Christopher M. Waterman is a partner in Demeo LLP. He is the Chair of the Firm’s Employment Practices Group and focuses on assisting clients with employment and non-competition litigation matters. Mr. Waterman appears on behalf of clients before state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Mr. Waterman advises national, regional and local employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, commissions disputes, performance assessment and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, training, background checks, whistleblower claims, defamation, handbook and policy review, and trade-secrets protection strategies.
Much of Mr. Waterman’s employment counseling is designed to assist clients to avoid legal disputes and limit litigation. This proactive approach involves speaking with clients to assess their existing employment practices and providing advice to ensure the best practices and limit legal exposure.
Additionally, Mr. Waterman regularly assists clients at the outset of new employment, whether the client is bringing on a new executive or an individual is joining a new company. He drafts and reviews employment contracts, severance agreements, non-competition, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements.
He has represented employers and executives in a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, staffing, professional services, transportation, and technology.
Mr. Waterman also handles an extensive array of commercial disputes and litigation matters. In connection with these services, Mr. Waterman provides advice to corporate clients in an effort to avoid costly litigation and drawn-out disputes. When litigation does become necessary, however, Mr. Waterman’s years of litigation experience has proved invaluable to his clients. This experience has covered banking litigation, shareholder disputes, real estate litigation, securities arbitrations, unfair trade practice, complex contract disputes, and construction litigation. In addition to his litigation and employment practice, Mr. Waterman also advises clients on general business matters. This includes representing clients in a diverse range of industries, assisting them with their transactional and day-to-day commercial contract needs, including, licensing, employment, and services agreements.
He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also practices extensively before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. He is a member of the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and American Bar Associations. Mr. Waterman joined the Firm in 2002 after practicing with Seyfarth Shaw, LLP and Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont in 1992, Mr. Waterman earned his law degree magna cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 1998.
Suffolk University Law School, ’98
Saint Michael‘s College, ’92
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit