Chris M. Mason

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Overview

Mr. Mason counsels employers and management on all aspects of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining and union organizing; restrictive covenants; employment discrimination; sexual harassment; whistleblowing; retaliation; wrongful termination; personnel policies; reductions in force; trade secrets; restrictive covenants; duty of loyalty; drug and alcohol testing; and other state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

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Areas of Focus
  • Business Disputes and Litigation
  • Employment Advice and Training
  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • FLSA / Wage & Hour / Collective Actions
  • Labor and Employment
  • Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets
  • Traditional Labor
Education

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (1999)

  • Order of the Coif

B.A., University of California, Davis (1996)

Biography

Mr. Mason counsels employers and management on all aspects of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining and union organizing; restrictive covenants; employment discrimination; sexual harassment; whistleblowing; retaliation; wrongful termination; personnel policies; reductions in force; trade secrets; restrictive covenants; duty of loyalty; drug and alcohol testing; and other state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

He is also an experienced litigator, representing clients in Arizona, federal, and appellate courts, as well as before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Arizona Civil Rights Division, and the Department of Economic Security.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona (1999)

Court Admission

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Representative Experience

  • After aggressive litigation, we convinced a claimant and her counsel to voluntarily dismiss her claims of alleged discriminatory termination, without any payment to her
  • Advised a client of legal issues concerning transition of workforce in connection with the sale of an operation, valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and assisted in preparing sales contract terms concerning the workforce
  • Defended client against a claim of unfair labor practice termination
  • Secured ruling from federal district court authorizing taking of depositions of the state’s attorneys and ruling that the attorney-client privilege did not apply to their involvement in the investigation of the underlying claims of discrimination. This prompted a quick resolution by the state
  • Defended client against a class action claim alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting
  • Act in connection with criminal employment background checks, and secured a settlement for a nominal amount for the client’s benefit
  • Assisted client in preparing for collective bargaining negotiations, including preparation of facility and handling of possible strike contingency planning, and assisted in the crafting of new collective bargaining provisions
  • Assisted client with the handling of a delicate separation of a key executive, and prepared a comprehensive severance agreement with a release and waiver of all potential claims

Media and Presentations

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Honors and Awards

  • Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the category of Employment & Labor (2012)