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Christopher A. Crosman

Senior Counsel

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-1528
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Mr. Crosman is senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He represents employers in all facts of litigation, from inception through trial or arbitration, as well as on appeal.

Mr. Crosman’s experience includes representing companies and their management on a wide range of state and federal employment law disputes involving issues of wrongful discharge, discrimination based on race, age, disability, gender and national origin, workplace harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, privacy rights, trade secrets, employee raiding and unfair competition, independent contractor agreements, employee benefits and wage & hour claims.

Mr. Crosman has successfully arbitrated numerous employment law cases before JAMS and the American Arbitration Association.  He also routinely represents employers before administrative agencies, such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Mr. Crosman also frequently counsels clients on compliance with employment laws and how to avoid employment disputes; and drafts employment agreements, severance agreements and employment policies and procedures.

Mr. Crosman has substantial expertise in defending employers in state and federal class action lawsuits, including matters involving allegations of misclassification of employees, failure to pay overtime, meal and rest break violations, unfair competition and other violations of the Labor Code, including Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims.  He has defended numerous large, complex class actions for alleged wage and hour violations under both state and federal laws, for clients in a variety of industries, including the pharmaceutical, banking, transportation, medical, retail, travel & leisure, hospitality and food service industries.  Mr. Crosman is also the editor-in-chief of Seyfarth Shaw’s “white paper” on California class action litigation.

Mr. Crosman is senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He represents employers in all facts of litigation, from inception through trial or arbitration, as well as on appeal.

Mr. Crosman’s experience includes representing companies and their management on a wide range of state and federal employment law disputes involving issues of wrongful discharge, discrimination based on race, age, disability, gender and national origin, workplace harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, privacy rights, trade secrets, employee raiding and unfair competition, independent contractor agreements, employee benefits and wage & hour claims.

Mr. Crosman has successfully arbitrated numerous employment law cases before JAMS and the American Arbitration Association.  He also routinely represents employers before administrative agencies, such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Mr. Crosman also frequently counsels clients on compliance with employment laws and how to avoid employment disputes; and drafts employment agreements, severance agreements and employment policies and procedures.

Mr. Crosman has substantial expertise in defending employers in state and federal class action lawsuits, including matters involving allegations of misclassification of employees, failure to pay overtime, meal and rest break violations, unfair competition and other violations of the Labor Code, including Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims.  He has defended numerous large, complex class actions for alleged wage and hour violations under both state and federal laws, for clients in a variety of industries, including the pharmaceutical, banking, transportation, medical, retail, travel & leisure, hospitality and food service industries.  Mr. Crosman is also the editor-in-chief of Seyfarth Shaw’s “white paper” on California class action litigation.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (1997)
  • B.A., Brown University (1991)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • California Federal Courts
  • California State Courts

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California

Representative Engagements

  • Mercado v. Atria Senior Living, BC570823 (L.A. Superior Court) (obtained dismissal of statewide representative action brought under Private Attorneys General Act)
  • Morales v. AMETEK, Inc., 8:14-cv-00244-JLS-DFM (U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal.) (obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant as to all claims in single-plaintiff retaliation matter)
  • Purkey v. Extra Space Storage, CV11-01697 SVW (U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal.) (obtained dismissal of claims on behalf of putative class of storage facility workers)
  • Yip v. Board of Trustees of the San Diego UniteHere Pension Fund, 08-cv-1453-MMA (MDD) (U.S. District Court, S.D. Cal.) (claims of putative class of union members seeking pension benefits were dismissed)
  • Wallace v. Countrywide, CV08-01463 AG (U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal.) (misclassification class action brought by subprime mortgage brokers)
  • Ugas v. H&R Block, 09-06510 CAS, (U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal.) (class action by tax preparers alleging off-the-clock work and denial of meal and rest breaks)
  • Jimerson v. Genco, CV11-5157-SBA (U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal.) (misclassification class action on behalf of warehouse operations managers)
  • Doty v. Costco, CV05-3241 FMC (U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal.) (putative class action alleging meal and rest break violations)
  • Rounsavall v. Countrywide, BC362453 (L.A. Superior Court) (misclassification class action brought by mortgage loan underwriters)
  • Malakhov v. Interpublic, CV11-06605 GW (U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal.) (putative class action alleging meal and rest break violations and off-the-clock work)
  • Vasquez v. Orval Kent, 37-2010-00092355-CU-OE-CTL (San Diego Superior Court) (putative class action alleging meal and rest break violations on behalf of food production plant workers)
  • Wintermute v, Princess Cruise Lines, BC370751 (L.A. Superior Court) (putative class action alleging misclassification of information technology workers)
  • Holliman v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, C06-00755 SC (U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal.) (wage and hour class action alleging failure to pay proper overtime rates to nursing employees)

Publications

Book Chapters

  • Chapter Author, “Chapter 5 - The Order on the Motion for Conditional Certification,” Wage & Hour Collective Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012). Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation.
  • Chapter 17, “Harassment Not Because of a Protected Basis,” Barbara T. Lindemann and David D. Kadue, Workplace Harassment Law (BNA 2012)
  • Chapter 4, “Who Is Subject to Suit,”  Barbara T. Lindemann and David D. Kadue, Workplace Harassment Law (BNA 2012)

Community Involvement

  • Public Counsel (Pro bono representation of low-income clients)
  • Lawyers for Literacy (Chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s seven-time champion charity spelling bee team)
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights, Pro Bono Adoptions