W. Christopher Arbery
Hall, Arbery, Gilligan,
Roberts & Shanlever LLP
3340 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
University of Georgia, School of Law
(J.D., cum laude, 1994)
(B.A., cum laude, Government, 1988)
Admitted to Practice:
Georgia Bar, all Georgia State Courts
U.S. District Court (N.D. Ga.)
U.S. District Court (M.D.Ga)
U.S. District Court (W.D. Michigan)
U.S. District Court (E.D. Michigan)
U.S. District Court (N.D. Florida)
Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia
Supreme Court of the State of Georgia
U.S. Supreme Court
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
6th Circuit Court of Appeals
5th Circuit Court of Appeals
3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
W. Christopher Arbery, Partner
Chris Arbery’s practice focuses on labor and employment law matters, including litigation and counseling in the areas of employment discrimination, workplace harassment, wage and hour compliance, accommodating disabilities, family and medical leave compliance, employment contracts, trade secrets protection, covenants not to compete, collective bargaining issues, drug and alcohol testing and employee benefits. Experience includes class and collective actions and other multi-plaintiff litigation. Mr. Arbery has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of law. Before founding Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP, he was a partner on the Labor & Employment Team at Hunton & Williams LLP in Atlanta. Chris is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association.
- Litigation in federal and state courts defending employers against employment-related claims, including individual plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class claims.
- Recently obtained summary judgment in favor of clients in the manufacturing and health care industries in federal claims of discrimination.
- Represented a financial services company in the prosecution of claims against a former employee for tortious interference with business relations, misappropriation of trade secrets, computer theft and trespass, and defamation.
- Represented a data services company in the prosecution of claims against a former employee for breach of restrictive covenants and other claims.
- Represented a Fortune 500 company and nationwide retailer of auto parts against collective action claims of improper classification of assistant managers as exempt from overtime requirements.
- Represented a nationwide health care company against collective action claims of improper classification of athletic trainers as exempt from overtime requirements.
- Represented a national building supply company against class action claims of denial of meal breaks under California law.
- Represented a regional health care company in a collective action under the FLSA.
- Represented a nationwide retailer against claims of denial or meal and rest breaks under Kentucky law.
- Represented a major Southeastern power company in a class action in which employees asserted claims of race discrimination.
- Represents employers in numerous industries against single- and multi-plaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and alleged wage and hour violations.
- Counsels clients in litigation avoidance and compliance with various federal and state laws related to employment.
- Assists clients in negotiating, drafting, and enforcing employment agreements with various covenants protecting employers’ interests.
- Conducts speeches, workshops and manager training on various employment-related matters, including workplace investigations and compliance with federal and state laws.
- “In Times of Change, Keep It Simple: Complying with Employment Regulations,” Aspatore (August 2009)
- 4th Circuit: Medical Intern with Performance Problems Deemed Not Qualified for Job,” HR Magazine (Online) (April 2010)
- “Disability Claim Goes to Trial,” HR Magazine (Online) (January 2008)
- “1st Circuit: Improper Deductions Endanger Overtime Exemption,” HR Magazine (Online) (December 2007)
- “5th Circuit: Employer Faces Trial on Disability Claim Due to Dispute Over Qualifications,” HR Magazine (Online) (November 2007)
- “1st Circuit: Bus Trip Results in $2 Million Award Against Union,” HR Magazine (Online) (October 2007)
- “1st Circuit: Employer Pays with Interest After 14-Year Dispute,” HR Magazine (Online) (September, 2007)
- “10th Circuit: Males-only Transfer Policy Challenged,” HR Magazine (Online) (April 2007)
- “Threat of Class Actions Hovers,” National Law Journal (January 2003)
Recent Published Court Opinions
- Bell v. Crowne Management, LLC, 844 F. Supp. 2d 1222 (S.D. Ala. 2012)
- Cooper v. Southern Company, 390 F.3d 695 (11th Cir. 2004)
- Matthews v. Healthsouth Corp., 332 F.3d 293 (5th Cir. 2003)
- Ross v. Metropolitan Church of God, 471 F.Sup2d 1306 (N.D. Ga. 2007)
- Jackson v. Advance Auto Parts, 362 F.Supp.2d 1323 (N.D.Ga. 2005)
Awards and Professional Recognition
- Recognized by Best Lawyers® in America, 19th Edition, in employment law (management and litigation), 2012-2014
- Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading labor and employment lawyer in the state, selected by clients, 2007-2014
- Selected for inclusion in ‘Georgia Super Lawyers’ (Employment and Labor), as published in Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Super Lawyers magazine®, 2009-2015
- Selected for inclusion in ‘Georgia Rising Stars’ (Employment Law and Litigation), as published in Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Super Lawyers magazine®, September 2005