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, and wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.

Chris also counsels companies nationwide on federal pay equity laws and on Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportunities Act. He helps clients lead the way on pay-equity issues across the country. Taking an innovative approach to helping companies implement equal-pay practices, Chris has created practice automation tools and developed legal project management strategies that streamline the pay-equity process for clients.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Chris has advised employers on myriad COVID-19-related employment issues, including leave laws and workplace safety. He has helped employers update their policies to comply with new federal regulations, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and numerous other new state and local laws and rapidly evolving government orders related to the pandemic.

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.
  • 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 & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America (Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment), 2021–2023
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Employment & Labor, Civil Litigation, Environmental Litigation), Washington Super Lawyers®, 2017–2022
  • 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

Civic Activities and Memberships

  • Pro Bono Attorney, Tacoma-Pierce County Courthouse Legal Clinic, 2013–present
  • Pro Bono Work:
    • Project Access Northwest
    • Cascade AIDs Project
    • Choose180
    • EarthCorps
    • Chelan-Douglas Land Trust
    • Northwest Outward Bound
    • Green Plate Special
    • Tall Timber
    • Homeward Pet Adoption Center
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Contributor to Stoel Rives LLP “World of Employment” blog
  • “Five Ways a Tight Labor Market Could Affect Equal Pay Claims,” Bloomberg Law, June 2022
  • Why Big Law Needs More Than New Pay Transparency Laws” (quoted), Bloomberg Law, June 2022
  • “Leave Laws,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2022
  • “Navigating the Return to the Office,” CFO Leadership Council, Seattle Chapter, January 2022
  • “The Delta Variant: What Do Employers Do Now?” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, August 2021
  • “Mastering the Fundamentals: The ADA and the Interactive Process,” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, April 2021
  • “Law School for CFOs,” CFO Leadership Council, Seattle Chapter, March 2021
  • “Legislative & Labor Law Update,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 19th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2021
  • “Law School for the CFO,” CFO Leadership Council, Seattle Chapter, 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, February 2020
  • “Washington State New Equal Pay Laws,” Washington Farm Labor Association webinar, November 2019
  • “Debriefing the 2019 Legislative Session and New Employment Laws,” Stoel Rives, September 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, September 2016

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