Christine E. Howard: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Christine E. Howard

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Regional Managing Partner
Tampa,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone(813) 769-7503

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Defense
  • Class and Collective Action Defense
  • Disability and Illness Discrimination
  • Litigation
  • Employment Compliance Audits and Counseling
  • Fair Labor Standards Act - FLSA
  • Family and Medical Leave Act - FMLA
University Emory University, Atlanta, GA, B.A., 1987
Law SchoolEmory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, J.D., with distinction, 1990
Admitted1990, Georgia and Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Professional Activities

Member, HR Tampa
Member, Suncoast Human Resources Management Association
Member, State Bar of Florida and Hillsborough County Bar Associations
Member, Corporate Counsel and Labor and Employment Sections of the State Bar of Georgia and Atlanta Bar Association
Member, Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal Advisory Board 2004-2006
Chair, Fisher & Phillips' Women's Initiative and Leadership Council


Christine Howard is a partner in the Tampa and Atlanta office. She also serves as a Co-Chair of the firm's Women's Initiative and Leadership Council.

She focuses her practice on the defense of employment discrimination and harassment complaints and wage and hour and benefits litigation. She has successfully handled many dispositive motions, hearings and trials on behalf of employers.

Over the last decade, she has defended numerous collective action cases filed on behalf of classes of employees alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, successfully defeating attempts at class certification in practically every instance.

In addition to litigating matters on behalf of employers, Christine conducts workplace investigations, compliance audits, and management training.

She also counsels employers on the preventive measures they may take to avoid or reduce employment-related claims, including on issues arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Christine is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She is recognized in 2014 and 2015 Florida Super Lawyers. She was recognized in Georgia Super Lawyers each year from 2004 through 2008.

Christine was credited as an author on an E-Discovery Chapter in Data: Law and Litigation. The book provides an overview of legal issues associated with employment-related electronically stored information, focusing on discovery issues in particular.


Hyping The Hyper-technical - The New Wave of FCRA Class Actions
June 15, 2015

Invasion of Privacy Liability in the Electronic Workplace: a Lawyer's Perspective
April 1, 2009

Avoiding The Wage-Hour Lawsuit Boom
March 13, 2007

Handling EEOC Charges: A PEO's Responsibility
July 25, 2005

Correcting Performance or Parting Ways: An Effective Approach to Employee Discipline
August 1, 2002

Managing Employees Effectively - The Preventive Approach
June 1, 2002

A Primer for Hiring - Selecting Employees Using Aggressive Screening Tactics
August 1, 2001


Fisher & Phillips Hosts the 2013 Tampa Best Places to Work Awards
April 18, 2013

2012 HR Florida Conference & Expo - Orlando, FL
August 27, 2012

Emerging Employment Law Issues Confronting Florida Dealerships - Tampa, FL
October 11, 2011

Top 5 Employers Mistakes: How to Prevent Issues Before They Happen in 2011 - Tampa, FL
February 17, 2011

Speaker: Association of Corporate Counsel West Coast Florida Chapter: Your Action Plan: Top Ten Items For 2014


Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Eight Attorneys Included in Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
June 11, 2015

Quotes and Soundbites

Ruling Urges Swiftness For FLSA 'Pick-Off' Bids
October 23, 2014

Genesis Ruling Leaves Employer FLSA Strategy Up In The Air
April 17, 2013

Florida Is On Overtime For Wage And Hour Claims
October 26, 2012

Wage and Hour Defense Costs Might Be Covered by EPL Insurance
May 17, 2012

Linking ADA Compliance to Corporate Culture
September 6, 2011 (Also at Atlanta, Georgia Office)

Reported CasesRepresentative Work: Attorneys Defeat Collective Action Motion in Tennessee; Federal Court in New Mexico Holds that Plan Documents Govern Over Misrepresentations from HR; Summary Judgment Secured for Multi-Count Sexual Harassment Complaint; Reported Cases: Maitland v. Employease, Inc., 2006 WL 3090120 (N.D. Ga. 2006); Chriss v. Royal Indemnity Co., 2006 WL 1097605 (N.D. Ga. 2006); Moten v. Alberici Constructors, 380 F. Supp. 2d 1355 (N.D. Ga. 2005); Johnson v. Fulton Concrete, 330 F. Supp. 2d 1330 (N.D. Ga. 2004); Taylor v. CompUSA, 2004 WL 1660937 (N.D. Ga. 2004); Mackenzie v. Kindred Hospitals East, LLC, 276 F. Supp. 2d 1211 (M.D. Fla. 2003); Mangrum v. Republic Industries, 260 F. Supp. 2d 1229 (N.D. Ga. 2003); Traylor v. Gene Evans Ford (Autonation), 185 F. Supp. 2d 1338 (N.D. Ga. 2002); Grayer v. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, 2001 WL 1577339 (N.D. Ga. 2001)

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Christine E. Howard

101 East Kennedy Boulevard
TampaFL 33602


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