Christopher Lech’s experience includes:
- Representing financial institutions and other employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals on employment- and employee benefit/executive compensation-related matters including claims of breach of employment agreements, breach of contracts, breach and enforcement of promissory notes, wrongful termination, constructive termination, and whistleblowing
- Representing financial institutions in arbitrations before FINRA
- Litigating cases concerning unfair competition and breaches of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
- Counseling clients on compliance with developing labor and employment laws, including the FLSA, NLRA, and various state and local wage requirements, as well as laws affecting employee benefit plans, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code, and COBRA
- Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating employment, retention, severance, and termination agreements
- Performing internal investigations when allegations of wrongdoing arise in the workplace
- Advising employers on workforce challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as remote work, return-to-work, training, and wage and hour issues
- Conducting due diligence in connection with executive compensation, employee benefits, and labor and employment matters for M&A transactions,
- Advising clients on the design, implementation, maintenance, and termination of various types of employee benefit plans—including defined contribution, defined benefit, self-insured and fully-insured medical, life, and disability—as well as employee assistance programs, wellness programs, cafeteria plans, health savings and reimbursement account plans, flexible spending accounts, fringe benefits, severance plans, and other types of compensation and benefit arrangements
- Advising multiemployer plans on issues surrounding withdrawal liability
Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Christopher was an attorney at a New York City law firm that represented labor unions and various employee benefit plans.
While attending law school, Christopher served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Frederic Block of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, as an Intern in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.