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Christopher H. Whelan

Licensed for 38 years

Practice Area: Sexual Harassment, Disability Discrimination, Defamation 5 more areas of practice + 5 more

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Principal at firm Christopher H. Whelan, Inc.

Christopher H. Whelan

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Awards AV Preeminent

About Christopher H. Whelan



Practice:
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 Califo...

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Practice:
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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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/19/11 in Labor and Employment

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/19/11 in Defamation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 12/19/11 in Employment Claims

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/05/11 in Employment Law

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      Credentials

      Position
      Principal
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1978, California
      Additional Payment Information
      Free initial consultation
      Law School Attended
      Hastings College of the Law, University of California
      Class of 1977
      J.D.
      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 (Executive Board Member)
      National Employment Lawyers Association — NELA (Head of NELA’s Sacramento Chapter)
      Capitol City Trial Lawyers — CCTLA (Board Member
      Advocate of the Year, 2000 and 2011)
      Consumer Attorneys of California — CAOC (Nominee, CAOC’s 2012 “Street Figther of the Year”)
      American Board of Trial Advocates — ABOTA (Advocate Level).

      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) (2003) 31 Cal.4th 1026 (landmark decision adopting avoidable consequences defense to FEHA harassment claims)
      Olaes v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co. (2006) 135 Cal.App.4th 1501 (important decision concerning non-applicable of anti-SLAPP statute to employment defamation claim)
      Roby v. McKesson HBOC (2009) 47 Cal.4th 686 (landmark decision regarding disability harassment, discrimination and punitive damages)
      Yong v. CBS (2012) 212 Cal. App. 4th 551.

      Areas of Law

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