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Christopher E. Howe

Biography

Christopher E. Howe has 20 years experience representing employers in state and federal trials (both jury and non-jury), state and federal appellate courts, labor and employment arbitration, and before administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board.

A graduate of Yale University and The William & Mary Law School, Mr. Howe’s practice in labor, employment and ERISA focuses on the representation of management and has included the following: defending discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuits, defending claims brought under federal whistle-blower statutes, interpretation and enforcement of trade secret and non-compete agreements and obtaining temporary injunctions to stop the breach of contractual duties, preparation of employment agreements, employment benefit litigation under ERISA, representation in union organizational campaigns and defending unfair labor practice charges, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and advocating management decisions in labor arbitration. Mr. Howe also represents management in administrative actions brought by the Department of Labor under wage and hour and whistleblower laws, by OSHA under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and by the Texas Workforce Commission under the Texas Payday Act. He advises and counsels management in a wide variety of employment-related issues and in avoiding employment litigation. Mr. Howe and other attorneys in the Labor and Employment practice group frequently conduct in-house seminars on the foregoing issues for the benefit of employer clients.

Experience and highlights
  • Lead counsel at trial and on appeal of significant covenant-not-to-compete case in which both the trial and appellate courts found enforceable client's covenant-not-to-compete agreement. Rattikin Title Company v. O'Brien, 2006 WL 417237 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Feb. 23, 2006) (No. 2-05-238-CV), review dismissed w.o.j. (June 23, 2006)
  • Lead counsel in significant labor arbitration case in which the trial and appellate courts overturned a flawed labor arbitrator's decision against client. Int'l Union of Operating Eng'rs, Local 351 v. Cooper Natural Res., Inc., 163 F.3d 916 (5th Cir. 1999)
  • Lead counsel in successfully defending clients at trial and arbitration including whistleblower claims, retaliation claims and labor agreement claims
  • Lead counsel in obtaining successful jury verdict for client against an entity for theft and deceptive trade practices
  • Lead counsel at trial in successfully defending against a claim of whistleblower retaliation in a case brought under a federal whistleblower statute
  • Lead counsel in jury trial successfully defending against claims of workers' compensation retaliation
  • Lead counsel in jury trial that succeeded in obtaining full damages for client against a service vendor who engaged in deceptive trade practices
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of a client against the claims of two employees discharged for inappropriate postings on social media
  • Has successfully represented employers in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, including unfair labor practice proceedings
  • Has advised employers in union elections leading to votes against the union
  • Experience under both the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act
Affiliations and honors

AFFILIATIONS

  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Fort Worth Academy, Board Member
  • Guardian Services of Tarrant County, Texas, Board advisor on employment law issues
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corp: South, Past Board member
  • Governor's office, Assistant Director of Appointments, Past Board Member, 1991-1995
  • Past Board Member and Vice-Chair, The State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Paralegals

HONORS

  • Top Attorney in Labor & Employment Law and Worker's Compensation, 360 West magazine, 2017-2018
Education
  • William and Mary Law School, J.D., 1986
  • Yale University, B.A., 1980
Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
Speeches & Publications
  • Speaker, "New Developments in Social Media Law", Webinar, 2012
  • Speaker, "The National Labor Relations Act – What the Non-Union Employer Needs to Know," Labor and Employment Law Conference, Fort Worth, 2001
  • Speaker, "Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment," Labor and Employment Law Conference, Fort Worth, 2001
Mr. Howe won complete relief in a significant trial concerning defective technology for a non-profit school