Chris is a partner with the firm’s Environmental and Employment Practice Groups.
Chris represents clients in all aspects of environmental law. She represents clients in environmental litigation involving cost recovery claims, CERCLA, Clean Water Act, strict liability, negligence and nuisance causes of action and real estate toxic tort cases. She also advises on compliance issues, representing clients before various government regulatory agencies, including the EPA, DTSC, and the RWQCB.
For clients selling, acquiring or developing contaminated real property, Chris provides legal advice and oversight of environmental issues, including evaluating and directing environmental site investigations and the implementation of remedial action plans, negotiating remediation standards with environmental regulators, and preparing environmental indemnity provisions. She also represents clients in brownfields real estate transactions under the Polanco Act, the California Land Use and Revitalization Act. In addition, she represents parties in obtaining defense and insurance coverage for environmental claims under property and liability insurance policies.
Chris has represented numerous clients defending wrongful termination and employment discrimination cases in all areas, including sex, age, race, disability discrimination, and sexual harassment.
She has also represented clients in administration hearings before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Workers Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) for Labor Code 132a discrimination claims, the Department of Industrial Relations for wage and hour violations, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and Cal OSHA.
Chris has presented a great number of employment law seminars for employer groups including the Northern California Human Resources Council, Oakland Board of Realtors, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and private employers. She has also advised clients regarding personnel practices and the preparation of employment manuals.
In addition, Chris is experienced in alternative dispute resolutions and has received Bar Association of San Francisco Certificates of Completion for training in mediation (40 hours) and arbitration (20 hours).
Represented buyers, sellers and lessors/lessees in negotiating environmental issues in multi-million dollar development projects for commercial, residential and undeveloped sites.
Represented plaintiffs in multi-million dollar cost recovery actions.
Represented defendants in several dry cleaning "perc" cases in the Bay Area and Central Valley.
Represented insureds in seeking insurance coverage – environmental and business litigation.
University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law; J.D. (1982)
University of California, Berkeley; B.S., Business Administration (1979)