Christopher H. Whelan

Attorney in Gold River, CA

Thirty-five years of practice in California. Thirty-two years specializing in Plaintiff-side employment and defamation trials and litigation. A-V rated for over a decade.

Awards and Recognition: Northern California “Super Lawyer” since 2005; a “Best Lawyer in Sacramento — Labor and Employment Law” since 2006. Top 25 Lawyers of Sacramento 2013; Recognized in 2009 in Daily Journal as one of the Top 10 Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers in California; Best Lawyers in America since 2006; Authored numerous articles of defamation and employment issues; Frequent lecturer on defamation, employment and trial practice for NELA, CELA, CAOC, CCTLA, ABOTA and California State Bar.

Professional Contributions: The defamation section of Wrongful Employment Termination Practice, CEB; participated in creating the California Judicial Council Employment Form Interrogatories; 2013 Contributing Editor to Chapter 5 (Employment Tort Claims), The Rutter Group’s, California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation.

Trial Work: Twelve jury verdicts/judgments in excess of 1 million dollars including: $1.1M Johnson v. EBI (defamation/wrongful Termination); $1.4M Wilson v. Continental Cable (defamation/wrongful termination); $7.5 Boucher v. Foundation Health (defamation); $2.1M Hernandez v. Thasos (defamation); $2.6M Richards v. CH2MHill (verdict and fees) (disability); $4.3M Wallace and Vannucci v. Anheuser Busch (multi-plaintiff/verdict sexual harassment); $1.35M Bebensee v. Accubanc (verdict and fees) (Sex harassment); $2.6M Mullins v. CalFarm (Lab. Code 970); $19M Roby v. McKesson HBOC (disability), one of the top 100 verdicts in US in 2004 and the largest disability discrimination/medical leave verdict in California history; Johnson v. Sears $8.4 ($5.2M verdict, $3.2M fees). This record included three (3) million dollar plus verdicts in one year.

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Areas of Law

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Defamation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Labor and Employment
  • Discrimination
  • Civil Litigation


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Admission Details

Admitted in 1978, California

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  • Law School Attended

    Hastings College of the Law, University of California
    Class of 1977

    University Attended

    University of California at Los Angeles
    Class of 1974
    B.A. in Economics

    Associations & Memberships

    State Bar of California; Sacramento County Bar Association (Past Member, Executive Board, Labor and Employment Section); California Employment Lawyers Association — CELA (Executi... More

    Bar Fellowship

    College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

    Representative Cases

    Krentz v. CIGNA (9th Cir. 1989) 886 F.2d 1177; Page v. Superior Court (3Net) (1995) 31 Cal.App.4th 1206 (manager's liability for harassment); Rains v. Criterion Systems (9th Cir. 1996) 80 F.3d 339; Richards v. CH2M Hill (2001) 26 Cal.4th 798 (landmark continuing violation doctrine decision); State Dept. of Health Services v. Sup. Ct. (McGinnis) (20... More

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    Christopher H. Whelan
     11246 Gold Express Drive, Suite 100,
    Gold River, CA 95670-4425


    Christopher H. Whelan, Inc. (Gold River, California)

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