Christian J. Keeney

Shareholder || Orange County

Mr. Keeney defends employers in all employment law matters, including class and representative actions, discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, and government agency investigations and charges. He does not believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach and will partner with you to customize solutions designed to achieve your objectives.

In client satisfaction surveys, clients have described Mr. Keeney as someone who “works tirelessly,” is “highly responsive,” and is an “excellent resource.”

Since 2013, he has been selected every year as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

Recent notable litigation results include:

  • Obtained unanimous defense verdict on all claims after two-week jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice and an award of all costs to clients in several cases including wrongful termination and breach of contract actions.
  • Obtained full or partial summary judgment in cases involving alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and tort claims such as defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Mr. Keeney also advises clients on developing proactive compliance solutions and litigation avoidance strategies. Recent engagements include:

  • Conducting comprehensive audits of employment policies and procedures for clients, including audits to assess and reduce legal risk, enhance internal employment practices, and improve employment-related documentation.
  • Implementing alternative dispute resolution methods, including arbitration and mediation programs, to minimize legal risk and expense.
  • Preparing or updating employee handbooks.
Learn more about Christian J. Keeney


  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2008
  • B.A., University of Kentucky, 2004

Admittance to Practice

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California

Professional Activities

  • American Staffing Association
  • California Staffing Professionals
  • California Trucking Association
  • Professionals in Human Resources Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar  - "Back to the Future! Managing Return-to-Work Issues " - Las Vegas  - May 1, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - "Be Right Back . . . or Not: Managing California Employee Protected Leaves" - Napa - February 28, 2019
  • California Staffing Professionals - "Legislative Update" - Tustin - February 26, 2019
  • California Staffing Professionals Webinar - "Vital Talks – Protect Your Business From Lawsuits in 2019" - January 24, 2019
  • California Staffing Professionals Annual Conference - "Legal and Legislative Update for 2018" - Rancho Mirage - June 8, 2018
  • California Staffing Professionals Annual Staffing and Recruiting Conference - "Navigating Our Ever-Changing Legal Landscape" - Rancho Mirage - June 8, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - "Surfin' Safari - Riding the Wave of California Wage and Hour Claims" - Costa Mesa - April 12, 2018
  • ACC In-House Counsel Conference - "An Interactive Look at Handling Sexual Harassment Complaints" - Anaheim - January 24, 2018
  • Managing a Workforce in 2018 - "California 2017 Labor and Employment Law Update" - Orange County - October 25, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "New Laws, New Regulations, and Key Issues for 2017" - Costa Mesa - April 5, 2017
  • Profesional in Human Resources Association - "Best Practices for Employee Handbooks" - Pomona - October 2015
  • Professional in Human Resources Association - "Auditing Employee Handbooks and Workplace Policies" - Anaheim - April 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Managing Your Workforce in 2014: Eye on Employment Law" - Costa Mesa - October 15, 2013
  • Irvine Chamber of Commerce - "Overview of and Recent Developments in California Employment Law" - Irvine - March 1, 2013
  • July 1, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "California's Latest Concepcion Exception: Brown v. Superior Court of Santa Clara County"
  • February 13, 2013 - The Association of Corporate Counsel Sports and Entertainment Committee - "Helping Your Guests See and Hear the Hottest Ticket in Town: Accommodation of Guests with Hearing and Vision Impairments Under the ADA"
  • 2008 - University of Florida Journal of Technology Law & Policy - "Kentucky Fried Blog: How the Recent Ejection of a Blogger from the College World Series Raises Novel Questions About the First Amendment, Intellectual Property, and the Intersection of Law and Technology in the 21st Century"
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2013 – present)
  • Moot Court Honors Board (2007 – 2008)

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