the context of healthcare provider misrepresentation claims and examining potential outcomes of the Fifth Circuit’s en banc review of its panel decision in Access Mediquip LLC v. UnitedHealthcare Ins. Co.  , Author, 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
  • 2011 Midwinter Report for the American Bar Association’s Equal Pay Act Subcommittee – A Report discussing significant Equal Pay Act decisions from the period January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010    , Contributing Author, 2011 Midwinter Report for the American Bar Association’s Equal Pay Act Committee, American Bar Association – Section of Labor & Employment Law, 2011
  • An article reviewing the unresolved circuit split regarding whether ERISA’s anti-retaliation provision set forth in Section 510 applies to internal workplace complaints., Author, 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) , 2011
  • An article examining “hybrid” lawsuits in which plaintiffs seek relief for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, while also asserting that the alleged compensation errors deprived them of the full value of ERISA plan benefits., Author, 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), 2011
  • Article discussing recent significant decisions and issues raised in ERISA stock-drop lawsuits., Co-author, ERISA Stock-Drop Cases: Evolution and Future, Employment Law 360, 2009
  • Co-author of book chapter addressing the availability of attorney’s fees under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), Co-Author, Are Attorney’s Fees Available?, ERISA Litigation (BNA 3rd. Ed. 2008 & 2009 Supp.)
  • Member of Federal Bar Association
  • Member of New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member of American Bar Association – Labor & Employment and Litigation Sections