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Lewis, Christina

Christina L. Lewis

Partner

Christina is the Vice Chair of the Litigation Practice Group, as well as Practice Group Leader for the firm’s Labor & Employment Group. Christina represents employers in practically all facets of their relationships with employees – and has a particularly strong background in employment litigation. Christina has significant hands-on experience with many of the most difficult issues facing employers today – including class action wage and hour cases, non-compete/non-solicitation and trade secret litigation, FMLA and ADA, unfair labor practices, and affirmative action, among others.

Employment Litigation – Christina is a seasoned trial attorney having managed dozens of significant employment cases to successful conclusion. Christina litigates class action wage and hour cases, non-compete and trade secret cases, contractual disputes. She also handles discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination cases nationwide, in both state and federal court, and in state and federal agencies.

Drafting and Employment Counseling – In addition to employment litigation, Christina helps clients negotiate and draft employment agreements, employment policies, affirmative action plans, and separation agreements. Additionally, she provides advice on employment issues including: employee discipline, leaves of absences, terminations, internal investigations, wage and hour compliance, privacy issues, and reductions-in-force.

Seminars and Training – Christina also conducts seminars and training programs on a variety of employment topics, including discrimination prevention, and is a certified trainer in both fair employment practices and sexual harassment prevention by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Vice Chair, Litigation Practice Group
    • Chair, Labor & Employment Practice Group
    • Partner (2011-Present)
    • Associate (2006-2010)
  • Sharpless & Stavola, P.A.
    • Associate (2002-2006)

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Massachusetts (2013-2018)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, "Top Women of the Law" (2015)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston
  • Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
  • Washington Gateway Main Street

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA), Legal & Legislative Committee Member
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts, 2006
  • New Hampshire, 2010
  • North Carolina, 2002
  • Rhode Island, 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • “Legal Updates including Changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act & How They Impact You,” presented to Rhode Island SHRM, August 2016
  • “The New DOL Regulations,” presented to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, August 2016
  • “Top Developments in Employment Law,” presented to Cornerstone Consulting, April 2016
  • “The New NRLB Speedy Election Rules,” presented to Rhode Island SHRM, April 2015
  • “The New Diversity Rules,” presented to the New Hampshire Bankers Association, August 2015
  • “What’s Around the Corner? Enforcement Initiatives for the Coming Year,” presented to Northeast Human Resources Association, April 2013
  • “Social Media and the Law,” ,” presented to Northeast Human Resources Association, February 2013

News & Insight

Publication

FAQs on Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Law

June 17, 2019

On June 20, 2018, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave (PFMLA) into law. Since then, the newly-created Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave published two sets of draft regulations on the PFMLA. In addition, last week Go…

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Memorized client list is "confidential information"

March 14, 2019

Christina L. Lewis provides insight into the importance of the judge's decision in Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC v. Callinan, et al..

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Growing Pains: Employers Grappling with Marijuana in the Workplace

March 7, 2019

2018 was a busy year for the marijuana industry in the Northeast. Vermont legalized recreational marijuana, while Massachusetts saw the opening of the Commonwealth’s first recreational marijuana stores. These developments reflect a pattern as more states…

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An Employer’s 2019 Checklist: Four Essential Actions for Massachusetts Employers

February 1, 2019

2018 was a landmark year for employment law in Massachusetts – and 2019 is already shaping up to be a busy year for human resources teams, employment attorneys, and all of those who are responsible for establishing and communicating workplace policies.Go…

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4 Ways Massachusetts Employment Law Changed in 2018

December 14, 2018

2018 has been a busy year for employment law in Massachusetts, featuring a number of significant legal changes. Before ringing in 2019, take a moment to review four major developments of 2018, which will impact employers and employees next year and beyond.

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Six Things to Know about Massachusetts's Non-Compete Bill

August 8, 2018

On July 31st, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill codifying many aspects of non-compete law which will change how non-compete agreements are enforced throughout the state. The statute, entitled “The Act Relative to the Judicial Enforcement of Non…

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Altar Boys Can Bring Negligent Supervision Claim Against Bishop

March 22, 2018

Hinckley Allen partner Christina L. Lewis was quoted by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Lewis provided her legal point of view on whether in cases like Andrews whether the employer knew or should have known the employee posed a danger to the public but fail…

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Addressing Anti-Harassment in the Workplace in the Wake of the #MeToo Movement

March 14, 2018

Partners Christina L. Lewis and Lisa A. Zaccardelli discuss the best methods of preventing workplace harassment cases and some of the ways in which the intersection of workplace culture and popular opinion shape employer handling of these matters.

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Republican-Controlled NLRB Reverses Obama-Era Rulings

January 3, 2018

In several recent 3-2 decisions, the Republican-controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed several Obama-era decisions and policies, permitting franchisors, other corporations such as McDonald’s, and staffing agencies to breathe a collecti…

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The Department of Labor Seeks Information on White Collar Exemptions

August 1, 2017

7/26/17 - In the latest saga regarding the controversial overtime rule promulgated under the Obama administration, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a request for information (RFI) relating to white collar exemptions.White collar exemptions provide e…

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Federal Court Blocks New Department of Labor Overtime Regulations

November 28, 2016

On November 22, 2016, a federal district court in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the new DOL overtime regulations that were set to take effect on December 1st of this year. And while this fight is far from over, it does effective…

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Pay equity law: what lawyers and employers need to know

August 16, 2016
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New Multi-state Restrictions on Non-compete Clauses for Physicians

August 5, 2016

This law also dictates that any employee or partnership agreement that prevents a physician from treating, advising, consulting, or soliciting a current patient of the employer is unenforceable as of the day the law took effect. The only explicit exception…

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How the "Toughest Job in the World" Helped Me Become a Better Attorney

May 8, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day from Hinckley Allen! To help celebrate this day and what truly is “The World’s Toughest Job”, we asked Partner Christina Lewis, just one of the many working mothers at the firm, about how parenting has impacted her career as an a…

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How the SJC vacancies may shape employment law

March 7, 2016
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Car Dealers Didn't Violate Wage Act

March 2, 2016
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2015 Was a Big Year for the NLRB

December 2, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on lessons learned from some of the key National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rulings of the past year, which was an extremely active one. Perhaps most notably, it ruled in August that California-base…

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Physicians and Employers, Take Note

September 1, 2015
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Diversity Rules for Financial Institutions— The Final Standards and the Implications for Businesses

July 9, 2015

Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act mandated the creation of an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) in each agency covered by Dodd Frank, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit I…

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What the Pao Lawsuit Says About Diversity and Inclusion

June 24, 2015

A closely watched gender discrimination suit came to a close when a jury rejected each of the four claims lodged by Ellen Pao, a former employee at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  Despite the outcome, the case has sparked a nat…

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Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law

June 9, 2015

Employers, take note! Passed by ballot initiative, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (“sick leave law”) becomes effective in less than a month—July 1, 2015. The law provides that all employees, including full-time, part-time, and even temporary …

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Recently Issued Key Decisions Concerning the Commonwealth’s Tips Act and Independent Contractor Statute

June 9, 2015

Two Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) opinions issued last month provide guidance for employers on two important, yet complex, Massachusetts employment statutes: the Tips Act and the independent contractor statute.In Meshna v. Scrivanos (SJC-11618…

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Internship Woes

December 31, 2014

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Retaining Talent With Cryopreservation Benefit Is Risky

November 5, 2014

The recent announcement that Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. will start covering the cost of cryopreservation and egg storage for female employees drew loud praise and sharp criticism. I can understand the reaction of both camps. On the one hand, it feels lik…

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NLRB Takes on the Joint Employer Doctrine

October 14, 2014

On July 29, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) authorized the filing of administrative complaints against McDonald’s USA, LLC (“McDonald’s”), the largest franchisor of restaurants in the United States. According to the NLRB, it has inv…

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Firm News

38 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2018

The Super Lawyers has selected 38 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

Firm News

Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2017

The Super Lawyers has selected 39 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

Case Study

​Defense of company and two employees in trade secret case

The firm successfully defended two former employees of a large electrical company and their new employer in a trade secret, non-disclosure, and non-compete case. The firm’s work created new precedent relating to the inevitable disclosure doctrine. Ne…

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​Defense of employee in non-compete case

Hinckley Allen successfully defeated a motion for an injunction filed by a large staffing company against a former employee who left to work for a competitor. The case involved claims for breach of contract and violation of a non-disclosure agreement.

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​Defeat of Motion for Conditional Class Certification in FLSA class action case

Hinckley Allen successfully defeated a motion for conditional class certification of a class action wage and hour case involving loan processors working for a large financial institution. The Court ruled that plaintiffs failed to satisfy even the lenien…

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​Successful defense of employee in trade secret case

Hinckley Allen successfully defended a former employee of a large medical device company in a motion for an injunction seeking to bar him from working for a new employer. The firm represented the employee in Massachusetts federal court and successfully …

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​Defeat of Class Certification in FLSA and State Wage and Hour Case

Hinckley Allen successfully defeated two motions for class certification in a significant wage and hour case pending in federal court. The firm represented a delivery company in a lawsuit brought by two drivers on behalf of themselves and a putative cl…

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Successful defense of unfair labor practice charge

Hinckley Allen represented a regional construction company in connection with an unfair labor practice charge filed by a former employee. The employee argued that he had been terminated for engaging in protected concerted activity. Hinckley Allen successfu…

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Large-scale reduction-in-force for a real estate firm

Hinckley Allen counseled a prominent Boston real estate firm through a large-scale reduction-in-force. The client closed one of its largest offices in the Boston area, resulting in an office-wide layoff. The labor and employment group counseled the client …

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Defense of company faced with discrimination charges

Hinckley Allen successfully defended a large construction company against several charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In each charge, the complainants sought significant damages for alleged acts of discriminati…

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Successful defense of company in non-compete agreement

Hinckley Allen served as counsel for a regional service provider for construction sites and events. The firm’s client hired an employee who had signed a non-competition agreement with his former employer, a national service provider. The firm successfull…

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Events

Upcoming Event

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar 2019

October 8, 2019

Join us at our Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar. Update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of law. Stay tuned for list of topics and breakout sessions. Registration and Con…

Past Event

Rhode Island Breakfast Series: Labor & Employment

June 19, 2019

Christina L. Lewis and Thomas J. Pagliarini join the New England Business Association to host the Labor & Employment Roundtable, discussing the changing landscape and latest legislation changes affecting Rhode Island businesses and individuals. Learn m…

Past Event

Labor & Employment Seminar 2019

May 22, 2019

Don't miss out on the opportunity to update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of employment & labor law. Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Seminar: 8:30 a.m. -…

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Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar

October 11, 2018

Join us at our Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar. Update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of law. Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Seminar: 8…

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Labor, Employment, & Employee Benefits Law Seminar

May 10, 2018

Don't miss out on the opportunity to update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of employment & labor law. Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Seminar: 8:30 a.m. -…

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Connecticut Labor & Employment Roundtable 2018

January 10, 2018

Join us to discuss the changing landscape and latest legislation changes affecting Connecticut businesses and individuals. Bring your questions for our panelists!MCLE approved. CLE credit will be made available.

Past Event

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar

October 12, 2017

Join us at our Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar. Update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of law.

Past Event

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar

May 4, 2017

Don't miss out on the opportunity to update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of employment & labor law. Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Seminar: 8:30 a.m. -…

Past Event

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar

November 9, 2016

Join us to update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of Labor & Employment law.Click here to register!

Past Event

Labor & Employment Roundtable

June 14, 2016

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") published final regulations changing who is exempt from overtime payments under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").  The regulations will change how 4.2 million workers are classified and will affec…

Past Event

Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law Seminar

May 19, 2016

This seminar is designed to update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of employment & labor law.

Past Event

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar

November 17, 2015

This seminar is designed to update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of employment & labor law. NLRB Updates — the "new" joint employer doctrine, speedy elections, use of employer email…

Past Event

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar

May 21, 2015

This seminar is designed to update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of labor & employment law. Seminar runs from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.CLE credit will be made available.

Past Event

RI SHRM’s 17th Annual Legislative & Employment Law Conference

April 9, 2015

Christina Lewis will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Rhode Island SHRM's 17th Annual Legislative & Employment Law Conference. The conference brings together expert speakers to help Human Resource colleagues navigate the confusing and complex world of…

Past Event

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Law Seminar

November 6, 2014

This seminar is designed to update your knowledge on a number of important issues and recent legislation in the ever-expanding area of labor & employment law.

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Community Activity

Christina is active in several community and professional organizations, including:

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Christina serves on the Board of Directors for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, a non-profit focused on assisting girls realize their full potential through positive mentoring relationships with women. The organization’s mentors serve 2,600 girls throughout Greater Boston (with a concentration in Dorchester and Roxbury), 468 girls in nearby urban towns such as Malden, Somerville and Cambridge, 330 girls on the North Shore (concentrated in Everett, Revere and Lynn), and 164 girls on the South Shore, with a concentration in Quincy. The mission of this organization is to help young girls develop into strong, successful women through close relationships.

Washington Gateway Main Street

Christina served on the Board of Directors for Washington Gateway Main Street from 2008 to 2013, a business development and neighborhood improvement organization in the South End and Lower Roxbury. Washington Gateway is part of Boston’s Main Street program, a program aimed at district revitalization and business development. The organization provides storefront improvement grants, public enhancements, local promotional and fund-raising events such as road races, parades, auctions, multi-cultural festivals and holiday shopping events, all of which are geared toward enhancing the image of the business district. In addition to serving on the board, Christina is also a member of the economic development and promotions committees.

Northeast Human Resource Association

Christina is a member of the Legal and Legislative Committee for the Northeast Human Resources Association, New England’s largest organization for human resource professionals. The Legal and Legislative Committee conducts seminars on emerging legislation and new regulations affecting human resources professionals, including changes in employment laws.

Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston

Christina has served as a volunteer for the Arts and Business Council, an organization that provides legal and business services and ongoing educational programs to the artists and cultural organizations within Massachusetts.