Christopher C. Murray

Christopher C. Murray

Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Chris Murray assists employers in addressing a wide variety of employment issues. In addition to advising businesses and other organizations on compliance matters, he represents clients in litigation and administrative proceedings. He has particular experience in defending collective and class actions and handling appeals.

Murray and his colleague Ron Chapman Jr. persuaded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the National Labor Relations Board’s attempt to ban class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements. D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB, 737 F.3d 344 (5th Cir. 2013). They also persuaded the Second Circuit to adhere to its position rejecting the Board’s class action waiver ban. Patterson v. Raymours Furniture Company, Inc., 659 Fed. App’x 40 (2d Cir. 2016).

In 2016, Murray and his colleague Jeff Londa obtained a nationwide injunction on behalf of several business groups barring the United States Department of Labor from implementing its new “Persuader Rule.” National Federation of Independent Business v. Perez, No. 5:16-cv- 00066-c, 2016 WL 3766121 (N.D. Tex. June 27, 2016). That rule, had it become effective, would have dramatically reduced employers’ access to legal advice in responding to union organizing.

Murray graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2001 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Case Western Reserve University in 1993. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

A regular speaker and writer on employment law issues, Murray has been quoted in Employment Law 360 and Inside Counsel magazine. Murray serves on the Board of Directors for Indiana Federal Community Defender, Inc., which provides representation to indigent clients in federal court. He is also a member of the Board of Managers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Society.