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Erik J. Christensen defends employers in virtually all aspects of employment disputes before federal and state agencies and courts, including wage-and-hour class and representative PAGA actions. He also handles individual employment claims, including claims of wrongful termination, hostile work environment, discrimination, wage and hour, misclassification, whistle blower/retaliation, and ADA access. Erik has deep experience creating employee handbooks, employer policies, and a variety of other documents and policies. Erik draws his rigor and precision from his service with the Army’s 101st Airborne’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. He has also received several awards for his skill in negotiation and settlement.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Handled summary judgment in a Title III ADA (disability access), including partial recovery of fees and costs.
  • Handled summary judgment in a single-plaintiff sexual harassment and discrimination case.
  • Defended against Plaintiff/Appellant’s appeal of summary judgment in a wage and hour class action.

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Christensen prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Director of Marketing & Communications, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2014-2016
  • 101st Airborne Division, United States Army
    • Judge Advocate General’s Corps. (JAG) - Paralegal NCO
    • Reserve Duty Army, 2005-2007
    • Active Duty Army, 2001-2005
    • Non-MOS combat deployment to Iraq, 2003
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Ming Chin, California Supreme Court, 2014
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Timothy Reardon, California First District Court of Appeal, Division Two, 2013
  • Legal Intern, Los Angeles District Attorneys’ Office, Victim Impact Program, 2012

Recognition & Leadership

  • United States Army
    • Army Achievement Medal, 2006
    • Army Accommodation Medal, 2004
    • Army Good Conduct Medal, 2003
  • Member, Board of Directors, Nevada County Arts Council, 2022-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Veterans Guest House, 2021-Present
  • Resolution Committee Member, Conference of California Bar Associations, 2017-2018
  • Advisor/Mentor, ACP Advisor Network, 2014-2017

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • B.A., University of California at Irvine
    • Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions
  • California
  • District of Columbia