Chris Conti dedicates his practice to providing clients with sophisticated legal solutions in the ever-changing field of labor and employment law. Throughout his career he has vigorously defended unionized and non-unionized employers in a variety of matters, including single-plaintiff wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation lawsuits, complex wage and hour class actions and traditional labor disputes. In addition to his litigation practice, Chris is well-versed in handling labor arbitrations, union organizing drives and unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
During his career, Chris has served as second-chair in two civil trials where he successfully obtained defense verdicts for his clients. He has also first-chaired multiple labor arbitrations and administrative hearings in matters concerning employee discipline, contract disputes and bargaining unit composition.
Before joining Fisher Phillips, Chris was an associate at a national full-service firm and a labor law mid-sized firm. During this time, he gained experience in civil trials, employment and labor arbitration, collective bargaining, union-management relations and public sector law. While attending law school at the University of San Diego, Chris served as an extern for the Honorable John A. Houston, District Court Judge for the Southern District of California.
- Obtained a complete defense verdict in a jury trial regarding claims of racial discrimination, harassment, and constructive discharge.
- Possess substantial experience with union representation cases and organizing campaigns. Recently negotiated election agreement and assisted in successful anti-union campaign at a national grocery chain against the United Food and Commercial Workers.
- Successfully defended causes of action for breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and conversion as second chair in a five-day trial. During trial Mr. Conti successfully argued motions in limine and made closing arguments.
- Secured multiple victories as first chair in labor arbitrations concerning discipline and discharge of public and private employees.
- Prevailed at arbitration in defense of a petition to modify a large county-wide collective bargaining unit filed by the United Food and Commercial Workers.
- Secured a victory as first chair in arbitration involving a challenge to the unilateral modification of healthcare benefits offered by a national industrial corporation.
- Effectively served as lead counsel for a large private client in the City of San Bernardino Chapter 9 Bankruptcy proceeding. During the proceeding, Mr. Conti filed a challenge to the City of San Bernardino’s eligibility for the protections of Chapter 9 along with CalPERS, and ultimately negotiated an amicable resolution for his client.
- Advised a national construction company concerning various union management relations issues arising from mergers and acquisitions during a corporate restructure.
Honors & Leadership
- San Diego County Bar Association
- San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
- The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
- Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter
- University of San Diego School of LawJ.D. 2010
- Gettysburg CollegeB.A. 2004
- 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 Southern District of California