Chris R. Pace
Chris Pace has extensive experience in the areas of employment litigation, counseling, and investigation. He represents management in all variety of employment disputes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies with a particular emphasis on representing employers in class and collective action matters. Chris serves on the Firm's Class Action Steering Committee and also manages the firm’s Litigation Support Group, which assists clients with the design and implementation of efficient collection, review and processing methodologies for electronically stored information.
Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Chris served as lead in house employment litigation counsel to a Fortune 50 company where he led a group of professionals tasked with defending domestic and international employment litigation and administrative claims. While in house, Chris directed the defense of scores of class and collective actions, defended hundreds of employment lawsuits and administrative claims, first-chaired scores of arbitrations of labor and employment disputes, prosecuted and defended covenant not to compete matters and advised senior executives and HR personnel on reductions in force, HR policy and other employment issues.
For the last decade, Chris has concentrated his practice on the defense of class and collective actions. He has extensive experience with the defense of FLSA off-the-clock and misclassification cases, age discrimination collective action matters, and Title VII class discrimination and pattern or practice claims. Examples of Chris' recent successes include:
- Denial of national conditional certification of age discrimination claims under the ADEA;
- Denial of conditional certification of putative national class in collective action arbitration;
- Denial of class action certification of off-the-clock claims under various states' laws;
- Denial of state-wide FLSA conditional collective action certification of an off-the-clock claim;
- Decertification of an off-the-clock FLSA action involving 800 employees across the United States and two state law class actions involving more than 3,200 employees;
- Summary judgment in an outside sales FLSA Collective Action misclassification case;
- Summary judgment and win on appeal on Motor Carrier Act FLSA Collective Action exemption case;
- Pre-conditional certification dismissal of collective action claims in off-the-clock case.
Education and Honors
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1995
B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas, 1992
- AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Super Lawyer for Kansas and Missouri (2008)
- Staff Member, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy
- Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award, Professional Responsibility
- Member, National Moot Court Team and Moot Court Counsel
- Dean's Honor Roll
- The Kansas Bar Association
- The Missouri Bar
- Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Use (And Abuse) of Experts in Class and Collective Actions" - New Orleans - May 9, 2013
- Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Certification in Collective and Discrimination Class Actions: The Evolving Standards" - Phoenix - May 10, 2012
- Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The Life Cycle of a Wage & Hour Class/Collective Action" - Chicago - May 11, 2011
- Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "How to Avoid The Court’s Wrath (Emerging Best Practices in E-discovery)" - Las Vegas - May 6, 2010 - May 7, 2010
- Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "What Keeps In House Counsel Up At Night? Panel discussion regarding hot issues in employment law for in-house practitioners" - Kansas City - February 18, 2010
- Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Update on Employment Law, Best Practices in Reductions in Force" - Kansas City - June 2009
- Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "You’ve Conducted a Reduction in Force—Now What? Best practices for preparing for RIF-related litigation" - Kansas City - April 16, 2009
In The News
- November 9, 2010 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - "E-Discovery Preservation Obligations in Class and Collective Actions"
- December 1998 - 4 Kan. Assoc. Def. C. Leg. Letter - "The State of the Joint Defense Privilege in Kansas"
- Winter 1995 - 4 Kan. J. L. Pub. Pol. 79 - "The Role of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Determining Damages for Loss of Earning Capacity in Personal Injury Actions"