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Christine B. Hawes


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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"How to Respond to Whistleblower-Driven Allegations," Responding to Government Investigations: The Latest Developments and Strategies for Government Contractors, Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2022). Speakers: Michael K. Atkinson, Trina Fairly Barlow, Christine. B. Hawes, and Preston L. Pugh.
When Does Military Leave Have to Be Paid? SHRM Online (March 14, 2022)
Press Coverage
"2021 Trade Secrets Year in Review and What Lies Ahead," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (January 25, 2022). Speakers: Astor Heaven, Christine B. Hawes, Raija Horstman and Dalton Hughes.
"Ninth Circuit Reminds Plaintiffs That Trade Secret Misappropriation Damages Without Adequate Proof of Causation Are Not Enough," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (November 9, 2021). Authors: Thomas P. Gies, Kimberley Johnson and Christine B. Hawes.
"EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines and the Workplace," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (November 1, 2021). Contacts: Kris D. Meade, Thomas P. Gies, Eric Su, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"New York State Employers Must Implement Their HERO Act Plans," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (September 21, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Eric Su, Ira M. Saxe, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"President Biden Announces Six-Pronged Plan to Combat COVID-19, With Implications for Both the Private and Public Sector," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (September 10, 2021). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Thomas P. Gies, Eric Su, Daniel W. Wolff, Michelle D. Coleman, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes, Kimberley Johnson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"OSHA Updates COVID-19 Guidance for All Employers," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (August 17, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Daniel W. Wolff, Christine B. Hawes, Katie Erno, Rachel Lesser
Client Alert / Newsletter
"HERO Act Update: New York State Department of Labor," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (July 14, 2021). Contacts: Eric Su, Ira M. Saxe, Thomas P. Gies, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Amendments to the New York State HERO Act Signed into Law," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (June 23, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Ira M. Saxe, Eric Su, Katie Erno, Christine B. Hawes, Jessica S. Nam
Client Alert / Newsletter

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