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Walter W. Christy

Senior Counsel, New Orleans
New Orleans
t: 504.529.3831
f: 504.529.3850

Overview

Walter Christy is senior counsel in the firm’s New Orleans office.

He focuses on the representation of management in labor and employment matters, including the areas of employment discrimination, state and federal employment claims against employers, employee relations, contract negotiations, arbitration, OSHA, wage and hour cases, the development and implementation of drug and contraband control programs, government contractor obligations, as well as practice before the National Labor Relations Board. He has had extensive experience in defending companies in class action discrimination cases and was chief counsel in the case of Allison v. CITGO Petroleum Corp., 151 F.3d 402 (5th Cir. 1998) which affirmed the district court’s denial of class certification and is considered by many to be the seminal case on post-1991 Civil Rights Act class actions.

Walter’s labor and employment experience covers numerous industries including construction, the offshore oil patch, inland river transportation, banking, healthcare, retail sales, manufacturing, oil and chemical refining, retail foods, among others. Several of his clients are national in scope and include Fortune 500 companies. His experience includes the successful representation of employers in numerous judge and jury trials in federal and state courts in cases involving employment discrimination, wage and hour violations, denial of benefits and state law claims around the country.

He has provided ongoing advice and assistance to corporate management concerning a myriad of employment issues, such as advising the Board of Directors of a major bank regarding the handling of a potential sexual harassment claim involving the bank’s CEO and advising a major oil company on corporate reorganization and downsizing.

Walter also has experience in the area of maritime law and has continued that practice with Fisher Phillips. His experience includes the defense of suits under the Jones Act and general maritime law, and seamen’s retaliation claims, among others.

Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, he was a partner in the firm of Coats Rose where he practiced as a litigator in state and federal courts around the country, including several of the federal courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to the practice of law, Walter also served in the U.S. Army Reserve, as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Walter was inducted as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. An attorney with this distinction has proven to his or her peers, the bar, bench, and public that he or she possesses the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership. 

Walter was listed in Chambers USA in 2018 for Louisiana Labor & Employment attorneys. Chambers made the following comment concerning Walter’s work:

 “Walter Christy is particularly noted for defending employers in single-plaintiff and class action discrimination suits and is described as ‘a fantastic litigator.’  His expertise covers wage and hour claims, OSHA and contract negotiations.”

He is married to Carolyn Elder and has three daughters. He is also an avid tennis player and history buff.

Experience

Reported Cases

  • Great Atlantic & Pac. Tea Co., Inc. v. Cottrell., 424 U.S. 366, 96 S.Ct. 923. 47 L.Ed.2d 55., U.S.Miss., February 25, 1976
  • Lawler v. QuikTrip Corp., 172 Fed.Appx. 873, 2006 WI. 787797, 32 NDLR P 79., C.A.10 (Okla.) March 29, 2006
  • Celestine v. Petroleos De Venezuela SA., 108 Fed.Appx. 180, 2004 WL 194 1739., C.A. 5 (La.), September 01, 2004
  • Celestine v. Petroleos de Venezuella S.A., 266 F 3d 343, 2001 WL 1090522, 86 Fair Empl.Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1462, 81 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 40,799, 50 Fed.R.Serv.3d 1420, C.A.5 (La.) September 18, 2001
  • Allison v. Citgo Petroleum Corp., 151 F 3d 402 1998 WL 483970 81 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 501.73 Empl.Prac.Dec. P 45,426.. C.A.5(La.) 1998
  • Allison v. Citgo Petroleum Corp.,– F.3d —, 1998 WL 244989, 76 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 1643, 73 Empl.Prac.Dec. P45,398, 41 Fed.R.Serv.3d 753., CA.5 (La.), May 15, 1998
  • Alldread V. City of Grenada., 988 F.2d 1425, 1993 WL 106516, 125 Lab.Cas. P 35,803, 25 Fed.R.Serv.3d 786, 51 A.L.R.5th 879, 1 Wage & Hour Cas.2d (BNA) 629., C.A.5 (Miss), April 27, 1993
  • Seal v. Knorpp., 957 F.2d 1230, 1992 WL62452, C.A.5 (La.). March 31. 1992
  • In re Sewell., 690 F.2d 403, 111 L.R.R.M. (BNA) 2473, 95 Lab.Cas. P 13,801,. C.A.4, September 29, 1982
  • Harrell v. Northern Elec. Co., Div. of Sunbeam Corp., 679 F.2d 31, 29 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 913, 29 Empl.Prac.Dec. P32,842., C.A.5 (Miss.). June 21, 1982
  • Donovan, Secretary of Labor v. Nichols., 646 F.2d 190, 9 O.S.H. Cas. (BNA) 1818, 1981 O.S.H.D. (CCH) P 25,428., C.A.5 (Tex.), May 28, 1981
  • Shepard v. Beaird-Poulan, Inc., 638 F.2d 909, 31 Fed.R.Serv.2d 100., C.A.5 (La.) March 02, 1981
  • Coleman v. Sanderson Farms. Inc., 629 F.2d 1077, 24 Wage & Hour Cas. (BNA) 1063, 90 Lab.Cas. P 33,960., C.A.5 (Miss.). November 05, 1980
  • Clinton v. Ingram Corp., 455 F.2d 741 1972 A.M.C. 1019., C.A.5 (Miss.), January 10, 1972
  • E.E.O.C. v. Autozone, Inc., Slip Copy, 2006 WL 2524093, W.D.Tenn.. August 29, 2006
  • Davis v. Autozoners, Inc., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2006 WL 533403., N.D.Okla. March 03, 2006
  • E.E.O.C. v. AutoZone, Inc., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2005 WL 3591641., WD.Tenn., December 29, 2005
  • Marler v. AutoZone Inc., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2005 WL 3307298., E.D.Mo,. December 06, 2005
  • Griffin v. Autozone, Inc., Not Reported in F.Supp 2d 2003 WL 1139873, W.D.Mich., February 07,2003
  • Mendonca v. Tidewater, Inc., 159 F.Supp.2d 299, 2001 WL 345339., E.D.La ..April 09, 2001
  • Harris v. Delchamps, Inc., 5 F.Supp.2d 1316, 1998 WL 262571, 78 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 785,. M.D.Ala., May 26, 1998
  • United Food & Commercial Workers Union. Local 1529, AFL-CIO-CLC v. Delta Catfish Processors, Inc., 767 F Supp 798 1991 WL 135933, 120 Lab.Cas. P 10,962., N.D.Miss., July 23, 1991
  • Donovan v, Flowers Marine, Inc., 545 F.Supp. 991, 25 Wage & Hour Cas. (BNA) 983, 95 Lab.Cas. P 34,304., E.D.La. August 17, 1982
  • Mendonca v. Tidewater Inc., 933 So.2d 233. 2006 WL 1752592, 2005-1166 (La.App. 4 Cir. 5/31/06)La. App. 4 Cir. May 31, 2006
  • Mendonca v. Tidewater Inc., 862 So.2d 505, 2003 WL 22999503 2003-1015 (La App. 4 Cir. 12/17/03)., La.App. 4 Cir., December 17, 2003
  • Tumbs v. Wemco, Inc., 714 So.2d 761, 1998 WL 256696, 1997-2437 (La.App. 4 Cir. 4/22/98)., La.App. 4 Cir., April 22, 1998
  • Vallery v. Southern Baptist Hosp., 630 So.2d 861, 1993 WL 539839., La.App. 4 Cir. December 30, 1993
  • State v. Ketchens., 552 So.2d 485, 1989 WL 126191., La.App. 4 Cir., October 24. 1989
  • Louisiana Teachers Ass’n v. Orleans Parish School Bd., 303 So 2d 564, 88 L.R.R.M. (BNA 2419, 76 Lab.Cas. P 53,602., La.App. 4 Cir., November 08, 1974
  • Whiteman v. Worley., 688 So.2d 207, 1997 WI. 70853, 96-0305 (La.App. 4 Cir. 2/19/97), La.App. 4 Cir., February 19, 1997
  • ODECO Oil &. Gas Co. v. Nunez., 532 So.2d 453 1988 WI 108674., La.App., 1 Cir., October 12, 1988

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Listing in Best Lawyers in America in 2019
  • 2018 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year - New Orleans - Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Superlawyers - 2018
  • Top Ranked USA Chambers 2016 and 2018
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer (2007-2012)
  • Honors: Moot Court Board (Tulane)

Professional Activities

  • Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Instructor, Labor & Employment Law - Construction Executive Program, University of Texas (2006)
  • Instructor, Labor & Employment Law - Construction Executive Program, Texas A&M University (1993-1995)

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