Chris Williams handles a broad range of matters as a member of Venable's Labor and Employment group. His practice includes litigation and counseling on behalf of employers in the construction, mining, education, healthcare, hospitality, nonprofit, and retail sectors. Mr. Williams has experience with labor issues arising from the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, multiemployer pension plans, and unfair labor practice charges.
He also advises clients on the development and implementation of employment policies, handbooks, and employment agreements. Specifically, Mr. Williams’ employment experience includes constructing severance agreements and exit incentive programs, conducting due diligence in corporate mergers and acquisitions, and advising clients on compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Drafted initial and reply briefs that secured summary judgment against multiemployer pension plan in withdrawal liability arbitration.
- Prepared position statement for mining industry client that secured dismissal of unfair labor practice charge before the National Labor Relations Board.
- Assisted in the successful defeat of two petitions for representation election for construction industry client before the National Labor Relations Board.
- Advised large mining company on labor relations matters, including the negotiation and maintenance of a collective bargaining agreement.
- Conducted employment-related due diligence in acquisition of Silicon Valley–based technology company.
- Drafted position statement for government contractor in disability discrimination charge before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission resulting in a finding of no discrimination.
While in law school, Mr. Williams was an editor for the University of Richmond Law Review
and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert E. Payne of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Williams worked in the human resources industry as an executive recruiter.