The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012
Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2013
Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report
Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)
Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012)
Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey
Listed in the highest tier for National ERISA Litigation Practice in Chambers USA 2013
Ranked in Tier 1 for ERISA Litigation by The U.S. Legal 500 (2013)
honors + affiliations
Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Rated
Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Employee Benefits Committee
Member, District of Columbia Bar, Labor and Employment Section
Pro Bono Labor Counsel, District of Columbia Bar
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- U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan
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Christopher A. Weals is senior counsel in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice, specializing in employee benefits litigation. Mr. Weals has focused his practice on complex employment and benefits litigation for 20 years. He has represented employers in numerous class-action and multi-plaintiff suits involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, denial of benefits, discrimination and wage and hour law violations. He has also defended companies facing EEOC pattern and practice suits.
In 2006, Mr. Weals successfully defended US Airways in the first post-Enron "stock drop" case to go to trial. DiFelice v. US Airways, Inc., 436 F. Supp. 2d 756 (E.D. Va 2006). The US Airways case was named to the National Law Journal's "Defense Hot List" for 2006.
Mr. Weals has published various articles on employment related issues, including several articles on employee privacy, and has spoken to variety of organizations, including the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Bar Association and the Washington Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Association.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Weals was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of a prominent nationwide firm. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Denison University.
Mr. Weals is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Northwestern University School of Law, 1985, J.D., Cum Laude
- Denison University, 1982, B.A., Magna Cum Laude