Christopher Scanlan’s practice ranges from handling traditional labor law matters to advising clients on cutting-edge employment issues. His clients include a broad swath of industries, including health care, professional services, and government contractors.

Mr. Scanlan frequently represents employers in their dealings with organized labor. He has served as lead spokesperson in collective bargaining negotiations and also as an advocate in arbitration and before the National Labor Relations Board. This is in addition to his litigation practice, which has included successful jury trials, appearances before federal and state courts of appeals, and experience with numerous administrative agencies.

Mr. Scanlan regularly advises clients on compliance with federal and state employment laws. He has also advised and provided counsel on the labor issues that arise in large corporate transactions, including multinational transactions. 

Mr. Scanlan has been an invited speaker on a variety of topics including workplace wellness programs, qui tam retaliation claims, and defamation claims against labor unions. 

He was recognized as a Northern California Rising Star in Labor & Employment from 2009 through 2011.


New California Employment Laws for 2016
Western Growers
New California Employment Laws for 2016
Arnold & Porter Advisory
Employee Health and Wellness Management

California Society for Healthcare Attorneys Fall Seminar, San Francisco, CA

Customers of Staffing Agencies and Other Service Providers To Face Increased Risk of "Joint Employer" Obligations Under New Labor Board Ruling
Arnold & Porter Advisory
Job Killers or Lame Ducks: Employment Law Under The Obama Administration And What To Expect In The Next Two Years (And Beyond)

Hospital Qui Tam Seminar, Columbus, OH



Daily Journal's "Top Labor and Employment Lawyers" 2013
Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2009 – 2011


  • JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1999, Order of the Coif
  • AM, University of Chicago, 1994, Phi Beta Kappa
  • AB, University of Chicago, 1992, Phi Beta Kappa
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, California N.D., The Honorable Ronald M. Whyte
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

  • State Bar of California

  • New Leaf: Services For Our Community, Board of Directors (2005-2011)


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