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Christina M Janice

Senior Counsel

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5224
Fax: (312) 460.7279
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Christina M. Janice is a senior counsel of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department.  Practicing primarily in the firm’s Chicago and New York offices, Ms. Janice is member of the firm’s Complex Employment Discrimination and nationwide Appellate Advocacy teams.  Ms. Janice's litigation practice includes defending public, private and non-profit employers throughout the United States in complex matters; including nationwide and regional employment discrimination class actions, EEOC representative, pattern or practice and hybrid enforcement litigations, wage & hour class and collective actions, high profile executive and single-plaintiff civil rights and employment disputes, and FOIA requests and disputes.  Her breadth of experience includes case investigation and crisis communications, management of fact and expert discovery including statistical evidence, pre-trial and motion proceedings and oral arguments, trials and appeals. 

Ms. Janice’s appellate practice focusses on federal and state court civil appeals, writs and injunctions, administrative appeals from government determinations, and counseling employers and trial counsel on effective appellate strategies.

A former in-house counsel for a multinational S&P 500 Index company, Ms. Janice brings unique insight into optimizing rigorous legal compliance while managing the demands of busy business life cycles.  She negotiates and counsels clients on Department of Labor compliance partnerships and EEOC / state counterpart consent decrees, conducts complex internal investigations.  Ms. Janice also counsels employers on a wide variety of compliance topics; including domestic and international human resources matters, human resources best practices, performance management, executive compensation and severance, and workforce integration, retrenchment and WARN compliance incident to mergers and acquisitions.  Ms. Janice develops and provides EEOC-approved training to compliance officers and executives, in collaboration with Seyfarth Shaw At Work.  She has extensive experience in arbitration, mediation and other forms of early alternative dispute resolution, and in counseling employers on the effective use of these methodologies. 

Ms. Janice has been recognized by clients and peers for excellence in litigation and employment law, and has been recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with an Award of Merit for her work with the United States Marshals Service and legal aid in the recovery of abducted children.

Christina M. Janice is a senior counsel of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department.  Practicing primarily in the firm’s Chicago and New York offices, Ms. Janice is member of the firm’s Complex Employment Discrimination and nationwide Appellate Advocacy teams.  Ms. Janice's litigation practice includes defending public, private and non-profit employers throughout the United States in complex matters; including nationwide and regional employment discrimination class actions, EEOC representative, pattern or practice and hybrid enforcement litigations, wage & hour class and collective actions, high profile executive and single-plaintiff civil rights and employment disputes, and FOIA requests and disputes.  Her breadth of experience includes case investigation and crisis communications, management of fact and expert discovery including statistical evidence, pre-trial and motion proceedings and oral arguments, trials and appeals. 

Ms. Janice’s appellate practice focusses on federal and state court civil appeals, writs and injunctions, administrative appeals from government determinations, and counseling employers and trial counsel on effective appellate strategies.

A former in-house counsel for a multinational S&P 500 Index company, Ms. Janice brings unique insight into optimizing rigorous legal compliance while managing the demands of busy business life cycles.  She negotiates and counsels clients on Department of Labor compliance partnerships and EEOC / state counterpart consent decrees, conducts complex internal investigations.  Ms. Janice also counsels employers on a wide variety of compliance topics; including domestic and international human resources matters, human resources best practices, performance management, executive compensation and severance, and workforce integration, retrenchment and WARN compliance incident to mergers and acquisitions.  Ms. Janice develops and provides EEOC-approved training to compliance officers and executives, in collaboration with Seyfarth Shaw At Work.  She has extensive experience in arbitration, mediation and other forms of early alternative dispute resolution, and in counseling employers on the effective use of these methodologies. 

Ms. Janice has been recognized by clients and peers for excellence in litigation and employment law, and has been recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with an Award of Merit for her work with the United States Marshals Service and legal aid in the recovery of abducted children.

Education

  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1991)

  • B.A., John Carroll University, cum laude (1988)

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Ohio

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Honors

  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 United States (2016)
  • Top Rated Lawyer® for Litigation, Martindale-Hubbell (2015)
  • In-House Award, Labor & Employment Law Team Of The Year, The Legal 500 United States (2014)
  • Award of Merit, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (2009) 

Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago

Representative Engagements

Defense of Class Actions and EEOC - Initiated Litigation
  • Boyle, et.al. v. Sterling Jewelers Inc., No. 08-CV-2875 (U.S. District Court/Southern District of New York) (ongoing representation in class action alleging gender discrimination in pay and promotions)
  • EEOC v. Darden Restaurants, Inc., et al., No. 15-CV-20561 (U.S. District Court / Southern District of Florida) (ongoing representation in disparate treatment and nationwide pattern-or-practice action alleging discrimination in hiring based on age)
  • EEOC v. Jackson National Life Insurance Company, et al., No. 16-cv-02472 (U.S. District Court / District of Colorado) (defense of EEOC representative action alleging race, gender and national origin discrimination and retaliation)
  • EEOC v. Sterling Jewelers Inc., No. 08-CV-706 (U.S. District Court/Western District of New York) (ongoing representation in EEOC pattern or practice case alleging gender discrimination in pay and promotions)
Defense of Complex Wage and Hour Collective Actions
  • Brunner, et al v. Liautaud, et al., No. 14-CV-5509 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of a franchisor against class and collective action claims that use the FLSA and state wage and hour laws to mount a novel attack on the nature of the franchise relationship)
  • Flood, et al. v. Carlson Restaurants, Inc., et al., No. 14-2740 (U.S. District Court / Southern District of New York) (ongoing representation in putative class and collective action involving current and former tipped workers at TGI Friday’s alleging various violations of state and federal tip credit and overtime laws)
  • Lopez, et. al. v. The Talbots, Inc., No. 15- 05080 (U.S. District Court / Northern District of California) (ongoing representation in statewide putative collective action alleging various violations of state overtime and minimum wage laws)
  • Oliver v. RELX, Inc., (No. 18-cv-00127) (U.S. District Court / Southern District of Ohio) (defense of putative collective and class action alleging failure to pay overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act)
  • Thomas v. Papa John’s International, Inc., et al.,  No. 17-cv-00411 (U.S. District Court / Southern District of Ohio) (defense of putative collective action alleging failure to pay minimum wages to drivers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act)
  • Whitmore v. Remedy Temporary Services, Inc., No. 15-cv-02161 (U.S. District Court / District of Arizona) (ongoing representation in statewide putative collective action alleging failure to pay overtime wages violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act)

Presentations

  • “Updated EEOC Guidance On Retaliation,” Clear Law Institute (2017)
  • “EEOC-Initiated Litigation Review,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce (2016)

Publications