Chris Archibald focuses his practice in all areas of labor and employment law and has handled a wide variety of matters, including wage and hour class actions, Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims, trade secret litigation, sexual harassment, retaliation, age and disability discrimination, and wrongful termination claims.  In addition to litigating, Mr. Archibald advises employers regarding effective methods to avoid employment-related claims, especially in the wage and hour context.

Mr. Archibald also has extensive experience defending employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and various other federal and state agencies.

Mr. Archibald represents or works with employers in a wide ranging, diverse group of industries, including retail, staffing, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, and hospitality.  The clients he represents range from Fortune 500 companies to small, local businesses.

For the past three years, Mr. Archibald has been awarded the Super Lawyers' Southern California peer-voted "Rising Star" designation, an award reserved for no more than 2.5% of all lawyers under 40.

While in law school, Mr. Archibald was a member of both the Pepperdine Law Review and Moot Court Board.  He graduated from Pepperdine with honors as a member of the Order of the Coif.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Rising Star - Super Lawyers' Southern California
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Professional Affiliations

    • Orange County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
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Representative Experience

  • Defended several large wage and hour class actions brought against retailers, staffing companies, interstate trucking companies, and healthcare providers.
  • Defended employers in sexual harassment, retaliation, age and disability discrimination, and wrongful termination claims and wage and hour claims.
  • Defended and prosecuted trade secret litigation in order to protect clients’ valuable information.
  • First chaired several successful hearings before the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, resulting in no award to the employee.
  • Obtained rulings of “No Cause” when defending numerous employers before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Speaking Engagements

  • "'Mediating Your Way to Success," California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Oakland, CA, September 25, 2015
  • "Making Sure Your Employees Really Are Exempt (And Making Sure They Stay That Way)," Santa Barbara Human Resources Association, Santa Barbara, CA, February 28, 2013