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Christine Liu McLaughlin

Christine Liu McLaughlin

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Christine Liu McLaughlin

Christine Liu McLaughlin is a shareholder in Godfrey & Kahn's Labor & Employment Practice Group and the former practice group chair. Christine also is the immediate-past chair of the firm's Women's Leadership Forum and chair of the Diversity Committee.

Christine provides counsel on a wide variety of employment and labor issues ranging from interpretation and application of federal and state employment laws to specialized employee transition matters in complex business transactions.

Christine advises her clients on general employee hiring, discipline and termination issues; family and medical leave issues; federal and state disability discrimination issues; federal and state civil rights and fair employment issues; sexual and other unlawful harassment issues; workplace violence issues; and contingent workforce issues. Christine routinely defends discrimination claims that have been filed with the State of Wisconsin Equal Rights Division and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Christine also has extensive experience in evaluating and drafting federal and Wisconsin state affirmative action plans, as well as advising on compliance reviews.

In addition to providing general employment advice, Christine advises on corporate employment issues. She routinely drafts and reviews restrictive covenant agreements, including non-compete agreements, confidentiality agreements, as well as employment agreements. Christine also assists corporate counsel in analyzing, preparing and implementing employee transition plans related to complex business transactions. This includes employment due diligence; representations and warranties; business reorganization; facility closings and mass lay-offs; and severance agreements. Christine also advises on employment, contract and business entry issues relating to China.

Christine has conducted workshops and seminars on various employment law topics in Wisconsin as well as nationally. She was instrumental in the creation and implementation of Legal Resource Training, Godfrey & Kahn's interactive training service initiated as a proactive tool to help clients avoid employment litigation.

Christine was previously in-house counsel and Director of Employee Relations for the world's leading staffing service. Prior to her in-house experience, Christine was in private practice in Iowa where she focused on litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment.

Admitted To Practice

Iowa - 1992

Wisconsin - 1992

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
Association for Women Lawyers
Human Resource Management Association of Southeastern Wisconsin (HRMA)
Milwaukee Bar Association
Milwaukee Women inc.
National Association for Professional Women
Society for Human Resource Management
State Bar of Wisconsin
The Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation


COA Youth & Family Center – Board President and Chair, Staff Advancement Committee

Godfrey & Kahn Board Member

Godfrey & Kahn Diversity Committee Chair

The Management Association, Inc. (MRA) - Senior Attorney Roundtable Member

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County - Women's Initiative Leadership Council Member and 2013-2015 Co-Chair; Current member

United Way National Women's Leadership Council (NWLC) Member


Recognized as Up & Coming Lawyer of the Year for Employment by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013)

Named a Woman of Influence by The Business Journal of Milwaukee (2012)

Listed in Best Lawyers (Labor and Employment Law, 2012 - 2015; Labor Law - Management, 2015 - present; Employment Law - Management, 2016-present)

Recognized as a Women in the Law by Wisconsin Law Journal (2011)

Recognized by Chambers USA (Labor & Employment, 2011 - 2018)

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2016 - present)

News & Publications

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Blog Posts

NEW: DOL issues FFCRA implementation rule, launches feedback campaignApril 02, 2020All In A Day's Work | Employment | Labor | Blog
The employer’s guide to Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home Order”March 25, 2020All In A Day's Work | Employment | Labor | Blog
City of Milwaukee issues “Stay-at-Home” orderMarch 24, 2020All In A Day's Work | Blog
COVID-19: The employer’s toolboxMarch 20, 2020All In A Day's Work | Employment | Labor | Blog
EEOC issues guidance on taking employee temperaturesMarch 19, 2020All In A Day's Work | Employment | Labor | Blog
FAQ: Employee safety during coronavirusMarch 16, 2020All In A Day's Work | Blog
FAQ: Employee travel during COVID-19March 16, 2020All In A Day's Work | Blog
Coronavirus internal communication plan do’s and don’tsMarch 13, 2020All In A Day's Work | Blog
Assemble your COVID-19 rapid response team and plan nowMarch 12, 2020All In A Day's Work | Blog
Coronavirus legal considerations: It’s time to think aheadMarch 06, 2020All In A Day's Work | Employment | Labor | Blog
OFCCP contractors, don’t expect that review notice in the mailMarch 07, 2019All In A Day's Work | Affirmative Action | Blog
Is the EEOC #MeToo guidance coming? June 18, 2018All In A Day's Work | Discrimination and Harassment | Employment | Policies | Blog
Don’t forget increased Form I-9 worksite enforcement activities on deck for 2018 – Are you ready?January 10, 2018All In A Day's Work | Employment | Immigration | Blog
The DOL gets real about deregulationNovember 10, 2017All In A Day's Work | Employment | FLSA | Labor | Wage and Hour | Blog
Are your anti-harassment initiatives working? The EEOC says NO.July 20, 2016All In A Day's Work | Discrimination and Harassment | Blog
New overtime rules accelerate to OMBMarch 16, 2016All In A Day's Work | Employment | FLSA | Wage and Hour | Blog
2015 Labor, Employment & Immigration Practice Group Year in ReviewFebruary 18, 2016All In A Day's Work | FMLA | Blog
UPDATE: EEOC v. CVS Pharmacy - 7th Circuit says EEOC can't skip aheadDecember 18, 2015All In A Day's Work | Employment | Blog
Godfrey & Kahn's 2014 Labor, Employment & Immigration Year in ReviewFebruary 18, 2015All In A Day's Work | Discrimination and Harassment | Employment | Labor | Policies | Wage and Hour | Blog
E.O. 11246 & protection of LGBT workers coming soon!June 20, 2014All In A Day's Work | Employment | Blog
Questionable prosecutions can lead to hefty fee awards against the EEOCOctober 17, 2013All In A Day's Work | Discrimination and Harassment | Employment | Blog
NLRB: internal investigations under attack?August 13, 2012All In A Day's Work | Employment | Labor | Blog
Compensatory and punitive damages soon to be eliminated under the WFEAMarch 15, 2012All In A Day's Work | Discrimination and Harassment | Employment | Legislation | Blog
Buzz about the Wisconsin concealed carry billJune 24, 2011All In A Day's Work | Employment | Legislation | Policies | Blog
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Juris Doctor, Marquette University Law School, 1992

Bachelor of Arts, Marquette University, 1989, College of Communications

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