Overview

About Chris

Chris Wall is a trial lawyer in Stoel Rives’ Seattle office. He has tried cases and won jury verdicts in state and federal courts. Chris has also prevailed in arbitration and administrative forums. Chris uses insights from litigation to strategically advise clients on how to preempt litigation before it starts and resolve disputes in the most cost-effective manner. He is highly responsive and keeps clients informed at every step of the process. Chris is well versed in class actions, traditional labor issues, trade secret and noncompete litigation, as well as wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Chris helps employers comply with rapidly evolving pay equity laws. Chris also advises employers on issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, including leave laws and workplace safety.

Chris draws on his experience as a judicial extern to the Honorable John Coughenour and as a law clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court, as well as his significant experience in commercial and environmental litigation, to meet the needs of his clients. Prior to attending law school, Chris served as a teacher in rural Nepal.

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Experience

Experience

  • First chaired jury trial and obtained favorable verdict on Washington Law Against Discrimination claims in Pierce County Superior Court.
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict on USERRA and Washington Minimum Wage Act claims in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
  • Obtained summary judgment for regional shipping company on discrimination claims in King County Superior Court.
  • Obtained denial of class certification in a wage and hour case on behalf of regional health care provider in Pierce County Superior Court.
  • Obtained summary judgment for regional power company on all claims in administrative forum.
  • Represented regional health care provider in Yakima County Superior Court and prevailed on all claims. Plaintiff walked away shortly after summary judgment was filed.
  • Lead counsel in multi-plaintiff litigation against energy-efficiency company, resulting in successful defense of all claims.
  • Integral member of litigation team in a Model Toxics Control Act case for environmental contamination of a salmon-bearing creek. After moving for summary judgment, the Defendant offered all relief sought, including environmental remediation under Ecology supervision and attorney’s fees.
  • Represented large Seattle commercial real estate firm in successful defense of commissions dispute.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement for winery over shipment dispute with supplier.
  • Successfully represented many employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Washington State Human Rights Commission assisting in responses to Charges of Discrimination and achieving agency findings of no probable cause.
  • Successfully defended global technology company against National Labor Relations Board subpoena seeking alleged joint employer evidence.
  • Represented the Superior Court in multi-grievance proceeding.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Employment & Labor, Civil Litigation, Environmental Litigation), Washington Super Lawyers®, 2017–2020
  • CFO Leadership Council Steering Committee, 2019–present
  • Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference, Special Topics Subcommittee Co-Chair, 2019–present
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • Member, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Contributor to Stoel Rives LLP “World of Employment” blog
  • “Employment Issues During the Pandemic” CFO Leadership Council, May 2020
  • Taming the COVID-19 Chaos: What Employers Need to Know Part 5” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, April 2020
  • “Paid Leave Developments,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2020
  • “Washington State New Equal Pay Laws,” Washington Farm Labor Association webinar, Nov. 2019
  • “Debriefing the 2019 Legislative Session and New Employment Laws,” Stoel Rives, Sept. 2019
  • “Washington’s Evolving Leave Laws,” SHRM Seattle, June 2019
  • “Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportunities Act,” CFO Leadership Council, April 2019
  • “Traditional Labor Update,” SHRM Portland, March 2017
  • “Hiring to Termination: A Three-Part Series on HR Best Practices,” Stoel Rives, Sept. 2016



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