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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, bringing to the firm extensive professional experience both in class action and single plaintiff litigation practice, and as an in-house counsel and executive for a multinational S&P 500 Index company.  As a member of the firm’s Complex Discrimination Litigation practice group, Ms. Janice's practice leverages her well-rounded litigation experience with a keen, first-hand understanding of the operational needs of employers seeking to defend or reduce legal risks.

Ms. Janice’s litigation experience includes defending public, private and non-profit employers throughout the United States in complex regional and nationwide matters; including EEOC investigations and enforcement litigations, employment discrimination class actions, and wage & hour class and collective actions.  Her experience in litigation and litigation management includes in depth case investigation, crisis communications management, fact and expert discovery, pre-trial and motion proceedings and oral arguments, trials, and appeals of state and federal court decisions as well as governmental administrative determinations.  Her practice also involves a particular understanding and development of complex statistical evidence for national employers, and the use of that evidence in effective advocacy.

Among Ms. Janice’s recent achievements are successfully vacating a nationwide Title VII gender discrimination class for an industry-leading employer, securing dismissal of gender and disability discrimination claims against a regional employer, and successfully advocating statistical evidence to dramatically reduce the scope of risk against a multi-state employer to secure a favorable, cost-efficient resolution of a wage and hour collective action.

Ms. Janice’s combination of experiences as a plaintiff and defense side litigator and in-house counsel gives her unique insight into workplace dynamics, the impact of legal claims, and proactive measures to reduce risk.  She is frequently called on to assess and defend high profile executive and single-plaintiff civil rights and employment disputes, and to conduct or support workplace investigations.  Her workplace counseling practice integrates rigorous legal compliance into busy business life cycles.  She routinely advises employers on a wide variety of compliance topics; including domestic and international human resources matters, human resources policies and best practices, performance management, executive and non-executive compensation and severance, and workforce integration, retrenchment and WARN compliance incident to mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.  Ms. Janice also routinely develops and provides training to compliance officers and executives, in collaboration with Seyfarth Shaw At Work.  Ms. Janice has successfully sought and obtained EEOC approval of these training modules under specific consent decrees.

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, bringing to the firm extensive professional experience both in class action and single plaintiff litigation practice, and as an in-house counsel and executive for a multinational S&P 500 Index company.  As a member of the firm’s Complex Discrimination Litigation practice group, Ms. Janice's practice leverages her well-rounded litigation experience with a keen, first-hand understanding of the operational needs of employers seeking to defend or reduce legal risks.

Ms. Janice’s litigation experience includes defending public, private and non-profit employers throughout the United States in complex regional and nationwide matters; including EEOC investigations and enforcement litigations, employment discrimination class actions, and wage & hour class and collective actions.  Her experience in litigation and litigation management includes in depth case investigation, crisis communications management, fact and expert discovery, pre-trial and motion proceedings and oral arguments, trials, and appeals of state and federal court decisions as well as governmental administrative determinations.  Her practice also involves a particular understanding and development of complex statistical evidence for national employers, and the use of that evidence in effective advocacy.

Among Ms. Janice’s recent achievements are successfully vacating a nationwide Title VII gender discrimination class for an industry-leading employer, securing dismissal of gender and disability discrimination claims against a regional employer, and successfully advocating statistical evidence to dramatically reduce the scope of risk against a multi-state employer to secure a favorable, cost-efficient resolution of a wage and hour collective action.

Ms. Janice’s combination of experiences as a plaintiff and defense side litigator and in-house counsel gives her unique insight into workplace dynamics, the impact of legal claims, and proactive measures to reduce risk.  She is frequently called on to assess and defend high profile executive and single-plaintiff civil rights and employment disputes, and to conduct or support workplace investigations.  Her workplace counseling practice integrates rigorous legal compliance into busy business life cycles.  She routinely advises employers on a wide variety of compliance topics; including domestic and international human resources matters, human resources policies and best practices, performance management, executive and non-executive compensation and severance, and workforce integration, retrenchment and WARN compliance incident to mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.  Ms. Janice also routinely develops and provides training to compliance officers and executives, in collaboration with Seyfarth Shaw At Work.  Ms. Janice has successfully sought and obtained EEOC approval of these training modules under specific consent decrees.

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

  • US District Court, District of Colorado
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • US District Court, Western District of New York
  • US District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • US District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • US District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Southern District of Texas

Accolades

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

Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

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. Jackson National Life Insurance Company, et al., No. 16-cv-02472 (U.S. District Court / District of Colorado) (defense of EEOC representative action alleging race, gender and national origin discrimination and retaliation)
  • 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)
  • Oliver v. RELX, Inc., (No. 18-cv-00127) (U.S. District Court / Southern District of Ohio) (defense of putative collective and class action alleging failure to pay overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act)
  • Thomas v. Papa John’s International, Inc., et al.,  No. 17-cv-00411 (U.S. District Court / Southern District of Ohio) (defense of putative collective action alleging failure to pay minimum wages to drivers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act)
  • 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)

Presentations

  • “Blurring the Lines: A Discussion On Ethical Infractions Within The C-Suite,” Thompson Reuters Corporate Risk, Ethics And Compliance Forum (2018)
  • “Updated EEOC Guidance On Retaliation,” Clear Law Institute (2017)
  • “EEOC-Initiated Litigation Review,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce (2016)

Publications