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

  • Wage-and-hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Service Contract Act, and state and local laws
  • 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. Christine frequently advises clients on and conducts internal investigations that frequently address employment, ethics, and compliance issues.  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, 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, 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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Mailbag: Can We Ask Employees If They've Been Vaccinated? HR Dive (April 5, 2021)
Media Mentions
Irish Voice Names Crowell & Moring’s Christine Hawes to "Irish Legal 100" List (Feb.08.2021)
Firm News / Announcement
"Eleventh Circuit Holds that a Sincere Belief is not the Same as a Reasonable One Under the False Claims Act’s Retaliation Provision," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 8, 2021). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Preston L. Pugh, Christine B. Hawes, Gabrielle Trujillo
Client Alert / Newsletter
"New OSHA Guidance on COVID-19 in the Workplace," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (January 29, 2021). Contacts: Daniel W. Wolff, Thomas P. Gies, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes, Leland P. Frost
Client Alert / Newsletter
"How To Cope with Increased Whistleblower Complaints," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 22, 2021). Contacts: Preston L. Pugh, Trina Fairley Barlow, Christine B. Hawes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"How To Cope With Increased Whistleblower Complaints," Law360 (January 21, 2021). Authors: Preston L. Pugh, Trina Fairley Barlow, and Christine B. Hawes.
"Virginia Enacts Permanent COVID-19 Employee Health and Safety Requirements," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 15, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Daniel W. Wolff, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes
Client Alert / Newsletter
DV LEAP Names Crowell & Moring’s Trina Fairley Barlow and Christine Hawes as Pro Bono Team of the Year (Oct.16.2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"New York Judge Invalidates Portions of Labor Department Rule Interpreting Paid Leave Permitted Under Federal Families First Legislation," Employee Benefit Plan Review (October 2020). Authors: Eric Su, Thomas P. Gies, Christine B. Hawes, and Katie Erno.
"DOJ Indictment of Chinese Hackers for Break-Ins at 100 Companies Reinforces The Importance of Protecting Trade Secrets and Implementing Security Protections," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (October 1, 2020). Authors: Christine B. Hawes and John Arszulowicz.

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