Christine Cesare serves as the Department Managing Partner for the Litigation and Corporate Risk Practice and is a member of the firm's Management Committee. The Management Committee manages the day-to-day worldwide operations of the firm. Ms. Cesare served as head of the Commercial Litigation Client Service Group from 2008 to 2013 and also previously served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and its Compensation Committee. Ms. Cesare is a litigator with a practice focus on complex commercial litigation, including class actions.
In the area of complex banking and business litigation, she has represented financial institutions in actions and class actions involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, lender liability, negligence, indemnification and unjust enrichment as well as claims under various state and federal statutes, including consumer statutes. Her experience includes advice and representation in connection with consumer mortgage matters including claims of predatory lending, TILA and RESPA violations and claims of bad faith arising out of the loan modification process. She has also represented financial institutions acting as corporate trustees and has experience defending corporate trustees in actions involving claims for breach of contract, negligence, indemnification, constructive trust and breach of fiduciary duty. In the course of representing financial services companies issuing prepaid cards, she has been involved in litigation matters challenging the issuance of such cards, she also has experience defending ATM disclosure cases.
In addition to complex commercial litigation, Ms. Cesare has represented corporate clients in actions involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and the misappropriation of confidential and proprietary information.
Christine Cesare practices in the area of litigation with a focus on complex commercial litigation and employment matters.
In the area of employment law, Ms. Cesare has represented corporate clients defending discrimination claims involving race, sex, age, sexual harassment, disability and retaliation before administrative agencies and in federal court. In addition, she has extensive experience advising clients on issues of compliance under the various federal employment statutes, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Older Workers Benefits Protection Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Her experience has included drafting employee handbooks and manuals, policies on sexual harassment, policies on ADA compliance and internal grievance procedures. She has written several articles on employment related topics such as arbitration, sexual harassment and the Family Medical Leave Act. Ms. Cesare has been a speaker at seminars addressing topics such as ADA compliance, sexual harassment and electronic discovery issues. Ms. Cesare has represented corporate clients in actions involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and the misappropriation of confidential and proprietary information. She also has conducted training seminars for management on sexual harassment. Her litigation experience includes trial, appellate and arbitration proceedings.