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602.650.2017
  • Education
    • J.D., University of California-Los Angeles School of Law, 1999, Order of the Coif
    • B.A., University of California-Davis, 1996
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit,
    • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona,

Chris Mason always asks “is there a better way?” Complacency and mediocrity find no refuge in Chris Mason’s legal practice. When clients call, they know that they will receive not only sound legal advice, but also creative and thoughtful counsel. They know that Chris’ 14 years in the courtroom have sharpened his skills to a razor’s edge. It is with those skills that he has devoted his entire legal career to helping employers navigate the confusing and often frustrating jungle of labor and employment regulation and litigation. Chris is a frequent educational speaker and writer on topics critical to employers and remains abreast of legislative, judicial, and administrative trends affecting clients’ business. He has extensive experience in:

  • Representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board in response to ULP charges and for union elections
  • Defending clients against charges of discrimination and violation of other employment laws in a variety of governmental agencies, including the EEOC, DOL, and ACRD
  • Representing clients in court, including at trial, concerning wrongful termination claims, pay practice violations, violations of restrictive covenant agreements, and trade secrets violations
  • Drafting employment policies and handbooks, drug and alcohol testing and background check procedures, and restrictive covenant and trade secret agreements
  • Handling employer counter-campaigns during union organizing
  • After aggressive litigation, we convinced a claimant and her counsel to voluntarily dismiss her claims of alleged discriminatory termination, without any payment to her.
  • Advised client of legal issues concerning transition of workforce in connection with the sale of an operation, valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and assisted in preparing sales contract terms concerning the workforce.
  • Defended client against claim of unfair labor practice termination.
  • Secured ruling from federal district court authorizing taking of depositions of the state's attorneys and ruling that the attorney-client privilege did not apply to their involvement in the investigation of the underlying claims of discrimination. This prompted a quick resolution by the state.
  • Defended client against a class action claim alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act in connection with criminal employment background checks, and secured a settlement for a nominal amount for the client's benefit.
  • Assisted client in preparing for collective bargaining negotiations, including preparation of facility and handling of possible strike contingency planning, and assisted in the crafting of new collective bargaining provisions.
  • Assisted client with handling of a delicate separation of a key executive, and prepared a comprehensive severance agreement with a release and waiver of all potential claims.