Christine Bestor Townsend

Shareholder || Milwaukee, Chicago

Christine is co-chair of the firm’s Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Practice Group. She is a trusted counselor and experienced litigator on a full range of labor and employment issues. She devotes a substantial amount of her practice to proactively assisting employers in complying with state and federal employment laws, navigating complex leave and accommodation situations, and handling personnel issues. She works closely with employers to create policies and practices that satisfy both the employer’s business needs and the law. In addition, she conducts training and internal investigations on behalf of her clients.

Christine represents employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country, including in the areas of trade secret and noncompetition, wage and hour, employee benefits, and employment discrimination. She has successfully obtained preliminary injunctions in matters related to restrictive covenants and trade secrets.

She began her legal career as a litigator in the intellectual property department of a national firm’s Chicago office. Christine continued her career in the labor and employment group of a firm located in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a frequent speaker and writer on employment matters.

Christine lives in Mequon, Wisconsin with her husband Todd and their children.

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Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • First Stage (Board Member)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa (Former Board Member)
  • Virginia Law Women (President, 2008-2009)


Best Lawyers - Ones to Watch Award

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