Christopher R. Kazanowski

Christopher R. Kazanowski Labor and Employment Attorney Varnum Law Firm
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Chris is a partner on the Labor and Employment Practice Team. He defends employers nationwide in federal and state courts under the many statutes that govern the employment relationship, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  Chris has experience managing complex class and collective action litigation, administrative actions, and appellate proceedings.  He further prosecutes and defends non-compete, non-solicitation, and trade secrets cases. 

Chris serves as go-to outside employment counsel for businesses by providing pragmatic advice and counsel on day-to-day human resources legal issues with a view toward achieving client business objectives and removing red tape, drafting employment-related agreements, policies and procedures, and  performing due diligence and transaction agreement review for mergers and acquisitions.

Chris has unique experience serving as senior counsel to a large, publicly-traded company where he provided legal consultation to C-suite and senior leaders across all business areas and affiliated companies and supported new business initiatives across the United States and Canada. He served as the primary drafter of executive employment agreements, offer letters, compensation plans, handbooks, equity-related documents, training, and similar legal documents.

Chris also is a rising thought leader in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) and its intersection with labor and employment legal issues. He provides advice on using AI-based recruiting and screening tools and employee performance management systems and has been involved in legislative efforts related to the regulation of AI in human resources.

In addition to his law degree, Chris is a current candidate for a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Wayne State University Law School.

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