Christopher Johnson truly appreciates each client’s need to manage risk and he works tirelessly to arm them with the information necessary to assess their potential exposure. His litigation practice is primarily dedicated to trial work; however, Chris partners with companies and individuals to identify the most advantageous resolution —whether a negotiated settlement or victory at trial.

Chris focuses his practice on employment law, defending employers against allegations of sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and discrimination claims based on age, race, disability, religion, and gender filed with administrative agencies and state and federal courts. He also represents employers and employees in contract disputes involving non-compete and non-solicitation covenants.

Chris' experience includes: 
  • Defending numerous small businesses, municipal police departments, and national health care clients against charges of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state and local human rights commissions.
  • Representing employers in discrimination lawsuits based on claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and various state and local anti-discrimination laws.
  • Litigating contract disputes, including non-competition and non-solicitation restrictions, and the damages resulting from breaches of contract and fiduciary duties.
  • Counseling and defending employers on wage and hour issues in various industries relating to compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Prevailed on Summary Judgment on behalf of a national health insurance company, against former sales agents/managers claiming breach of contract for unpaid commissions in excess of $5 million.
  • Achieved vindication for employer on wrongful termination claims at arbitration against employee terminated for cause. 
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for an auto dealer client, exposed to catastrophic damages, in a class action suit involving several hundred purchasers with viable claims under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, and statutory damages and penalties under the Uniform Commercial Code.
  • Obtained a defense verdict at a jury trial successfully defending a local hospital against an employee who was injured at work and, following treatment at the hospital, filed a multi-million dollar medical malpractice claim alleging hypoxic brain injury. 
  • Successfully enforced agreements providing for arbitration and forum selection on behalf of signatories, as well as non-signatories to agreement, each sued on a variety of contract and tort theories.

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Polsinelli at Work Blog
November 3, 2017
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January 19, 2017
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September 8, 2016
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Polsinelli at Work Blog
June 9, 2016
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November 30, 2015
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July 28, 2015
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Medical Records Law, HIPAA and Electronic Discovery
Presentation at Lorman Education Seminar
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Once You Enter This Family There's No Getting Out: Ethical Considerations of Representing Family Owned Businesses
75 UMKC L. Rev. 1085
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