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Kris D. Meade

Partner

kmeade@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2854
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Kris D. Meade is co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Labor & Employment Group. He is also a member of the firm's Management Board and Executive Committee. He counsels and represents employers in the full range of employment and traditional labor law matters, including individual and class action lawsuits filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, ERISA, and companion state statutes. Kris represents employers in connection with union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, and unfair labor practice litigation. In 2020, Chambers USA recognized Kris as a leading labor and employment lawyer.

Kris also counsels and represents employers in connection with pay equity and affirmative action compliance matters, including the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' corporate management (or "glass ceiling") reviews and affirmative action compliance audits. He represents and counsels employers in business tort cases, Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation matters, matters involving the protection of trade secrets, and litigation over non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants.

Kris has particular experience in conducting sophisticated statistical analyses in connection with employment class action litigation, compensation audits conducted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and pay equity self-audits conducted by employers to ensure compliance with federal regulations, Title VII, and the Equal Pay Act. He frequently teams with labor economists who serve as consulting or testifying experts in private litigation or government enforcement actions. In addition, Kris has substantial experience in managing and coordinating large-scale discovery in nationwide, serial litigation.

Kris is a member of the firm's Privacy & Data Protection team. In that capacity, he teams with lawyers from our European offices to assist clients with their implementation of global privacy programs, compliance with the "Safe Harbor" scheme administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and compliance with the expanding patchwork of state laws implicating privacy concerns, including state security breach notification laws. Kris regularly advises clients regarding possible cross-border data transfer solutions, including the use of model transborder data flow agreements, Safe Harbor registration, and binding corporate rules, taking into account the client's data flows and corporate structure. He has likewise assisted clients in their efforts to comply with state security breach notification laws, both in the context of actual security breaches and in implementing appropriate pre-breach measures to ensure compliance with those laws that require pre-breach measures.

Kris received a bachelor of arts summa cum laude from the University of Michigan, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School. Kris is also a member of the Advisory Board to the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program's Community Economic Development Project.

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., honors
  • University of Michigan, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Affiliations

Admitted to Practice:  District of Columbia, Maryland

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Chambers USA 2021 Ranks 63 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 30 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S. (May.20.2021)
Firm News / Announcement
"COVID-19 Development – CDC Issues New Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated Individuals," (May 14, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Thomas F. Koegel, Kris D. Meade, Katie Erno, Gabrielle Trujillo
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Labor & Employment," OOPS 2021, Crowell & Moring's 37th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar (May 12, 2021). Presenters: Trina Fairley Barlow, Kris D. Meade, Preston L. Pugh, and Rebecca L. Springer.
Speech/Presentation
"President Biden Signs Executive Order Mandating $15 Minimum Wage for Certain Employees on Certain Federal Contracts," (April 29, 2021). Contacts: Lorraine M. Campos, James G. Flood, Kris D. Meade, Rebecca L. Springer, Jillian Ambrose, Rina M. Gashaw
Client Alert / Newsletter
"New California Law Requires Re-Hiring of Laid-off Hospitality and Business Services Workers for Open Positions Through 2024," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (April 28, 2021). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Kris D. Meade, Ira M. Saxe, Eric Su, Suzanne E. Rode, Kimberley Johnson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"New York State Requires Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Obtain COVID-19 Vaccinations," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (March 18, 2021). Contacts: Kris D. Meade, Trina Fairley Barlow, Thomas P. Gies, Eric Su, Ira M. Saxe, Lynn Hsieh
Client Alert / Newsletter
"D.C.'s New Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Creates Untenable Situation for Employers," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (February 22, 2021). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Natalie O. Ludaway, Kris D. Meade, Rachel Lesser
Client Alert / Newsletter
"DFEH Provides Additional Guidance on California Equal Pay Reporting Requirements and Posts a User Guide for Its Pay Data Reporting Portal," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (February 3, 2021). Contacts: Kris D. Meade, Rebecca L. Springer, Suzanne E. Rode
Client Alert / Newsletter
"DFEH Provides Additional Guidance on California Equal Pay Reporting Requirements," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 12, 2021). Contacts: Kris D. Meade, Rebecca L. Springer, Suzanne E. Rode
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Executive Order Prohibiting Bias Training? Ignore That. DoD Issues Class Deviation to Comply with Nationwide Ban on EO 13950 Provisions.," Government Contracts Bullet Points (January 8, 2021). Contacts: Trina Fairley Barlow, Peter Eyre, Kris D. Meade, Rebecca L. Springer, Monica DiFonzo Sterling
Client Alert / Newsletter

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