Chris Boman is a partner in the Irvine office. His practice is focused on defending employment related lawsuits and administrative complaints on a variety of issues, including harassment, retaliation, and discrimination, workplace violence, employee discipline and termination, and wage & hour, including prevailing wage issues.
He represents employers in both state and federal court as well as before state and federal agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).
Chris handles multi-party complex and class action litigation, specifically addressing harassment, discrimination, wage & hour, and other labor and employment issues. He has represented clients before the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB) on various issues, including employee vs. independent contractor classification, and before California's Employment Development Department (EDD) with regard to tax assessments and liens.
Additionally, he provides preventive advice to clients on various personnel issues, including employee compensation and benefits, discipline and termination, and the development of preventive policies and procedures to avoid employment claims and litigation.
Chris also provides compliance and liability prevention training, and is a frequent speaker for trade groups and associations as well as private employers. He has been included in Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars since 2005.
- Curtis Hamilton v. Genesis Logistics, Inc. Defeated class certification in a putative wage and hour class action alleging managerial misclassification. Hamilton v. Genesis Logistics, Inc. 2014 WL 4187941 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 22, 2014).
- Doss et al. v. Genesis Logistics, Inc. Obtained voluntary dismissal of Plaintiffs’ putative class and PAGA representative claims at the pleading stage with an aggressive litigation strategy, including early law and motion.
- Rivera, et al. v. Jani-King of California, Inc. Obtained voluntary dismissal of Plaintiffs’ putative class, representative, and individual claims at the pleading stage with an aggressive litigation strategy, including early law and motion and discovery that included an award of sanctions against the putative class representatives and counsel.
- Bolton v. Vortex Industries, Inc. Developed and implemented an aggressive litigation strategy at the pleading stage, including threatened motion to transfer venue, demurrer, and 128.7 motion for sanctions. Following an amendment to complaint, secured dismissal of waiting time penalty claims as well as dismissal of putative class and representative claims.
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Avoiding Costly Wage and Hour Class Action Litigation4.4.17
- Fighting Class Action Trolls: What Business Owners and Service Providers Need to Know about New Realities in Employment Law - Irvine, CA11.14.13
- Willamette University College of LawJ.D. 1998, Order of the Barristers
- Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette UniversityM.B.A. 1998
- University of California, Los AngelesB.A. 1994
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California