Christiana L. SignsShareholder email@example.com
Ms. Signs defends employers in complex employment matters throughout the country, focusing primarily on class and collective wage and hour and background check litigation and arbitration. She has litigated a wide range of employment claims including overtime claims, independent contractor misclassification claims, and Fair Credit Reporting Act claims. Ms. Signs also has experience pursuing appellate issues related to class and collective action employment litigation, having co-authored several principle and amicus briefs in cutting-edge appeals. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Signs routinely advises employers on an array of labor and employment compliance matters, including Fair Credit Reporting Act and state background check issues; best practices vis-à-vis employment dispute resolution programs; and drafting, enforcing, and negotiating restrictive covenants. Additionally, she has the honor of serving as co-liaison for pro bono activities at Greenberg Traurig’s Philadelphia office.
- Represented health care company in multiple putative wage and hour class actions in California, culminating in approval of a class settlement now the subject of three appeals before the Ninth Circuit raising novel issues regarding standing and the right to appeal.
- Defended national transportation and logistics company in a series of wage and hour lawsuits alleging independent contractor misclassification.
- Defended multiple employers in various industries, from technology to retail to food, in mass individual arbitrations and in class arbitration proceedings.
- Obtained summary judgment on named plaintiffs’ claims in multiple putative nationwide Fair Credit Reporting Act class actions, thereby preventing class certification.
- Defeated class certification in multiple putative wage-and-hour class actions.
- Obtained summary judgment in employer’s favor in disability discrimination and whistleblower lawsuit.
- Assisted with First Circuit appeal that addressed cutting edge issue of first impression concerning when a defendant may timely remove a case to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act.
- Successfully moved to compel arbitration in multiple putative class and collective actions.
- Defended against unfair labor practice charge related to arbitration agreement with class action waiver provision.
- Drafted company policies and counseled employers regarding Fair Credit Reporting Act and state background check law compliance.
Recognition & Leadership
- Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2021-2022
- Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2017-2022
- Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2013
- Recipient, "Pro Bono Certificate of Appreciation," United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2013
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- Trustee, Moran-Olsson Exoneration Support Charitable Trust
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
- Volunteer, Pardon Project, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, 2021-Present
J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 2012
- Editor-in-Chief, Michigan Journal of Race & Law, 2011-2012
- B.S., Northwestern University, 2009
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit