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Christina M Janice

Senior Counsel

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5224
Fax: (312) 460.7279
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Christina M. Janice is a senior counsel of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the leading national employment and labor law firm. Ms. Janice is resident in the firm's Chicago office.  Ms. Janice's practice includes defending employers throughout the United States in complex employment discrimination class actions and single plaintiff litigation, EEOC pattern or practice lawsuits, wage & hour class and collective actions, Department of Labor compliance partnerships, and executive and other high profile individual employment disputes.  Ms. Janice also is a member of the firm’s nationwide appellate advocacy team, focusing on federal civil appellate practice and administrative appeals from government determinations.

A former in-house counsel for a multinational S&P 500 Index company, Ms. Janice also counsels employers on a wide variety of compliance topics, domestic and international human resources matters, internal audits, complex internal investigations, executive compensation and severance, and workforce integration and retrenchment incident to mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience in arbitration, mediation and other forms of early alternative dispute resolution, and in counseling employers on the effective use of these methodologies.  

Ms. Janice has been recognized by clients and peers for excellence in litigation and employment law, and has been recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with an Award of Merit for her work with the United States Marshals Service and legal aid in the recovery of abducted children.

Christina M. Janice is a senior counsel of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the leading national employment and labor law firm. Ms. Janice is resident in the firm's Chicago office.  Ms. Janice's practice includes defending employers throughout the United States in complex employment discrimination class actions and single plaintiff litigation, EEOC pattern or practice lawsuits, wage & hour class and collective actions, Department of Labor compliance partnerships, and executive and other high profile individual employment disputes.  Ms. Janice also is a member of the firm’s nationwide appellate advocacy team, focusing on federal civil appellate practice and administrative appeals from government determinations.

A former in-house counsel for a multinational S&P 500 Index company, Ms. Janice also counsels employers on a wide variety of compliance topics, domestic and international human resources matters, internal audits, complex internal investigations, executive compensation and severance, and workforce integration and retrenchment incident to mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience in arbitration, mediation and other forms of early alternative dispute resolution, and in counseling employers on the effective use of these methodologies.  

Ms. Janice has been recognized by clients and peers for excellence in litigation and employment law, and has been recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with an Award of Merit for her work with the United States Marshals Service and legal aid in the recovery of abducted children.

Education

  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1991)

  • B.A., John Carroll University, cum laude (1988)

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Ohio

Courts

  • State of Ohio
  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Honors

  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 United States (2016)
  • Top Rated Lawyer® for Litigation, Martindale-Hubbell (2015)
  • In-House Award, Labor & Employment Law Team Of The Year, The Legal 500 United States (2014)
  • Award of Merit, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (2009) 

Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago

Representative Engagements

Defense of Class Actions and EEOC - Initiated Litigation
  • Boyle, et.al. v. Sterling Jewelers Inc., No. 08-CV-2875 (U.S. District Court/Southern District of New York) (ongoing representation in class action alleging gender discrimination in pay and promotions)
  • EEOC v. Darden Restaurants, Inc., et al., No. 15-CV-20561 (U.S. District Court / Southern District of Florida) (ongoing representation in disparate treatment and nationwide pattern-or-practice action alleging discrimination in hiring based on age)
  • EEOC v. Sterling Jewelers Inc., No. 08-CV-706 (U.S. District Court/Western District of New York) (ongoing representation in EEOC pattern or practice case alleging gender discrimination in pay and promotions)
Defense of Complex Wage and Hour Collective Actions
  • Brunner, et al v. Liautaud, et al., No. 14-CV-5509 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of a franchisor against class and collective action claims that use the FLSA and state wage and hour laws to mount a novel attack on the nature of the franchise relationship)
  • Flood, et al. v. Carlson Restaurants, Inc., et al., No. 14-2740 (U.S. District Court / Southern District of New York) (ongoing representation in putative class and collective action involving current and former tipped workers at TGI Friday’s alleging various violations of state and federal tip credit and overtime laws)
  • Lopez, et. al. v. The Talbots, Inc., No. 15- 05080 (U.S. District Court / Northern District of California) (ongoing representation in statewide putative collective action alleging various violations of state overtime and minimum wage laws)
  • Whitmore v. Remedy Temporary Services, Inc., No. 15-cv-02161 (U.S. District Court / District of Arizona) (ongoing representation in statewide putative collective action alleging failure to pay overtime wages violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act)

Publications