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Christy D. Joseph

Christy Joseph is a practice group leader for the firm's labor and employment law group. Her employment-related litigation experience includes representation of employers in federal and superior courts, as well as before administrative agencies in matters involving wrongful termination, discrimination claims, sexual harassment, ADA and medical condition claims, wage and hour claims including class actions, tortious interference, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, and trade secrets. Christy's practice further includes counseling employers not involved in litigation regarding contractual, statutory and legal rights, and employment obligation matters. Her experience involves developing and presenting training seminars for clients and business organizations.

Representative Litigation


Employment Litigation

  • Defense of multi-billion dollar company with over 200 stores in repeated wage and hour litigation
  • Defense of wage and hour class action claims
  • Defense of sexual harassment and discrimination actions on behalf of restaurant, medical supplier, auto, and retail clients
  • Defense of racial discrimination actions on behalf of medical supplier, trucking, auto, and retail clients
  • Defense of pregnancy and medical leave actions on behalf of service-based and retail clients
  • Defense of "whistle-blower" actions on behalf of trucking, auto, technology-based, and retail clients
  • Defense of claims of violation of the Equal Pay Act on behalf of retail and technology-based clients
  • Defense of ADA and medical condition claims on behalf of construction, pharmaceutical, retail, and technology-based clients

Other Business Litigation

  • Defense of negligence actions by independent contractors on behalf of retail and service clients
  • Prosecution of unfair competition, trade secret, breach of fiduciary duty, and interference claims on behalf of service-based clients
  • Prosecution of breach of contract, negligence, and fraud actions on behalf of retail, service, and technology-based clients


  • University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1988)
    • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Appellate Advocacy
  • University of California, Irvine (B.A., magna cum laude, 1985)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court, All Districts of California

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • State Bar of California
    • Labor and Employment Law Sections
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Section
      • Chair (2008)
      • Chair-Elect (2007)

Representative Presentations & Publications

  • Clinic in a BoxSM Program (Training Program for Non-profit Entity Intake – Employment), Presenter, ACC-SoCal, Public Law Center, Corporate Pro Bono (February 5, 2014)
  • Workplace Violence Restraining Orders, Speaker, Employment Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 7, 2013)
  • "Bring Your Own Device" Brings Challenges, Co-Author, Daily Journal (July 17, 2013)
  • Getting a Handle on the Alphabet Soup of Employee Leaves Under California Law, Presenter, Multistate Employers in California Summit: Employment Law Essentials for HR Webinar, Business & Legal Resources (July 9, 2013)
  • California Employment Law Update: Dos and Don'ts for Multistate Employers, Presenter, HR Hero Webinar Series, Business & Legal Resources (April 16, 2013)
  • What Wage Practices Put a Target on Your Back For Possible Litigation?, Speaker, Employment Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 8, 2012)
  • Goodwill Hunting: Enforcing Non-Competes in California M&A Transactions, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (September 24, 2012)
  • The NLRB Takes The Position That Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements—Even For Non-Union Employers—Is an Unfair Labor Practice, Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (March 19, 2012)
  • Hot Topics & Quirks in California Employment Law, Speaker, Employment Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (October 2011)
  • Failure to pay wages? Now there's an app for that, Co-Author, Daily Journal (September 15, 2011)
  • EEOC Issues New Disability Regulations, Author, Entrepreneurs' Organization (April 27, 2011)
  • Wage and Hour Litigation: Wage-Hour Class Actions, Speaker, Employment Toolkit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (October 2010)
  • Where Are My Employees Going With My Trade Secrets: Key Considerations for All Corporate Counsel, Speaker, All Aboard! Corporate Counsel CLE, Newport Beach, CA (October 2010)
  • 2008 and 2009 Labor & Employment Law Updates, Speaker, CEB Employment Law Practice: 18th Annual Recent Developments Seminar, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management (2009-2014); Labor and Employment Law (2009-2013)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Edition, Labor & Employment Law (2012)
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Delivery of Pro Bono Legal Services, Orange County Bar Association

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