Christian R. White

Counsel

Philadelphia
T +1.215.564.2166
F +1.215.568.3439
New York
T +1.212.589.4229
F +1.212.589.4201

Overview

An experienced labor and employment litigator and advisor, Christian White focuses his practice on the management side of labor and employment law matters for clients, with a concentration in the hospitality industry. As a proactive advocate for clients, he gives practical advice in order to assist in key aspects of employee relations and helps employers avoid disputes before they become larger concerns. Christian analyzes the risks involved in clients’ particular situations, mindful of business practicalities and operational needs, in order to provide efficient and effective counsel. Christian routinely represents management interests before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and federal and state courts, as well as before labor arbitrators and mediators.    

Christian is the Labor and Employment Group coordinator for the Philadelphia office.

Select Experience

  • Successfully negotiated a collective bargaining agreement on behalf of a global hospitality company to meet its economic and operational needs.

  • Oversaw a national wage and hour class action for a hotel company facing claims for non-payment of wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws.

  • Successfully represented a client against claims that its website violated accessibility guidelines pursuant to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Guided healthcare client through first contract negotiations with major healthcare union.

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Experience

  • Successfully negotiated a collective bargaining agreement on behalf of a global hospitality company to meet its economic and operational needs.

  • Oversaw a national wage and hour class action for a hotel company facing claims for non-payment of wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws.

  • Successfully represented a client against claims that its website violated accessibility guidelines pursuant to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Guided healthcare client through first contract negotiations with major healthcare union.

  • Guided a hospitality company through company-wide reduction in force and relocation of corporate headquarters.

  • Counseled a hotel company on labor and employment implications of transitioning from a management relationship to a franchisor/franchisee relationship.

  • Developed and conducted training programs on the full spectrum of labor and employment issues on behalf of clients.

  • Successfully defended a client from a failure to hire claim brought before a state agency.

  • Provided day-to-day labor and employment advice and counsel for a global hospitality company on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including the administration of its collective bargaining agreement, disciplinary actions, requests for leaves of absence, handbooks and other employment-related issues.

Recognitions and Memberships

Prior Positions

  • Accor Business and Leisure North American, Inc. (AccorHotels): Associate General Counsel (2012 to 2017)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Political Science and German, University of Arkansas, 1996