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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Christian Rowley

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor & Employment; Complex Discrimination Litigation; Workplace Counseling & Solutions; Employment Litigation; Wage & Hour Litigation; California Labor Code Litigation; Labor & Employee Relations; California Workplace Solutions; California Wage & Hour Litigation.


Mr. Rowley is the managing partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's San Francisco office, and co-chair of the San Francisco office's Labor & Employment Department.  He represents employers in single plaintiff and collective-action employment matters, including discrimination, wage and hour, sex harassment, and wrongful termination cases, before state and federal courts throughout the United States, FINRA, the EEOC, and various state agencies.  He also advises management in traditional labor matters, including organizing campaigns, labor arbitrations, NLRB cases, and collective bargaining negotiations, and he assists companies in designing, negotiating, and implementing executive employment and separation agreements, compensation structures, reductions-in-force, and human resources policies and procedures.

He is a frequent lecturer at public and private seminars nationwide on labor and employment issues, and is the author or co-author of numerous legal articles, including the introductory chapter in Wrongful Employment Termination Practice (CEB 1997), the premier reference on California’s wrongful termination laws.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Rowley practiced labor and employment law at Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, and at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco, California.  He also served as law clerk to then-Chief Justice Michael D. Zimmerman of the Utah Supreme Court.


Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP.


J.D., University of Utah, Order of the Coif (1993); B.S., University of Utah (1990)

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a team of 'good experts, comprising seasoned lawyers supervising stellar long-term associates'. Noted for its expertise in wage-and-hour class actions and workplace litigation alleging discrimination, the nationwide group is praised for being 'hands on, extremely thorough, and extraordinarily knowledgeable'. Work highlights included Noah Finkel and Andrew Scroggins acting for Epic Systems as co-counsel (alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP) in a landmark case decided by the Supreme Court in May 2018, relating to the enforceability of the agreement into which the plaintiff entered requiring the parties to resolve wage-hour disputes through individual arbitration and waive class and collective proceedings. The 'one-of-a-kind' Gerald Maatman continues to lead a team acting for Sterling Jewelers (together with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) in an employment discrimination class action. Brian Ashe successfully acted for Digital Realty Trust before the Supreme Court in a case relating to the definition and statutory application of the term 'whistleblower'. Camille Olson is a 'world class lawyer' and Washington DC-based Raymond Baldwin is a ' zealous advocate for his clients with a practical approach'. In Los Angeles, Andrew Paley is an 'extremely well-versed adviser', and Jon Meer is praised for his 'immense knowledge and trial practice'. Atlanta's Robert Stevens is described as an 'expert in restrictive covenant work'; clients also appreciate Kerry Friedrichs in San Francisco and Pamela Devata for 'being leaders in their field and being able to answer questions on the spot'. Further recommended individuals are practice head Laura Maechtlen and Christian Rowley in San Francisco, Boston's Richard Alfred and the 'greatly experienced and knowledgeable' Lisa Damon, Lorie Almon and Gina Merrill in New York, as well as Richard Lapp. In Houston, the team was strengthen by the arrival of Scott Nelson from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018, while John Yslas joined the Los Angeles office from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in July 2018. Named attorneys are based in Chicago except where indicated otherwise.

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