Christiana L. Signs

Christiana L. Signs

Associate

Ms. Signs’ practice concerns complex employment matters, focusing primarily on class and collective wage and hour, discrimination and Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation. She has experience pursuing appellate issues related to employment-related class and collective action litigation, having co-authored several principle and amicus briefs in cutting edge class action employment cases. In addition to her class action practice, Ms. Signs routinely advises employers on labor and employment compliance issues, best practices vis-à-vis employment dispute resolution programs and drafting and enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment on named plaintiff’s claim in well-publicized putative nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective action, thereby preventing nationwide notice.
  • Assisted in 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.
  • Assisted in multiple cases to stave off nationwide collective actions by moving to compel plaintiffs to arbitrate their claims on an individual basis per governing arbitration agreements.
  • Assisted in avoiding class certification in nationwide Fair Credit Reporting Act class action by aggressively pursuing discovery and obtaining summary judgment for prospective employer, preventing plaintiff from moving for class certification; case is now on appeal in Third Circuit and appeal may address, as a matter of first impression, the viability of several arguments increasingly asserted by plaintiffs’ counsel in Fair Credit Reporting Act cases.
  • Helped obtain dismissal of intentional misrepresentation and defamation claims brought by former physician against healthcare provider.
  • Defended against unfair labor practice charge related to arbitration agreement with class action waiver provision.
  • Student Attorney, Michigan Innocence Clinic, 2011-2012
  • Legal Extern, State of Michigan, Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel, Summer 2010

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2017
  • 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
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Volunteer Attorney, Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Credentials

Education
  • 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
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit