Chris Strianese – Attorney Profile
Hello, and welcome to the Strianese Huckert LLP website. Here, you will find information about North Carolina employment law, and will learn about us and our approach to handling employment disputes. Despite various federal and state laws enacted to protect employees from unlawful discrimination and harassment, the unfortunate reality is that these things still happen today. If you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination and harassment, it is important for you to know your rights and to have an experienced attorney to help you.
Having an experienced employment attorney on your side can often make the difference in discrimination and harassment cases. A number of years ago, the American Bar Foundation conducted a six year research study to determine why some employment cases succeed and others fail. The study found that the most significant factor in the outcome of employment discrimination cases was the plaintiff’s legal representation. In fact, plaintiffs who proceeded without a competent employment attorney were almost three times more likely to have their cases dismissed compared to plaintiffs who had employment counsel.
I have spent almost my entire career litigating employment cases. After graduating from Fordham Law School, I went to work in Manhattan for Bryan Cave LLP, one of the largest law firms in the country. While at Bryan Cave, I mostly represented large corporations, hedge funds, and private equity companies in litigation. During my time at Bryan Cave, I litigated employment cases involving highly compensated executives, Board of Director level management, and multi-plaintiff, class, and collective actions. In my last case at the firm, I handled a proposed $100 million gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and inequitable pay class action case involving a nationwide technology company.
In New York, I also met my lovely wife Heather – a sweet tea southerner – and, along with our dog Taylor, we re-located to Charlotte. I started Strianese Huckert LLP because I wanted to represent the victims of discrimination and make sure that they had an experienced advocate. When you have just lost your job, the last thing you should have to think about is how you’re going to afford an attorney, which is why we try to work with our clients to find a representation structure that works for them.
While I represent all victims of discrimination and harassment, I have a strong interest in representing plaintiffs in sexual harassment cases. Sexual harassment in the workplace can take many forms, and all of them are unconscionable. I have experience with the nuances and unique issues that can arise in sexual harassment cases, and am eager to put that experience to work whenever and wherever sexual harassment occurs.
Our approach to litigation is to think and act strategically. We never do anything without a sound strategic reason. We believe in over-preparing. We only take on cases that have merit, and we prosecute them vigorously. That does not always mean a trial; often, a client is best served by a settlement. But we prepare each case as though it will go to trial because we have found that to be the way to obtain the best results for our clients.
I hope that you will find our website to be informative and helpful. If you’ve been terminated for unlawful reasons, or are experiencing discrimination or harassment in the workplace, I hope that you will contact us. Our “frequently asked questions” and “timeline of an employment case” links provide additional information for anyone interested in pursuing an employment claim.
The law sets stringent deadlines for how long a victim of employment discrimination or harassment has to take action, and I encourage you to act quickly so that you do not lose your rights through delay.