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Chris came to his law career by a circuitous route. Before entering law school he was a scientist working as a water quality field technician. He has also been a carpenter, bartender and sail maker. In short, he has a diverse background.

Never one to shy away from challenges, Chris moved to Florida after college and bought a sailboat, without really knowing how to sail. He soon learned and then sailed for five years up and down the East Coast and through The Bahamas. He also once completed a summit of Mt. Rainier in 36 hours, and recently circuited the Huayhuash mountain range in Peru.  

Growing up in Indiana, Chris’s family history nudged him toward the legal profession. The influence of Chris’s great-grandfather and step-grandfather - both of whom were lawyers - led him to enter law school. 

Chris’s interest in labor law was sparked by his father, who is a union member. Through his father’s experience, Chris saw both the positives and negatives of organized labor.

During law school, Chris clerked for the Portland City Attorney’s office, where he worked on employment litigation cases for the City in its role as an employer. He also tried three cases to a jury while interning with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office as a court-certified law student.

As a lawyer at Bullard, Chris represents both public and private sector clients in labor and employment issues; providing clients with candid, objective, well-reasoned advice. He loves finding the best possible solution to complex problems and complicated issues, all while utilizing the analytical approach fostered by his science background.

Outside of work, Chris’s adventures now are primarily on dry land. He enjoys backpacking with his wife and dog, playing basketball and exploring the Pacific Northwest.


  • Permanent Injunction Issued Against Persuader Rule - Bullard Alert, November 2016
  • Federal Contractor Paid Sick Leave Rules Issued by DOL - Bullard Alert, November 2016
  • EEOC Issues Updated Retaliation Enforcement Guidance - Bullard Alert, October 2016
  • Injunction Suspends Department of Labor’s “Persuader Rule” - Bullard Alert, June 2016


  • That’s A Wrap - Key Employment Bills Passed During Oregon’s 2015 Legislative Session - Bullard Alert, July 2015


  • Not Lovin' It - NLRB's General Counsel Authorizes Charges Against McDonald's As Joint Employer with Franchisees - Bullard Alert, August 2014
  • NLRB Considers Expanding Joint Employer Standard - Bullard Alert, May 2014
  • Weingarten Rights: Unionized Employees’ Right to a Representative in Investigatory Interviews - Oregon Business Report, May 2014
  • Supreme Court Upholds CBA Provision that Time Spent Changing Clothes is Not Compensable Under the FLSA's Collective Bargaining Exception - Bullard Alert, February 2014
  • EEOC Settles First Systemic Discrimination Case Filed Under the Genetic Information Act - Bullard Alert, January 2014


  • Employment Law 101: Covering the Basics for Small Businesses and Employers in Emerging Industries - Bullard Workshop, February 2017


  • The NLRB’s Joint Employment Standard and Temporary Employees- What Does it Mean for You? - Bullard Workshop, November 2016


  • NLRB's Recent Push to Regulate Non-Union Workplaces - Bullard Workshop, January 2015