Chris Wike

Chris Wike
Partner

cwike@legalstrategy.com
office (512) 637-4956
fax (512) 637-4958

Practice Specialties:

Labor & Employment Law; Federal Litigation; Mediation

Certifications:

Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal  

Specialization:

Certified Mediator

State Bar Licenses:

Texas, New Mexico, and Florida

Education:

The University of Texas School of Law; J.D. (2003)

Baylor University; B.A. (2000)

Previous Experience:

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

The Office of the Texas Attorney General

Chris Wike

Chris joined Hajjar Peters from an international Labor & Employment law boutique and brings a depth of L&E experience and expertise to the firm. He has spent the vast majority of his time practicing law in Texas with the exception of two years in Florida while his wife completed graduate school at the University of Miami. Though Chris lives and works in Austin, he grew up in Amarillo and works out of both offices. In addition to his legal skills, Chris also brings his woodturning and woodworking skills to Hajjar Peters and serves as the firm’s Woodworker in Residence. He met his wife, Megan, while they were performing together at a classical music festival. They currently live in Northwest Austin with their Brittany and Springer Spaniel.

Labor & Employment Law:

Chris has represented management from small companies to Fortune 50 companies in all manner of employment matters from administrative charges to non-competition agreements to nationwide collective actions. He also regularly advise employers on their employment policies and procedures and helps craft those policies and procedures. He has vast experience handling matters arising under various state and federal labor statutes (including the FLSA, Title VII, EPA, ADA, FMLA, OSHA, ADEA, USERRA, and similar state statutes). Just a few of Chris’ accomplishments are as follows:

  • Defended a large, publicly-traded retailer in a nationwide collective action brought under the FLSA challenging the overtime exemption for a class of its managers.
  • Written employee handbooks, HR policies, investigation procedures, and ethics policies for a wide array of businesses with revenues in excess of $1 billion.
  • Successfully enforced non-compete and non-solicitation agreements resulting in permanent injunctions in favor of the business and the recovery of resulting lost profits.

Federal Litigation and Compliance:

In addition to his experience and expertise in Labor & Employment Law, Chris is a very experienced federal court litigator. Chris has tried jury cases resulting in defense verdicts in every federal district in the State of Texas. He also brings a depth of federal compliance experience related to the banking industry, the trucking and transportation industry, and the construction industry. Just a few of Chris’ accomplishments are as follows:

  • Represented large publicly-traded and privately-held plaintiff companies in an Antitrust case brought under the Sherman Act for collusion and price-fixing.
  • Advised and successfully defended companies related to alleged architectural barrier violations brought under Title III of the ADA.
  • Successfully represented his clients in proceedings and investigations before OSHA and the Department of Labor.

Mediation:

In addition to his legal practice representing clients in an advisory and adversarial setting, Chris is also a Certified Mediator in the State of Texas. He brings a unique perspective to the mediation table based on his having represented both individuals and companies in litigation, having tried a multitude of jury trials, having served as a jury member in a four-week civil trial, and having worked in chambers for two federal judges. Chris uses this unique perspective, along with his keen abilities as a problem-solver and a communicator, to help parties reach a resolution to all kinds of disputes and conflicts.

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