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With a practice focused on management-side employment law, Christie works to find practical solutions to the issues her clients face. She has extensive experience assisting employers in a variety of HR-related matters. These include managing COVID-19 laws and workplace issues, planning and implementing reductions in force, managing employee and executive performance issues, managing high risk employment decisions, drafting confidentiality, noncompetition and executive employment agreements, as well as general preventative advice and counseling.  Employers have come to rely on Christie as a trusted advisor.

Christie is also often called upon to conduct confidential, and often privileged, investigations of alleged executive misconduct, reporting her findings to the client’s board of directors or outside counsel. In this role, she serves as an objective fact-finder, providing all relevant information through a prompt and efficient inquiry which allows the client to better evaluate the appropriate response to a complaint.

When workplace problems arise, Christie understands the issues at stake. These include business goals and legal risks, but also real-world considerations such as a company’s unique work environment. Christie assists companies in evaluating each of these against one another and offers creative solutions tailored to each client’s particular needs.

An experienced litigator, Christie is willing to fight for those she represents. While she always searches for opportunities to timely resolve issues, she is a zealous advocate when the best path forward is the courtroom.

Christie is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law.  When outside the office, she enjoys playing tennis, cooking and spending time with family.

Education

The University of Texas School of Law
J.D., 1995

The University of Texas at Austin
B.S., 1992, summa cum laude

Court Admissions

State Bar of Texas

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Associations/Affiliations

Dallas Women Lawyers Association, 2017-2018 (CLE Co-Chair, 2017-2019; Membership Chair, 2020)

Dallas Bar Association, Employment Law Section (Chair, 2004; Vice-Chair, 2003)

State Bar of Texas, Employment Law Section

Attorneys Serving the Community, Chair, Networking Committee, 2013-2018

Dallas Women’s Foundation, 2017, Grants Committee

Las Colinas Country Club (Board of Governors, 2018-2020; Chair, Membership 2018-2019; Board Chair, 2020)

Honors and Distinctions

Best Lawyers in America – Employment Law Management and Labor Law, 2013-2021

D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas, Labor & Employment Law, 2012, 2015-2020

Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2005-2019

Speeches/Publications

Author, Lawsuit Filed to Halt Dallas’ Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Author, DOL Proposes New Minimum Salary to Qualify for Overtime Exemptions

Ten Things Every Construction Lawyer Needs To Know About Employment Law

Damages In Employment Discrimination & Harassment Cases

Author, The Game of (Workplace) Love

Author, OSHA’s U-Turn: Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing

Author, The Minefield of ‘Comp Time’ and Unauthorized Overtime

Author, Overtime + Commissions = Complicated Math

Author, Hiring Summer Interns? Read This First!

Managing the Difficult Employee

Navigating the Post #MeToo Workplace

Performance Management: Trends, Compliance and Technology

Social Media in the Workplace

Trends in Employment: Pop Culture Crosses Into the Workplace

Controversy Surrounds EEOC’s Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

Reduction in Force Issues

Did You Know? Recent Trends in Employment Law

New Regulations, Recent Court Decision, and Vital Strategies for Managing Your Leave Law Challenges

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