- Labor and Employment Defense
- Class and Collective Action Defense
- Disability and Illness Discrimination
- 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 School||Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, J.D., with distinction, 1990|
|Admitted||1990, 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|
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 the managing partner of the Tampa office and a partner in the Atlanta office. She also serves as 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.
In recent years, she has defended numerous collective action cases filed on behalf of classes of employees alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, successfully defeating class certification in each 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 2014Florida Super Lawyers. She was recognized inGeorgia Super Lawyerseach 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.
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
Quotes and Soundbites
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
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 (Also at Atlanta, Georgia Office)
|Reported Cases||Representative 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)|
View Ratings & Reviews
|Profile Visibility |
|#222 in weekly profile views out of 5,810 lawyers in Tampa, Florida|
|#39,366 in weekly profile views out of 1,538,052 total lawyers Overall|