Christopher E. Platten




Born: Green Bay, Wisconsin, November 14, 1954; admitted to bar, 1983, California, U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Education: California State University at San Diego (B.A., 1980); University of San Francisco (J.D., with honors, 1983). Recipient, Piercelle Bell Scholar.

Member: Santa Clara County (Member, Labor Law Section) and American Bar Associations (Member, Labor & Employment Law Section); State Bar of California (Member: Labor and Employment Law Section; Executive Committee, 1997); National Lawyers Guild; American Civil Liberties Union (Executive Board, Santa Clara Chapter).


Practice Areas: Labor Law; Employment Law.


Reported Cases: Scott v. Pacific Gas & Electric, 11 Cal. 4th 454, 46 Cal. Rptr. 427 (1995); Klem v. County of Santa Clara, 208 F.3d 1085 (9th Cir. 2000); Keeling v. Sheet Metal Workers, Intl. Assn., Local Union No. 162, 937 F.2d 408 (1991); Sheet Metal Workers, Intl. Assn., Local 162, 937 F.2d 408 (1991); Sheet Metal Workers, Intl. Assn. Local 162 v. Jason Mfg., 900 F.2d 1392 (1990); Sacramento Valley Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Assn. v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 340, 888 F.2d 604 (9th Cir. 1989); Felde v. City of San Jose, 830 F. Supp. 708 (N.D. Cal. 1994); Baker v. City of Pomona, 1 Wage and Hour Cases (C.D. Cal. 1993); Sheet Metal Workers Intl. Assn. Local 162 v. B.J. Heating & Air Conditioning, 695 F. Supp. 485 (E.D. Cal. 1987); County of San Bernadino v. City of San Bernadino, 15 Cal. 4th 909 (1997); In Re: Bridgett R., 41 Cal.App. 4th 1483 (1996); Las Cruces Professional Firefighters v. City of Las Cruces, 123 N.M. 239, 938 P.2d 1384 (1997); Las Cruces Professional Firefighters v. City of Las Cruces, 123 N.M. 329, 940 P.2d 177 (1996).


Biographical Notes:   Mr. Platten received his B.A. degree in philosophy from San Diego State University and his J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco, where he was a Law Review candidate and won both the John L. Brennan Trial Competition and the Advanced Moot Court Competition. Prior to law school he was an elected union representative and officer of Retail Clerks Local Union 1222, at the time, the largest single private sector labor union in San Diego County.

Mr. Platten focuses on labor law, wrongful termination, wage and hour enforcement and employment discrimination. Mr. Platten has argued several cases, many of which are published, before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court and several appellate district courts of appeal in California and New Mexico. Mr. Platten anchors the law firm's public sector labor organization practice and has addressed numerous conferences and professional labor relations organizations. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Platten has participated on several community service boards and governmental commissions, most recently accepting appointment to the Planning Commission to the City of San Jose.




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