Christopher H. Whelan

Christopher H. Whelan (Gold River, California)

Christopher H. Whelan

Attorney in Gold River, CA


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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Areas of Law

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

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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Position
Principal
Admission Details
Admitted in 1978, California
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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.

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Christopher H. Whelan, Inc.
11246 Gold Express Drive, Suite 100,
Gold River, CA 95670-4425
U.S.A.
Phone
916-635-5577
Fax
916-635-9159
Office Information
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Christopher H. Whelan
Principal
Christopher H. Whelan, Inc.
11246 Gold Express Drive, Suite 100,
Gold River, CA 95670-4425

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