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Christine B. Hawes

Phone: +1 202.624.2968
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Christine B. Hawes is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Labor & Employment Group. She is a co-founder of and contributor to Crowell & Moring's whistleblower law blog, Whistleblower Watch.

Christine's practice focuses on litigation of individual and class actions arising in all areas of labor and employment law, including:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act and state law wage-and-hour statutes
  • Title VII and state anti-discrimination laws
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act and related state statutes
  • Federal and state whistleblower statutes, including the False Claims Act
  • Alleged wrongful termination
  • Non-competition agreements and other employee contracts
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets claims

Christine also provides counseling to clients on a wide variety of employment issues, including personnel policies, non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, employee discipline, contract disputes, and alleged retaliation under the False Claims Act, Title VII, the FLSA, and state whistleblower statutes. Additionally, Christine assists clients with affirmative action compliance, preparing affirmative action plans, analyzing compensation practices, and providing counseling in connection with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs audits.

Representative Experience

  • Won six-day JAMS arbitration hearing, defeating former defense contractor employee’s claims of gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation in their entirety
  • Secured summary judgment of former university employee's 35+ race, gender, and age discrimination and retaliation claims in the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal, without settlement, of $25 million complaint alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract against small government contractor and its two employees in the District of Maryland
  • Represented a telecommunications company in litigation and satisfactory settlement of hundreds of individual wage and hour claims nationwide
  • Attained summary judgment in the Eastern District of New York, defeating Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law class action/collective action challenging the independent contractor status of transportation services providers
  • Represented a major automotive parts manufacturer in litigation against former employee in Ohio state court for misappropriation of the company's trade secrets
  • Obtained summary judgment in JAMS arbitration, dismissing plaintiff's claims of discrimination based on national origin and military status against a multinational defense technology company
  • Drafted position statements and successfully received dismissal of charges filed with the EEOC, DOJ, and state-agencies related to allegations of discrimination based on race, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religious beliefs, and retaliation

Christine graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2011, receiving a certificate of specialization in law and business. At Vanderbilt, Christine was a managing editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law and director of membership for the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society.

Christine graduated from Boston College in 2008, earning her B.A. in history and political science.


  • Boston College, B.A. (2008) cum laude
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D. (2011)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland

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"Third Thursday--C&M’s June Labor & Employment Update: Supreme Court Watch 2020," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 25, 2020). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Christine B. Hawes, and Jillian Ambrose.
"Autonomous Vehicle Competitors Resolve Trade Secrets Case Colored by “Staggering” Spoliation," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (May 21, 2020). Authors: Jillian Ambrose and Christine B. Hawes.
"Non-Compete Agreements and Restrictive Covenants During COVID-19," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (April 24, 2020). Authors: Siri Rao, Vincent J. Galluzzo and Christine B. Hawes.
"Webinar Series: Non-Competes, Restrictive Covenants, and Trade Secrets Issues for Government Contractors," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 14, 2020). Presenters: Andrew W. Bagley, Christine B. Hawes, Jillian Ambrose, and M. Yuan Zhou.
"Continued Uncertainty About Employee Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (April 6, 2020). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Thomas P. Gies, Eric Su, Ira M. Saxe, Christine B. Hawes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"What’s Next for Your Employees: Congress Responds with New Rules for Employment and Benefit Programs," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 2, 2020). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, David McFarlane, S. Starling Marshall, and Christine B. Hawes.
"Third Thursday--C&M’s March Labor & Employment Update: COVID-19 Updates for Employers as of March 26," Crowell & Moring Webinar (March 26, 2020). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Rebecca L. Springer, Christine B. Hawes, and Katie Erno.
"President Signs Second Coronavirus Response Package Following Bipartisan Negotiations," Regulatory Alert (March 19, 2020). Contacts: James G. Flood, Tim Shadyac, Trina Fairley Barlow, Thomas P. Gies, Kris D. Meade, Christine B. Hawes, Eric Homsi, Suzanne E. Rode, Matthew Vicinanzo
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Billion Dollar Trade Secret Misappropriation Lawsuit Against Uber to Move Forward," Crowell & Moring's Trade Secrets Trends (March 13, 2020). Authors: Christine B. Hawes and Kimberley Johnson.
"After Motorola Verdict, DTSA Has Extraterritorial Application," Crowell & Moring's Trade Secret Trends (March 12, 2020). Presenters: Christine B. Hawes and Jillian Ambrose.

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