People: Christian J. Rowley, Partner

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Christian J. Rowley

Partner

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1001
Fax: (415) 397-8549
Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9795
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Mr. Rowley is the managing partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's San Francisco office, and co-chair of the San Francisco office's Labor & Employment Department.  He represents employers in single plaintiff and collective-action employment matters, including discrimination, wage and hour, sex harassment, and wrongful termination cases, before state and federal courts throughout the United States, FINRA, the EEOC, and various state agencies.  He also advises management in traditional labor matters, including organizing campaigns, labor arbitrations, NLRB cases, and collective bargaining negotiations, and he assists companies in designing, negotiating, and implementing executive employment and separation agreements, compensation structures, reductions-in-force, and human resources policies and procedures.

He is a frequent lecturer at public and private seminars nationwide on labor and employment issues, and is the author or co-author of numerous legal articles, including the introductory chapter in Wrongful Employment Termination Practice (CEB 1997), the premier reference on California’s wrongful termination laws.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Rowley practiced labor and employment law at Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, and at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco, California.  He also served as law clerk to then-Chief Justice Michael D. Zimmerman of the Utah Supreme Court.

Mr. Rowley is the managing partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's San Francisco office, and co-chair of the San Francisco office's Labor & Employment Department.  He represents employers in single plaintiff and collective-action employment matters, including discrimination, wage and hour, sex harassment, and wrongful termination cases, before state and federal courts throughout the United States, FINRA, the EEOC, and various state agencies.  He also advises management in traditional labor matters, including organizing campaigns, labor arbitrations, NLRB cases, and collective bargaining negotiations, and he assists companies in designing, negotiating, and implementing executive employment and separation agreements, compensation structures, reductions-in-force, and human resources policies and procedures.

He is a frequent lecturer at public and private seminars nationwide on labor and employment issues, and is the author or co-author of numerous legal articles, including the introductory chapter in Wrongful Employment Termination Practice (CEB 1997), the premier reference on California’s wrongful termination laws.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Rowley practiced labor and employment law at Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, and at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco, California.  He also served as law clerk to then-Chief Justice Michael D. Zimmerman of the Utah Supreme Court.

Education

  • J.D., University of Utah (1993)
    Order of the Coif
    Editor, Utah Law Review
    National Moot Court Board & Team
    Roger J. Traynor Moot Court Competition (1993)
    William H. Leary Scholar
    Legal Writing & Research Teaching Assistant
  • B.S., University of Utah (1990)

Admissions

  • California
  • Utah (Inactive)
  • Massachusetts

Publications

  • Chapter Author, “Chapter 1 - An Overview of Wage/Hour Litigation and its Defense,” Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012). Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation.

Accolades

  • Recognized as a leading lawyer for Labor and Employment in California in the 2009 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, which was described him as having “a rising profile for contentious employment matters and traditional labor work.”