Biography

When employment issues, business practices, and criminal allegations intersect, Chris Farella is most in his element. An accomplished litigator and strategist, he represents companies and executives in employment law, business litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and attorney ethics matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. Clients ranging from pharmaceutical manufacturers, financial institutions, health care companies and executives to governmental departments, agencies, and officials count on Chris to defend them in all stages of criminal and civil investigation and litigation.

Chris regularly represents health care industry clients in internal investigations, grand jury probes and other criminal investigations, agency investigations, and civil False Claims Act litigation. He is adept at conducting internal investigations for public and private clients into claims of sexual harassment, violations of whistleblower laws, retaliation, and internal investigations for entities facing potential civil or criminal action by the government.

He also handles complex employment litigation involving claims of employment discrimination, harassment, restrictive covenants, commercial fraud, and conspiracy, among others. Focused on finding practical solutions that minimize disruption, Chris helps clients anticipate problems and avoid litigation when possible.

Clients rely on Chris’s guidance and best practices for collecting and preserving electronically stored information (ESI). His matters frequently involve a focus on forensic investigations of computer data. He offers creative solutions to resolve ESI protocol disputes with opposing counsel.

In addition, Chris serves as a General Counsel of Epstein Becker Green. He also is an author and lecturer on the subjects of harassment investigations, wrongful termination claims, commercial litigation issues, attorney ethics, and ethics relating to ESI. He is also a former Chair of the Supreme Court of New Jersey District Ethics Committee. Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Chris was an Assistant General Counsel at the North American headquarters of a global pharmaceutical company. After graduating from law school, Chris served as a clerk for the Honorable Louis F. Locascio of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Freehold.

Experience

  • Obtained a rare order quashing an administrative subpoena issued by a U.S. Attorney’s Office against a health care company being investigated for alleged Medicare fraud. Chris and his team convinced the court that the government’s subpoena, which sought all e-documents of 50 custodians containing any one or more of 71 search terms, irrespective of whether the documents related to the subject matter of the investigation, was an overreach by the government.
  • Represented an American hospital staffing firm in two nationwide government investigations regarding the firm’s merger and acquisition practices and emergency Medicare coding/billing.
  • Helped lead an internal investigation into alleged accounting and corporate improprieties at a large financial institution under government investigation.
  • Represented a charitable, not-for-profit health care provider in an investigation by a U.S. Attorney’s Office. The health care provider was in the process of merging with a large hospital network in the Northeast.
Education
  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1994)
  • Rutgers University (B.A., 1991)
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • New Jersey State Courts
  • New York State Courts
  • Pennsylvania State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Memberships
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Federal Practice & Labor & Employment Committees
  • Essex County Bar Association
Recognition
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers list (2007 to 2011, 2017 to 2021), Employment Litigation: Defense, Business Litigation, and Criminal Defense: White Collar.