Christine L. Hogan is a Partner at Wigdor LLP. Ms. Hogan is a highly accomplished labor and employment attorney with over a decade of litigation experience. While she started her career advising corporate clients, she decided that her true motivations and desires were to help victims seek justice. Ms. Hogan’s breadth of experience includes handling litigations involving sexual harassment, discrimination on the basis of race, gender, pregnancy, age, religion, disability, LGBTQ+ status and national origin, retaliation, worker misclassification, wage-and-hour violations, family and medical (FMLA) leave, breach of contract, restrictive covenants and many other workplace issues This wide array of experience makes her well situated to advocate on behalf of individuals. Ms. Hogan has also advised clients on a range of strategic employment issues including, but not limited to, employee handbooks, employment contracts, enforcement of workplace policies and procedures, employee classification, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations based on pregnancy, disability and religious practice, labor law issues involving minimum wage, overtime, spread-of-hours, deductions and rest/meal breaks, paid sick leave, and severance negotiations.
From Fortune 500 companies to fledgling start-ups, Ms. Hogan’s in-depth knowledge of workplace best practices, corporate legal departments, and HR policies enables her to provide shrewd legal counseling and representation to clients across a wide spectrum of industries and experience levels. She offers notable expertise representing clients in the technology, retail, restaurant/hospitality, and gig economy industries.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Hogan has published numerous articles on hot-button employment issues, including unemployment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work policies and procedures, paid sick leave, wage requirements for fast food and retail industry workers, mandatory arbitration and class action waivers, severance agreements and many others. She has also co-authored reference books on the subjects of employee classification, as well as the use of robotics, artificial intelligence and automation to enhance corporate compliance with employment and labor laws.
In addition, Ms. Hogan is a frequent lecturer and speaker on workplace best practices and the evolving employment law landscape. She has spoken at the New York Stock Exchange during a national technology industry conference about the role of corporate legal departments in cultivating a discrimination-free work environment. She has also presented lectures and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars on topical employment issues, including sexual harassment, discrimination, workplace investigations, legal issues in the hiring process, independent contractor misclassification, leaves of absence, and wage-and-hour issues for fast food and retail employers.
Experience and Types of Cases
Ms. Hogan has been involved in the litigation of many large and complex matters involving discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, LGBTQ+ status, disability and national origin, as well as cases involving retaliation, sexual harassment, whistleblower complaints, wrongful termination, breach of contract, wage and hour violations, FMLA leave, breach of contract, civil rights violations and class actions.
Prior to joining Wigdor LLP, Ms. Hogan was a Partner at a national labor and employment law firm, where she handled every aspect of litigation in single, multi-plaintiff, and class and collective action lawsuits. Ms. Hogan has extensive experience litigating employment disputes in state and federal court and appellate courts. She has also been involved in numerous wage-and-hour, overtime exemption and independent contractor audits before the New York State Department of Labor and Workers’ Compensation Board.
Ms. Hogan also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Conflict Management Program at Seton Hall University School of Law and was an intern in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
Ms. Hogan is a member of the Federal Bar Council’s Inn of Court, where she has helped develop educational programs with members of the federal judiciary to promote the ideals of professionalism, ethics and advancement of the rule of law. Ms. Hogan is also an active member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.
Ms. Hogan has been selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the last five years in a row, a designation reserved for no more than 2.5% of attorneys in New York.
As a law student, Ms. Hogan was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Chief Judge Edward D. Re Commencement Price, the Professor Robert Parella Scholarship, a Partial Merit Scholarship, and CALI Awards for Excellence in the categories of Evidence, Trusts and Estates, Professional Responsibility, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Ms. Hogan received her J.D. cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the St. John’s Law Review.
During law school, she was a legal research writing assistant, mock trial competition quarterfinalist and member of the Student Bar Association’s Public Interest Committee. Ms. Hogan earned her B.A. from Boston College, where she was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society.
Admitted to Practice
Ms. Hogan is admitted to practice law in New York, as well as before U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.