Christopher Calsyn

Former Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP

Christopher Calsyn

Christopher Calsyn

Former Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP

Biography

Christopher Calsyn is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Labor & Employment Group. He is a creator of, and a frequent contributor to, Crowell & Moring's whistleblower law blog, Whistleblower Watch. You can also follow Chris on Twitter at @chris_calsyn and @CMwhistleblower.

Chris regularly provides clients with litigation and counseling services in all facets of labor and employment law including:

* Federal and state whistleblower statutes such as: The Dodd-Frank Act reforms, Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), and False Claims Act (FCA) retaliation claims
* Protecting trade secrets and misappropriation of trade secrets claims
* Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage/hour statutes
* Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state anti-discrimination statutes
* Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
* Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
* Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
* Labor arbitration
* Non-compete/non-solicitation agreements
* Alleged wrongful termination
* Sexual harassment
* Reductions-in-force
* Employee drug testing, discipline, and other workplace policies

Representative Litigation Experience

* Member of trial team that won an approximately $35 million judgment in a patent infringement case for a leading nonprofit regenerative medicine corporation.
* Secured summary judgment for university client on plaintiff's 35 separate claims of race, age, gender, and disability discrimination.
* Defended SOX whistleblower claim on behalf of health insurer that resulted in complainant withdrawing claim.
* Represented an international automotive parts manufacturer in litigation against former employee for misappropriation of the company's trade secrets.
* Served as second chair in successful defense of FLSA collective action, resulting in jury verdict for international consulting firm.
* Obtained decertification of nationwide wage and hour collective action involving over 4,000 plaintiffs.
* Assisted multiple clients in conducting internal investigations of claims brought by current and former employees under various whistleblower statutes.
* Won dismissal of four lawsuits brought by former employee seeking $700 million in damages and secured injunction from court preventing plaintiff from filing additional lawsuits without leave of court.
* Secured summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's claims of age and disability discrimination against multinational automobile parts manufacturer.
* Negotiated favorable settlement of union grievance filed against large manufacturer on behalf of a dismissed employee.
* Settled multiple claims of discrimination and retaliation on favorable terms for various clients, avoiding litigation costs and potential legal exposure.
* Obtained summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's allegations of race discrimination against an international aircraft parts manufacturer.
* Drafted position statements and otherwise successfully handled client responses to numerous EEOC and state-agency equivalent charges alleging racial, national origin, gender, and disability discrimination and retaliation.

Representative Counseling Experience

* Counseled several clients regarding proactive measures to prevent and contain the theft of trade secrets by developing proactive onboarding, confidentiality, social media, departure, and related policies.
* Assisted clients in creating corporate cultures of compliance that encourage potential whistleblowers to internally report concerns that can be promptly investigated and addressed to minimize potential criminal and civil liability.
* Avoided litigation through successful counseling of multiple clients in handling FMLA leave requests and ADA reasonable accommodation requests brought by their employees.
* Revised numerous employer policy manuals regarding issues as varied as employee leave to social networking/blogging policies.
* Conducted several trainings for human resource professionals and other client employees on topics including protecting trade secrets, handling whistleblower complaints, hiring and firing, performance management, employee leave, and wage and hour best practices.
* Revised shareholder agreement for international consulting firm to ensure non-compete provisions are enforceable.
* Drafted dozens of severance and release agreements for employers seeking to terminate employees and avoid subsequent litigation.
* Assisted unionized employer in closing domestic facility and moving those operations to non-unionized international facility in compliance with NLRA and state and federal WARN laws.

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Education
JD
Class of 2005

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

BA in Political Science, cum laude
Class of 1998

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is the second oldest public university in the state (after Illinois State University), and is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. It is considered a Public Ivy and is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Career History
Counsel
Prior - 2015

Crowell & Moring LLP is a law firm that provides legal services in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and transactional matters. It also offers services in other areas including employee benefits, tax and white collar defense. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Political Donations
$250
2012

Former Senator from Missouri

$500
2008

Former President of United States

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