Mr. Waterman advises national, regional and local employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, commissions disputes, performance assessment and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, training, background checks, whistleblower claims, defamation, handbook and policy review, and trade-secrets protection strategies.
Much of Mr. Waterman's employment counseling is designed to assist clients to avoid legal disputes and limit litigation. This proactive approach involves speaking with clients to assess their existing employment practices and providing advice to ensure the best practices and limit legal exposure.
Additionally, Mr. Waterman regularly assists clients at the outset of new employment, whether the client is bringing on a new executive or an individual is joining a new company. He drafts and reviews employment contracts, severance agreements, non-competition, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements.
He has represented employers and executives in a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, staffing, professional services, transportation, and technology.
Mr. Waterman also handles an extensive array of commercial disputes and litigation matters. In connection with these services, Mr. Waterman provides advice to corporate clients in an effort to avoid costly litigation and drawn-out disputes. When litigation does become necessary, however, Mr. Waterman's years of litigation experience has proved invaluable to his clients. This experience has covered banking litigation, shareholder disputes, real estate litigation, securities arbitrations, unfair trade practice, complex contract disputes, and construction litigation.
He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. He also practices extensively before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. He is a member of the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and American Bar Associations. Chris joined the Firm in 2002 after practicing with Seyfarth Shaw, LLP and Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree from Saint Michael's College in Vermont in 1992, Mr. Waterman earned his law degree magna cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 1998.
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