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Christiana L. Signs

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. Ms. Signs routinely advises employers on an array of labor and employment compliance matters. Those include 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. A member of the firmwide Business Continuity Amid COVID-19 Team, she advises her clients regarding telecommuting and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Capabilities

Experiencia

  • 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 on named plaintiff’s claim in well-publicized putative nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective action, thereby preventing nationwide notice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2017-2020
  • 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
  • Trustee, Moran-Olsson Exoneration Support Charitable Trust
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

Credentials

Educación
  • 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
Con licencia para ejercer en
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan
  • Nueva 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
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