Christopher C. Murray
Chris Murray represents management in all manner of employment matters. Mr. Murray helps clients address legal issues arising day-to-day in the workplace, prepares employment policies, and conducts employee training. He defends clients in administrative proceedings, in federal and state court litigation and on appeal against age, race, sex, and disability discrimination, wage and hour, and retaliation claims, among others. He also represents clients in matters involving non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, and unfair competition. He has significant experience defending collective and class action lawsuits.
Following law school, Mr. Murray served as a law clerk for Judge Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Murray has litigated dozens of cases alleging claims of discrimination, retaliation, or underpayment of wages and overtime, among other claims.
In addition, Mr. Murray’s representative collective and class action experience includes:
- For national health care provider, co-lead counsel defending collective action by employees alleging off-the-clock work due to automated meal-break deductions.
- For national student loan lender, co-lead counsel defending putative collective action by call center employees in Indiana, Ohio, and New York alleging overtime claims based on computer boot-up time.
- For national meat processing company, co-counsel defending collective actions by workers in Indiana and Illinois alleging donning-and-doffing claims.
- For county government, lead counsel defending collective action by dispatchers alleging they had been misclassified as employees engaged in law enforcement activities.
- For township government, co-lead counsel in action by emergency medical technicians alleging they had been misclassified as employees engaged in fire protection activities.
- For provider of residential care for youth, co-lead counsel defending putative collective action by employees challenging employer’s automatic deduction of meal periods.
- For national telecommunications company, defended collective actions by call center employees alleging overtime claims based on computer boot-up time.
- For waste removal company, defended putative class action by drivers alleging overtime and unpaid wage claims based on purported off-the-clock work.
Mr. Murray’s representative experience in litigating unfair competition claims includes:
- For national insurance broker, represented client in action against group of former employees who moved to competitor in breach of non-solicitation agreement and who misappropriated confidential information.
- For national manufacturer, represented client in action against group of former employees who started competing company using confidential information misappropriated from client.
- For waste removal company, represented client in action against former employees who moved to competitor and who misappropriated confidential information.
Mr. Murray’s representative appellate experience includes:
- D.R. Horton v. NLRB, Case No. 12-60031 (5th Cir.) (pending) (represent client challenging new NLRB rule banning class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements).
- New York New York, LLC v. NLRB, 676 F.3d 193 (D.C. Cir. 2012) (represented the United States Chamber of Commerce as amicus challenging new NLRB rule governing access of certain non-employees to employer’s property for organizing purposes).
- Griffin v. Sisters of St. Francis, 489 F.3d 838 (7th. Cir. 2007) (successfully represented client in case where Seventh Circuit addressed as a matter of first impression whether a male plaintiff can state a claim under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act based on an adverse employment action allegedly taken because of his partner’s pregnancy).
- Phillips v. City of Bloomington, 869 N.E.2d 1281 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007) (successfully represented client defending wrongful discharge claim).
- Davis v. VanNatta, 438 F.3d 707 (7th Cir. 2006) (pro bono representation of client on constitutional claims relating to criminal trial).
Education and Honors
J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2001
B.A., magna cum laude, Case Western Reserve University, 1993
- Super Lawyers Rising Star (2010, 2011)
- Clerkship, Judge Fred I. Parker, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- Indianapolis Bar Association (Chair, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section)
- Indiana Federal Community Defenders, Inc. (Board of Directors)
- University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society (Board of Managers)
- Penn Law Alumni Club of Indiana (Founding Member)
- North Willow Club Inc. (Board of Directors - homeowners' association)
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Indiana State Bar Association
- Advanced Business Law Seminar (ICLEF) - "Resolving Employee Claims & Termination" - Indianapolis - November 15, 2012
- Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Building a Better Handbook: Tips and Tactics To Strengthen Company Policies" - Indianapolis - October 3, 2012
- EEOC Indianapolis Seminar - "Fair Pay Panel" - Indianapolis - September 5, 2012
- State and Local Government Law (National Business Institute) - "Labor and Employment Law Current Issues and Answers" - Indianapolis - June 14, 2012
- Legal Issues Involving Local Governments Seminar (National Business Institute) - "Municipal Employment Relations" - Indianapolis - December 1, 2011
- Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Developments in Class/Collective Action Litigation" - Indianapolis - October 5, 2011
- National Business Institute - "Writing Appellate Briefs And Other Legal Documents For Maximum Impact" - Indianapolis - August 12, 2010
- M. Lee Smith Publishers, Inc. - "FLSA Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Overtime Compliance Workshop For Employers" - Indianapolis - May 3, 2007
In The News
- March 6, 2013 - - "Private FLSA Deals on Firmer Footing After NY Ruling"
- August 9, 2012 - - "5th Circ. Ruling Paves The Way For Private FLSA Deals"
- January 23, 2012 - - "Case Study: Kellar v. Summit Seating"
- July 1, 2008 - - "Banning Bullies - Court Opens the Door to Workplace Bullying Testimony as Legislatures Ponder Action"
- December 17, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Wage and Hour Blog - "U.S. Supreme Court denies cert in Fifth Circuit Case—The Future for the Enforceability of Private FLSA Settlement Agreements"
- October 20, 2012 - The American Employment Law Council, 20th Annual Conference - "The NLRB’s D.R. Horton Decision: A Case of Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Waivers, and Agency Overreaching"
- August 7, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Wage and Hour Blog - "Fifth Circuit Holds Private FLSA Settlement Agreement Is Enforceable"
- March/April 2011 - The Federal Lawyer - "Back on the Cutting Edge: ‘Donning-And-Doffing’ Litigation Under The Fair Labor Standards Act"
- August 2010 - Writing Appellate Briefs and Other Legal Documents for Maximum Impact (National Business Institute) - "Strategic Legal Memorandum Writing: Getting Your Point Across"
- Fall 2008 - The Update - "A Primer On Workplace Bullying"
- April 2008 - DRI’s For the Defense - "A Primer On Workplace Bullying"
- 2008 - Indiana Employment Law Handbook - Sixth Edition - "Wage And Hour Requirements (Chapter Editor)"
- November 2007 - Indiana Employment Law Letter - "Indiana Casino Employees Challenge FLSA Exempt Status"
- 2007/2010 - ABA/BNA Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise - "Supplements (contributing Editor)"
- August 2006 - Indiana Employment Law Letter - "Court Says Employees Aren’t Owed Additional Pay For Time Spent Carrying Pagers"
- May 2006 - Indiana Employment Law Letter - "Fired Iraqi American Gets To Present His Case To Jury"
- February 2006 - Indiana Employment Law Letter - "Seventh Circuit Hands Victory To Employer In ‘Employee Affinity Group’ Case"
- 2005 - DRI - "Review Of The Proposed Changes To The ABA Civil Discovery Standards"