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about Christine

Whether you are a janitor or a CEO, a nurse or a trucker, your job is important to you and to your family. I represent individuals at the most difficult time in their careers.  I fight insurance companies to obtain short-term and long-term disability benefits for employees struggling with serious injuries and illnesses. I advocate for reasonable accommodations to ensure that disabled veterans and employees get a fair chance to succeed in the workplace. I stand up to employers who refuse to pay overtime and equal wages for equal work. And I litigate against corporations, both large and small, when termination decisions are made for illegal reasons. 

I am here to listen to you, whether you are concerned about your employer’s failure to pay you hard-earned commissions, your manager’s preference for younger workers over older workers, discrimination or harassment based on race or religion, unexpected unfair reactions to your pregnancy or cancer diagnosis, or retaliation directed at you because you refused to violate the law or blew the whistle. I will lay out your legal options clearly and honestly, and use my years of experience to help you navigate through difficult times.


EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley School of Law - 2005, J.D. 

  • Prosser Prize in Small Business Counseling

Bates College, 2001, B.A.

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Honor Society)
  • Maung Maung Gyi Award for Excellence in Comparative Politics
  • Semester Abroad at Instituto Norteamericano, Santiago & Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile

ADMISSIONS

  • Texas (All State Courts)
  • California (All State Courts)
  • Michigan (All State Courts)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern California
  • U.S. District Court, Central California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western Michigan
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • California Super Lawyers "Rising Star" - 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Dallas Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Dallas-Fort Worth National Employment Lawyers
    Association (“DFW-NELA”)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association ("NELA")
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Negotiating the Right to Equal Pay, DFW-NELA (2017)


NON-PROFIT EXPERIENCE

  • ACLU of Michigan Cooperating Attorney and Member of
    the Oakland County Lawyers’ Committee (2013-2015)
  • Board Member of the Center for Empowering Refugees
    and Immigrants (2006-2012)
  • UC-Berkeley Bridge Fellow and Law Student Intern at the
    Alameda County Homeless Action Center (2005)
  • Graduate Student Research for the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic (2003-2004)
  • Suitcase Clinic Advocate at the East Bay Community Law
    Center (2003)
  • Case Manager at the Volunteers of America Juvenile Day
    Deporting Center in Lewiston, Maine (2001-2002)