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Christina Janice
OVERVIEW

Christina M. Janice
Of Counsel

Chicago

One N. Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

Columbus

41 S. High Street
Suite 3300
Columbus, OH 43215-6104

New York

390 Madison Ave.
12th Floor
New York, NY 10017-2509

Grand Rapids

171 Monroe Avenue N.W.
Suite 1000
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694

P 312-214-4802

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

Christina M. Janice
Of Counsel

Chicago

One N. Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

Columbus

41 S. High Street
Suite 3300
Columbus, OH 43215-6104

New York

390 Madison Ave.
12th Floor
New York, NY 10017-2509

Grand Rapids

171 Monroe Avenue N.W.
Suite 1000
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694

P 312-214-4802

F 312-759-5646

Leveraging deep experience as outside and in-house counsel, Christina M. “Tina” Janice is passionate about partnering with employers throughout the United States to help them thrive. A skilled employment law litigator and counselor, she helps clients navigate the challenges of growing and managing their workforce.

Leveraging deep experience as outside and in-house counsel, Christina M. “Tina” Janice is passionate about partnering with employers throughout the United States to help them thrive. A skilled employment law litigator and counselor, she helps clients navigate the challenges of growing and managing their workforce.

OVERVIEW

Leveraging deep experience as outside and in-house counsel, Christina M. “Tina” Janice is passionate about partnering with employers throughout the United States to help them thrive. A skilled employment law litigator and counselor, she helps clients navigate the challenges of growing and managing their workforce.

With over 30 years’ experience both as outside litigation counsel in some of the largest employment and commercial class actions and multidistrict litigations in the nation, and as in-house head of litigation and human resources compliance for an S&P 500 multinational company, Tina uniquely combines a successful high profile trial practice with highly trusted and practical counseling. Her client service approach is that of sophisticated business partnership, helping clients to grow and manage their workforce, to optimize compliance opportunities, and to reduce litigation risks across their portfolios.

Tina’s comprehensive labor & employment counseling practice on behalf of domestic and global employers includes human resources compliance and policy planning, DE&I planning, external C-Suite and executive level investigations, and guidance on performance management, severance, wage and hour compliance, workforce restructuring, labor and environmental diligence incident to mergers and acquisitions or divestitures, OSHA compliance and defense, WARN compliance, and crisis communications.  

Companies call on Tina for assistance with developing effective practices to reduce both risk and external spend across their L&E and commercial portfolios. She is frequently called on for guidance in navigating the particular regulatory complexities impacting employment and traditional labor relations in the New York and Illinois markets.  

When litigation is necessary, Tina’s multijurisdictional litigation practice includes virtually all aspects of complex class and single plaintiff employment discrimination litigation, wage and hour class and collective actions, commercial class actions, and contract disputes; particularly litigation requiring the development and presentation of expert and statistical evidence. 

Tina is most proud of her work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the U.S. Marshals Service and legal aid societies in the recovery of abducted children.

Tina is not regularly admitted to practice in the local courts of Michigan.

Professional and Community Involvement

Presenting Sponsor, Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. (Ohio)

Contributing author, D. Van Tassel & J. Grabowski, Eds., The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History (Case Western Reserve University)

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, Illinois Bar Association

Member, New York State Bar Association

Member, Ohio State Bar Association

Member, Society for Human Resource Management

Honors

Chambers USA, 2022

The Legal 500, USA, Recommended Attorney, 2016

Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer For Litigation, 2015

The Legal 500, USA, In House Labor and Employment Law Team of the Year, 2014 

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Award of Merit, 2009

Janice
Experience
  • Co-lead counsel for global retailer in nationwide gender discrimination class action litigation and arbitration, and consent decree compliance matters, impacting an estimated population of 70,000 workers
  • Ongoing representation of global transportation and logistics provider in putative transnational commercial class action
  • Ongoing representation of manufacturers in FLSA compliance and best practices
  • Ongoing counseling of multi-state employers regarding compliance with New York State labor laws, including the New York State Paid Sick leave law and New York City counterparts
  • Successful defense of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state agency complaints, claims and investigations; successful negotiation and implementation of DOL and EEOC compliance partnerships
  • Provided strategic guidance on due diligence for environmental and safety (OSHA) risks in multinational merger and acquisition
  • Provided strategic guidance on effective workforce integration and risk management in a successful $1.46 billion multinational acquisition, and in the restructuring of an international maritime concern*
  • Developed and implemented litigation and claims management strategies to reduce a retail employer’s portfolio of legal risk by tens of millions of dollars*
  • Successfully vacated class certification in a nationwide discrimination matter*
  • Obtained dismissal of state attorney general systemic race discrimination enforcement action*
  • Established a trade secret exception to state open records law requests for contract bids of nationwide staffing agency*
  • Served as a liaison counsel to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in a nationwide multidistrict litigation, and as a member of discovery, motions, class certification and steering committees in class actions and multidistrict litigations*

*These matters occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

EXPERIENCE
Presentations
  • “Tough Topics in Employee Complaints and Investigations,” Western Arkansas Human Resource Association conference, April 12, 2022
  • “Leading on the Front Line: Key Strategies for Empowering the Highest Levels of Care During a Public Health Crisis,” Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., Engaged Constituency Conference, Nov. 13, 2021
  • “Today’s Corporate Labor & Employment Law Outlook,” Consero Corporate Labor & Employment Law Virtual Roundtable, Sept. 9, 2021
  • “More Than a Long Haul: Delta Variant Science, Guidance and Strategies for Employers,” part of program “Long COVID and Employment Regulations: ADA, FMLA, State and Local Law Implications,” Strafford Publications, Inc. Webinars, Aug. 25, 2021
  • “The Long Hot Summer: Tough Topics in Employee Complaints and Investigations,” Society for Human Resource Management 2021 HR Indiana Annual Conference, Aug. 2, 2021
  • “The COVID-Suite,” Consero Labor & Employment Law Virtual Roundtable, March 25, 2021
  • “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Workplace Class And Collective Actions, But Were Afraid To Ask,” Association of Corporate Counsel (Indiana), Dec. 11, 2020
  • “The G.C.’s Guide To Complex & Sensitive Investigations,” Consero General Counsel Virtual Forum, Oct. 29, 2020
  • “When the Government Says ‘#MeToo’: The Rise of EEOC Enforcement Litigation for Workplace Harassment,” Clear Law Institute, 2018*
  • “Blurring the Lines: A Discussion On Ethical Infractions Within The C-Suite,” Thomson Reuters Corporate Risk, Ethics And Compliance Forum, 2018*
  • “Updated EEOC Guidance On Retaliation,” Clear Law Institute, 2017*
  • “EEOC-Initiated Litigation Review,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce, 2016*

*These presentations occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg. 

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