Christopher T. Wall

Christopher T. Wall

Seattle, WA

About Chris

Chris is a trial lawyer, managing all phases of litigation, including trials and appeals in state and federal courts as well as arbitrations and administrative proceedings. He uses insights from litigation to provide his clients with strategic advice on how to avoid litigation before it starts and resolve disputes in the most cost-effective manner. He works with businesses to navigate a wide variety of matters including labor issues, wage and hour, wrongful termination, and discrimination claims.

Chris draws on his experience as a judicial extern to the Honorable John Coughenour, as a law clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court, and 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. He now dedicates substantial time to pro bono work in Seattle.

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Professional Experience

  • Law clerk for the Hon. Joel. H Bolger, Alaska Supreme Court
  • Law clerk for the Hon. Walter L. Carpeneti, Alaska Supreme Court

Representative Cases

  • Represented large health care provider in defense of rest and meal break claims.
  • Defended technology company against National Labor Relations Board subpoena seeking alleged joint employer evidence.
  • Defended development company against USERRA and WLAD discrimination claims.
  • Represented shipping company in age and disability discrimination litigation, resulting in favorable settlement of all claims.
  • Defended regional health care company against misclassification, discrimination, and retaliation claims.
  • Lead counsel in multi-plaintiff litigation against energy-efficiency company, resulting in successful defense of all claims.
  • Represented large Seattle commercial real estate firm in successful defense of commissions dispute.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • “Traditional Labor Update,” SHRM, Mar. 2017
  • “Hiring to Termination: A Three-Part Series on HR Best Practices,” Stoel Rives, Sept. 2016

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