Christopher C. Murray

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Chris Murray is an experienced litigator. With a particular focus on labor and employment litigation and counseling, Chris represents management in a broad variety of matters, including:

Individual claims in agency and court actions. Defends clients in administrative proceedings and in federal and state court litigation against claims of age, race, sex, and disability discrimination, wage and hour violations, and retaliation, among others. Has obtained numerous favorable summary judgment rulings in such cases. Prosecutes and defends claims involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other forms of unfair competition.

Appeals. Has briefed cases in state and federal appellate courts, including D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB (with Ron Chapman, Jr.) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Has drafted "friend of the court" briefs on behalf of leading trade organizations in the United States Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Has orally argued cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Class and collective actions.  Defends cases alleged as collective and class actions, including numerous FLSA collective actions and other multi-plaintiff cases.

Administrative Proceedings. Represents employers in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the US Department of Labor, and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, among other agencies.

Mediations and negotiations. Represents employers and corporate clients in formal, court-ordered settlement conferences and mediation programs and in informal, voluntary claim resolution negotiations.

Commercial litigation. Represents corporate clients as plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract actions.

Chris's practice also focuses on counseling employers on substantive employment matters, including:

Terms of Employment. Advises clients regarding compliance with federal, state, and local law, including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, WARN; assists clients in conducting investigations of harassment and employee misconduct; enforces confidentiality agreements and non-compete agreements, and defends related claims.

Policies and practices. Drafts employment contracts and severance agreements, disciplinary notices, employee manuals and handbooks, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and other employment-related documents.

Following law school, Chris served as a law clerk for Judge Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Chris began his career in private practice at a prominent law firm in Chicago. He joined Ogletree's Indianapolis office in 2007. A regular speaker and writer on employment law issues, Chris has been quoted in Employment Law 360 and Inside Counsel magazine.

In 2013, Chris served as Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section. In 2013, he was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to the Board of Directors for Indiana Federal Community Defender, Inc., which provides representation to indigent clients in federal court. Chris is also a member of the Board of Managers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Society.



  • Represented international manufacturer of musical instruments alleging claims against former chief executive officer for interference with client’s business following the termination of his employment agreement and defending breach of contract claims.
  • Represented international automotive parts manufacturer alleging claims of fraud against supplier and seeking declaratory judgment regarding enforceability of commercial contract.
  • Represented national insurance company in action against former high-ranking employee who moved to competitor alleging breach of non-solicitation agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, computer trespass, and related unfair competition claims.
  • Represented provider of commercial HVAC services in action against former employees who started competing company alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, computer trespass, and related unfair competition claims.
  • Represented recycling company in action against former employees who moved to competitor alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of non-competition agreement, and related claims.
  • Represented toy manufacturer in defense of breach of contract action involving sale of goods.
  • Represented medical supply company in defense of claims by former sales representative alleging sex discrimination and sexual harassment claims based on purported disparities in pay and promotion opportunities.
  • Zusy v. International Medical Group, Inc., 500 F.Supp.2d 1087 (S.D. Ind. June 12, 2007): Obtained summary judgment on claims by client’s former general counsel for breach of contract.

Collective and Class Actions

  • Represent national transportation company defending multiple nationwide FLSA collective actions involving 3500 current and former drivers.
  • Represented dialysis provider defending putative statewide collective action in Tennessee.
  • Represented lending institution in defense of putative collective action alleging overtime claims on behalf of call center employees in Indiana, Ohio, and New York.
  • Howard v. Ray's LLC, 2011 WL 4625735 (S.D. Ind. September 30, 2011): Denying plaintiff's motion for class certification and granting summary judgment to client.
  • Carter v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 2009 WL 4790761 (N.D. Ind. 2009): In putative collective and class action, dismissing plaintiffs' breach of contract, Indiana wage statute, and quantum meruit claims as preempted by federal labor law.
  • Murray v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 2009 WL 322241 (C.D. Ill. February 9, 2009): Granting partial summary judgment to client on ground plaintiffs' state-law wage claims were preempted by federal labor law and denying plaintiffs' motion for class certification as moot.


  • Represent client in challenging arbitrator's award of millions in fees to client's former attorneys relating to patent enforcement matters.
  • D.R. Horton, Inc. v. N.L.R.B., 737 F.3d 344 (5th Cir. 2013). Successfully represented D.R. Horton (with Ron Chapman, Jr.) in challenging new NLRB rule banning class and collective action waivers in employment arbitration agreements.
  • NLRB v. Noel Canning, No. 12-1281 (U.S. Supreme Court).  Represented Council on Labor Law Equality (with Hal Coxson) as amicus in case challenging scope of President's authority to make Recess Appointments.
  • Unite Here Local 355 v. Mulhall, No. 12-99 (U.S. Supreme Court). Represented Council on Labor Law Equality (with Hal Coxson) as amicus in case addressing scope of unions' ability to force employers to enter neutrality, card-check, and related agreements under the Labor Management Relations Act.
  • New York New York, LLC v. NLRB, 676 F.3d 193 (D.C. Cir. 2012). Represented the United States Chamber of Commerce (with Hal Coxson) as amicus challenging new NLRB rule governing access of certain non-employees to employer's property for organizing purposes.
  • Griffin v. Sisters of Saint Francis, Inc., 489 F.3d 838 (7th Cir. 2007). Successfully represented client and argued case in which the Seventh Circuit decided as a matter of first impression that a male plaintiff cannot state a claim under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act based on an adverse employment action allegedly taken because of his partner's pregnancy.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Indianapolis Bar Association (Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section)
  • Indiana Federal Community Defender, 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)
  • American Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Eye on Employment Law: Supreme Court Update'' - Indianapolis - October, 2013
  • Advanced Business Law Seminar (ICLEF) - ''Resolving Employee Claims & Termination'' - Indianapolis - November, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Building a Better Handbook: Tips and Tactics To Strengthen Company Policies'' - Indianapolis - October, 2012
  • EEOC Indianapolis Seminar - ''Fair Pay Panel'' - Indianapolis - September, 2012
  • State and Local Government Law (National Business Institute) - ''Labor and Employment Law Current Issues and Answers'' - Indianapolis - June, 2012
  • Legal Issues Involving Local Governments Seminar (National Business Institute) - ''Municipal Employment Relations'' - Indianapolis - December, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Developments in Class/Collective Action Litigation'' - Indianapolis - October, 2011
  • National Business Institute - ''Writing Appellate Briefs And Other Legal Documents For Maximum Impact'' - Indianapolis - August, 2010
  • M. Lee Smith Publishers, Inc. - ''FLSA Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Overtime Compliance Workshop For Employers'' - Indianapolis - May, 2007

Our Insights


Media Quotes

March, 2013 - Law360 - "Private FLSA Deals on Firmer Footing After NY Ruling"
December, 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, 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"

Published Works