Attorneys

Christine H. Long

Partner

Employment Law; Employment Litigation; Business Litigation; Real Estate Litigation; Hospitality Law; Hospitality Litigation

Ms. Long maintains a diverse litigation practice in employment, hospitality, business litigation and real estate. Ms. Long is the Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group and Hospitality Practice Group.

Ms. Long’s employment and hospitality litigation practice includes handling wage and hour claims, claims of employment discrimination, ADA compliance, wrongful termination, and breach of employment contract cases.  She has experience with class action litigation, FLSA and EEOC investigations and ADA Compliance.  In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Long counsels clients on all aspects of employment, including complaints made to and investigations initiated by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Labor Commissioner, and the EEOC on matters relating to employment including compensation issues, mandatory leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, and reductions-in-force for individuals, companies and local government.  Ms. Long regularly speaks on employment and hospitality issues of interest.

In the real estate and business litigation areas, Ms. Long has represented parties in a variety of matters, including commercial and residential sales disputes, partnership disagreements and dissolutions, partition actions, commercial landlord/tenant suits, easement and boundary claims, and CC&R.

Representative Cases

  • Represented business owner in Administrative and State Court proceedings relating to complex licensing issues; after trial began, successfully negotiated settlement for business owner
  • Represented employer with multiple businesses in a class action case successfully defeating class certification; after five weeks of trial on the remaining individual claims obtained full defense verdict
  • Represented defendants in a family dispute relating to corporate business and successfully had matter dismissed without payment of any sum
  • Represented employer in wrongful termination and breach of contract case and obtained a defense verdict
  • Represented restaurant owner in class action and administrative proceedings
  • Successfully negotiated favorable result for owner in civil case and significantly reduced assessment sought in administrative proceedings

Professional Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court, Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California, Colorado

Presentations

  • "Rules and Regulations Governing Employee Restructuring," California Hotel & Lodging Association's Northern California Hotel & Lodging Conference
  • “Contractor or Employee? Legal Pitfalls in Worker Classification,” Berliner Cohen Breakfast Series
  • “ADA Access – Viewing Your Business from the Outside,” HR West
  • “Hiring Caregivers: Legal and Financial Considerations,” Berliner Cohen Breakfast Series

Articles/Publications

Please see Ms. Long’s publications on our California Hospitality Resource page. 

Activities/Memberships

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, 2001 – present
  • Stanislaus County Bar Association, 1999 – present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, 1996 – present
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, 1998 – present
  • California Hotel and Lodging Association, 2007 – present
  • San Jose Host Lions East Valley, 2001 – present
  • P.E.O., 2002 – present

Academic Positions

  • McGeorge School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, Fall 1998 - 2008

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, J.D., Mock Trial Competition Team; Order of the Barristers; Outstanding Student Service Award; National Association of Women Lawyer's Outstanding Law Graduate Award, 1998
  • University of the Pacific, B.A., Political Economy, 1994

Personal

  • Born in Sacramento, California
  • Interests include travel, hiking and reading

Attorney Articles

Big Win for Dollar Tree in Pay Stub Class Action

Employer Alert: What You Need to Know About AB 1221 and AB 1209

Employers Beware: Restricting Employees on Social Media Publications Can Create Liability

Employer Alert: San Francisco Limits New Hire Questions

Employers Mandated to Disclose Domestic Violence Leave Rights

Employer Alert: Some Local Minimum Wage Increases to Take Effect July 1, 2017

Employer Alert: Employers Are Allowed to Have Fixed Work Weeks in Order to Avoid Overtime

What to Do If Immigration Officials Target Your Business - Your Rights and Obligations 2017

Employer Alert: Effective March 1, California Businesses Must Gender-Neutralize Bathrooms

Employer Alert: Are You Ready?  New Federal Overtime Regulations Effective December 1, 2016

Assessing Employment Risks—Do I really need an Employment Law Audit?

Employer Alert: New San Francisco Law Requires Fully Paid Parental Leave

Labor Enforcement Task Force Visits – What Are Employer Rights?

Employer Alert: New San Francisco Law Requires Fully Paid Parental Leave

Employer Alert: Time to Update Your Harassment Prevention Policy

Hiring Caregivers: Legal and Financial Considerations (Updated 2015)

Employer Alert: Department of Labor to Revise Federal Overtime Regulations

Employer Alert: CA Labor Commissioner Finds Uber Drivers Misclassified as Independent Contractors

Employer Alert: Is Your Request for Medical Cert Setting You Up for a Discrimination Lawsuit?

California Employers Focus on Planning, Policies and Practices in 2014

Employment Law Alert - Supreme Court Rules Health Care Act Constitutional

Employment Law Alert – CA Supreme Court’s Long-Awaited Decision on Meal Periods & Rest Breaks

Employment Law Alert – Stimulus Package Adds New Employer Notification Obligations under COBRA

Employment Law Alert – Upcoming ADAAA Changes & Potential Implications to California Employers

Employment Law Alert – CA Supreme Court Strikes Down Non-Competition Agreements

Contractor or Employee? – Legal Pitfalls in Worker Classification

Employment Law Alert – California Supreme Court’s Decision on Retaliation


News

Berliner Cohen Obtains Legal Victory for Plaintiff against East West Bank

Class Certification Denied in Favor of Berliner Cohen Tech Client

Berliner Cohen Successful for Auto Body Employer in Rejection of Wage and Hour Class Certification

Berliner Cohen Prevails on Behalf of Employer, Wins Major Defense Verdict

Berliner Cohen Employment Group’s 2013 Proves Active and Successful

Soft Roll-Out Code Enforcement for Hand Contact & Ready-to-Eat Foods

Breaking News: California Supreme Court’s Long-Awaited Decision on Meal Periods & Rest Breaks

Launch Your Employment Law Audit Today

California Employers Required to Post New Workers’ Comp Notice

Berliner Cohen Launches Hospitality Industry Website

Berliner Cohen Advances Two to Partnership

Berliner Cohen Announces 2009 Training Schedule for Preventing Sexual Harassment Compliance

Christine Long’s Students Place Second in National Ethics Competition


Events

Speaker Event: Christine Long, Partner - Speaker at CRA Legal Center Live Roadshow

Partners Christine Long and Susan Bishop Present at 2017 HR WEST

2017 California Law Update Session - East Bay

2017 California Law Update Session - San Jose

2017 California Law Update Session - Modesto

2017 California Law Update Session - Merced

Lunch & Learn: How to Legally and Effectively Conduct Internal Workplace Investigations

Berliner Cohen Partner Christine Long Teaching at CRA’s San Jose Restaurant University

Partners Christine Long and Susan Bishop Present at 2016 HR West

2016 California Law Update Session - Modesto

2016 California Law Update Session - Merced

2016 California Law Update Session - San Jose

2015 Year-End AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - San Jose

Christine Long Panelist at CRA’s San Jose Restaurant University

Reasonable Accommodation and the ADA - Fall Berliner Cohen Seminar - Modesto

Reasonable Accommodation and the ADA - Fall Berliner Cohen Seminar - San Jose

Christine Long Speaks on ADA Accommodations at National Restaurant Association Meeting

Facing the Inevitable Conversation-How Employers Can Help Employees Live with End-of-Life Situations

Christine Long, Berliner Cohen Attorney, Speaks on ADA at Restaurant Operators Seminar

ADA Access – Viewing Your Business from the Outside - San Jose

Berliner Cohen Attorneys Present at 2011 SHRM Annual Conference

Berliner Cohen Attorneys Speak at 2011 HR West

Workplace Crime – Legal Pitfalls and Protections for Employers

Hiring Caregivers: Legal and Financial Considerations

Contractor or Employee? – Legal Pitfalls in Worker Classification-Merced

Contractor or Employee? – Legal Pitfalls in Worker Classification-San Jose

2008 California Employer Update-Merced