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 court. 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 responsive and keeps clients informed at every step of the process. Chris focuses on class and mass actions, as well as traditional labor issues, wage and hour, wrongful termination, and discrimination claims.

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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  • 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.
  • Successfully defended national health care provider against mass action rest and meal break claims in Pierce County Superior Court.
  • Obtained summary judgment for regional power company on all claims in administrative forum.
  • Successfully defended global technology company against National Labor Relations Board subpoena seeking alleged joint employer evidence.
  • Prevailed on all claims against regional health care company in Yakima County Superior Court. Plaintiff walked away shortly after summary judgment was filed.
  • Lead counsel in multiplaintiff 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.
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Honors & Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Employment & Labor, Civil Litigation, Environmental Litigation), Washington Super Lawyers®, 2017-2019
  • CFO Leadership Council Steering Committee, 2019
  • Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference, Special Topics Subcommittee Co-Chair, 2019
  • 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
  • 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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