Chris is an associate at Starnes Davis Florie. Chris represents both public and private employers in state court, federal court, and before administrative agencies. Chris handles litigation primarily in the areas of labor and employment, business litigation, and governmental torts.
His labor and employment practice consists of representing both public and private employers in litigation involving claims under Title VII (discrimination and harassment), Section 1981, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as state common law claims.
His governmental torts practice involves representing public entities and officials in matters ranging from alleged constitutional torts- such as due process violations or excessive force claims- to Open Records Act actions and negligence claims.
* Obtained complete dismissal of behalf of nursing home in a case alleging claims of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation in violation of Title VII.
* Obtained complete dismissal on behalf of railroad materials manufacturer in a case arising out of former employee’s claim she was terminated in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment.
* Obtained complete dismissal on behalf of national rent-to-own retail chain in case arising out of customer’s claims alleging violations of the ADA.
* Obtained summary judgment and complete dismissal for police officer and municipality in civil rights action brought pursuant to § 1983, where plaintiff claimed constitutional violations arising from her arrest at a water park.
* Obtained complete dismissal from the Circuit Court of Jefferson County-Bessemer Division for municipality and its police detective in a case arising out of a citizen’s claim that he was wrongfully arrested and prosecuted as a result of mistaken identity.
* Obtained complete dismissal of police officer in case alleging false imprisonment and assault and battery.
* Obtained judgment in favor of municipality in preliminary injunction/TRO action arising out of municipality’s award of contract for wrecker services.
* Represented employer in union election.
* Advised client on strategy to respond to union activity.
* Represented numerous employers in responding to EEOC charges of discrimination.
* Advised client regarding implementation of practices to avoid threat of workplace violence.
* Drafted proposed legislation for municipality regarding employee wellness program incentives and advised municipality regarding the same.
* Represented employers in response to wage and hour investigations by the Department of Labor.
* Advised client regarding liability issues arising out of sale of allegedly defective materials used in the construction industry.
Honors And Awards
Chris graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law. While attending law school, he received the M. Leigh Harrison Award and served as an Editor of the Alabama Law Review and member of the Campbell Moot Court Board. Chris was also a member of the Intellectual Property Moot Court team, which won first place and the award for best oralists in the Southern Regional of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.
Chris graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration in the concentration of Finance-Investment Management. At Alabama, he was a Presidential Scholar, was chosen as a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board honor societies, received the Junior and Senior Faculty Excellence Awards in Finance, and was elected Vice President for Financial Affairs of the Student Government Association.
Speeches And Publications
* "Drafting and Issuing Discovery Subpoenas: Alabama," Christian Hines, Chris Vinson & Michael Lasserre, Starnes Davis Florie, LLP, with Practical Law Litigation (2015)