Christopher C. Murray

Shareholder Indianapolis

Chris Murray assists employers in addressing a wide variety of employment issues.  He helps companies and other organizations understand what the law requires. He collaborates with clients to develop policies and procedures that comply with the law and achieve practical results. He works closely with management in handling day-to-day employment and personnel matters. And he represents clients in litigation and administrative proceedings.

Chris’s litigation experience ranges from defending employers in single-plaintiff cases before administrative agencies like the EEOC or in court to handling nationwide class and collective actions with thousands of participants. He also has extensive experience in helping employers protect their confidential and trade secret information.  He aids clients in effectively enforcing their confidentiality and non-competition agreements and recovering documents and data that have been misappropriated.

Chris has substantial appellate experience, including in cases raising novel questions. For example, Chris and his colleague Ron Chapman Jr. successfully persuaded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the National Labor Relations Board’s new rule banning class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements in a widely influential decision. 

Chris also represents clients challenging government regulations. In 2016, for example, Chris and his colleague Jeff Londa obtained a nationwide injunction barring the United States government from implementing the Department of Labor’s new “Persuader Rule,” which, if it had become effective, would have dramatically reduced employers’ access to legal advice in responding to union organizing.

Following law school, Chris served as a law clerk for Judge Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Chris began his career in private practice at a prominent law firm in Chicago. He joined Ogletree's Indianapolis office in 2007. A regular speaker and writer on employment law issues, Chris has been quoted in Employment Law 360 and Inside Counsel magazine.

In 2013, Chris served as Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section. He was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to the Board of Directors for Indiana Federal Community Defender, Inc., which provides representation to indigent clients in federal court. Chris is also a member of the Board of Managers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Society.


Experience

Chris advises employers of all sizes and in a wide range of industries. In addition, his litigation experience on behalf of companies and other clients includes:

  • NFIB et al. v. Perez et al., 2016 WL 3766121 (N.D. Tex. June 27, 2016): Obtained nationwide injunction barring U.S. Department of Labor from enforcing its new “Persuader” Rule.
  • Adams v. ArvinMeritor, Inc., 60 N.E.3d 1022 (Ind. 2016): Successfully represented employer before Indiana Supreme Court, obtaining dismissal of plaintiff’s alleged class action claim.
  • Separators, Inc. v. Carmichael et al., No. 41D04-1509-PL-000091 (Johnson Cty Super. Ct., Ind.): Obtained default judgment as sanction for destruction of evidence and contempt against former employees and their new company in action by employer seeking recovery of confidential and proprietary data.
  • Patterson v. Raymours Furniture Co., Inc., 659 F. App’x 40 (2d Cir. Sept. 14, 2016): Persuaded Second Circuit Court of Appeals to reject NLRB’s new rule banning class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements. 
  • Stein v. hhgregg, Inc., No. 1:15-CV-396, 2016 WL 1222407 (S.D. Ohio Mar. 29, 2016): Obtained dismissal of alleged companywide FLSA collective action.
  • Stepp v. Rexnord Indus., Inc., No. 1:13-CV-00683-TWP, 2014 WL 6978329 (S.D. Ind. Dec. 9, 2014): Obtained summary judgment on single plaintiff’s race discrimination claim.
  • D.R. Horton, Inc. v. N.L.R.B., 737 F.3d 344 (5th Cir. 2013). Successfully represented D.R. Horton in challenging new NLRB rule banning class and collective action waivers in employment arbitration agreements.
  • Rutland v. Target Corp., No. 1:12-CV-189-WTL-DML, 2013 WL 6189232 (S.D. Ind. Nov. 26, 2013): Obtained summary judgment on single plaintiff’s various discrimination and retaliation claims.
  • Carter v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 2009 WL 4790761 (N.D. Ind. 2009): In putative collective and class action, dismissing plaintiffs' breach of contract, Indiana wage statute, and quantum meruit claims as preempted by federal labor law.
  • Griffin v. Sisters of Saint Francis, Inc., 489 F.3d 838 (7th Cir. 2007). Persuaded Seventh Circuit as a matter of first impression that a male plaintiff cannot state a claim under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act based on an adverse employment action allegedly taken because of his partner’s pregnancy.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Indiana Federal Community Defender, Inc. (Board of Directors)
  • University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society (Board of Managers)
  • Penn Law Alumni Club of Indiana (Founding Member)
  • American Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Avoiding Employers' Number 1 Risk - Retaliation Claims'' - Indianapolis - September 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''2015 Legal Review and 2016 Preview'' - Indianapolis - October 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Eye on Employment Law: Supreme Court Update'' - Indianapolis - October 10, 2013
  • Advanced Business Law Seminar (ICLEF) - ''Resolving Employee Claims & Termination'' - Indianapolis - November 15, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Building a Better Handbook: Tips and Tactics To Strengthen Company Policies'' - Indianapolis - October 03, 2012
  • EEOC Indianapolis Seminar - ''Fair Pay Panel'' - Indianapolis - September 05, 2012
  • State and Local Government Law (National Business Institute) - ''Labor and Employment Law Current Issues and Answers'' - Indianapolis - June 14, 2012
  • Legal Issues Involving Local Governments Seminar (National Business Institute) - ''Municipal Employment Relations'' - Indianapolis - December 01, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Developments in Class/Collective Action Litigation'' - Indianapolis - October 05, 2011
  • National Business Institute - ''Writing Appellate Briefs And Other Legal Documents For Maximum Impact'' - Indianapolis - August 12, 2010
  • M. Lee Smith Publishers, Inc. - ''FLSA Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Overtime Compliance Workshop For Employers'' - Indianapolis - May 03, 2007

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March 06, 2013 - Law360 - "Private FLSA Deals on Firmer Footing After NY Ruling"
August 09, 2012 - Law360 - "5th Circ. Ruling Paves The Way For Private FLSA Deals"
January 23, 2012 - Law360 - "Case Study: Kellar v. Summit Seating"

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