Christine Bestor Townsend

Of Counsel || Milwaukee

Christine 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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  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2009
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Marquette University, 2006

Admittance to Practice

  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional Activities

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


  • HRNAI - "The Legal Landscape: Navigating the Hiring Process" - Mason City - November 13, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2019 - "Reality HR: How To Untangle The Multiple Strands And Maintain Control Of Reasonable Accommodation Requests" - Kohler - September 21, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2019 - "Top 10 FMLA Mistakes" - Kohler - September 20, 2018
  • FHRA - "Gender Transition in the Workplace" - Waukesha - September 11, 2018
  • Private Client Training - "Respectful Workplace: Anti-Harassment Training" - June 6, 2018
  • Private Client Training - "Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era" - May 17, 2018
  • Private Client Training - "Harassment, Discrimination, and Leaves" - May 2, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "The Laws Have Not Necessarily Changed, But Perhaps Society Has: What To Do Post #MeToo" - Brookfield and Madison - April 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Beware the Trap: Covenants Not to Compete in Wisconsin" - March 15, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel Ethics" Briefing - "What Hat Are You Wearing? Attorney—Client Privilege" - Waukesha - January 17, 2018
  • April 22, 2019 - Law360 - "Politics Looms As High Court Agrees To Weigh LGBT Rights"
  • Rising Star – Iowa Super Lawyers (2014, 2015)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017-2018)

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