Christopher F. Wohl
Christopher Wohl is a Partner at Palmer Kazanjian, and joined the firm in 2006. His litigation practice emphasizes employment and business matters and counseling. Mr. Wohl has conducted trials, mediations and arbitration hearings in a broad range of employment and business cases. He has obtained jury verdicts in federal, California and Nevada trial and appellate courts in employment cases including sexual harassment and discrimination, contract disputes, fraud claims, unfair business practices, partnership disputes, real estate and construction defect claims, and other general civil litigation disputes.
Business and General Civil Litigation Experience –
- Lead counsel in successfully obtaining defense verdict and a judgment on the Cross-Complaint in a breach of contract and fraud action filed in Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark County Superior Court) by plaintiff general contractor against the defendant residential developer. During the two-week trial, the jury rejected all of plaintiff’s claims including the alleged $2 million dollars in damages and instead found in favor of defendant on the Cross-Complaint awarding general and punitive damages. The jury’s verdict was upheld by the Nevada Supreme Court.
- Defended one of the largest manufacturers of concrete roof tile in the United States in a breach of contract and declaratory relief lawsuit filed in Delaware. This Delaware case was litigated globally including depositions in Paris, France; Sydney, Australia; Hong Kong, China; and throughout the United States. This multi-million dollar dispute settled confidentially shortly before trial.
- Defense of energy management company CEO in a complex business fraud action by an energy finance company seeking more than $20 million dollars in damages against all defendants that settled through mediation prior to trial.
- Lead counsel in obtaining defense verdict in favor of a Lake Tahoe business owner following two week jury trial in El Dorado County Superior Court.
- Lead counsel in jury verdict in favor of general contractor following a weeklong jury trial in Placer County Superior Court.
- Successful prosecution of breach of contract action involving the sale of commercial property after 10 day trial in Alameda County Superior Court.
- Successful arbitration involving breach of contract claim by multi-family construction general contractor against a subcontractor which also included an award of attorney’s fees and costs.
- Obtained verdict following a three day trial on a breach of contract claim involving real estate transaction in Placer County Superior Court.
- Obtained defense verdict on behalf of a large commercial insurance company after trial in Contra Costa County Superior Court
- Obtained settlement on behalf of former owners of a wholesale produce company arising from their $4.1 million dollar sale involving the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930.
- Defended a large swimming pool contractor in a wrongful death action that settled prior to trial.
Employment Litigation Experience –
- Oral Argument before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal obtaining a reversal on behalf of Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (the “Tribe”). The Plaintiff Beth Bodi filed her lawsuit in state court alleging wrongful termination and related employment claims including an alleged violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The Tribe removed the Complaint to United States District Court for the Eastern District of California on the basis of that court’s federal question jurisdiction over the FMLA claim and supplemental jurisdiction over the state law claims. The Tribe then filed a motion to dismiss the Complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction arguing the Tribe’s sovereign immunity protected it from suit. The district court denied the Tribe’s motion on the ground that the Tribe had unequivocally waived its tribal sovereign immunity by removing the action to federal court. The question of waiver based on removal has divided the district courts and was been reached only by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal. The Tribe therefore filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal arguing that the Tribe’s removal of a case from state to federal court does not constitute a waiver of its immunity from suit. Following oral argument on May 12, 2016, the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s order holding that the act of removal does not express the clear and unequivocal waiver that is required for a tribe to relinquish its immunity from suit. Watch Video
- Verdict in 2015 trial in Sacramento County Superior Court on behalf of large commercial general contractor involving claims by employee for wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination based on age and alleged disability.
- Arbitration award in 2015 on behalf of local Bank and its CEO and President involving claims brought by the Bank’s former employee for breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practices, and labor code violations.
- Jury verdict following two-week trial in Sacramento County Superior Court in a partnership dispute involving claims for breach of contract and fraud.
- Summary adjudication on 10 of 14 Claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District action on behalf of national title company involving claims for breach of contract, discrimination, wrongful termination, and other employment-related claims.
- Defended large southern California based private security guard company through trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court in complex wage and hour action filed by a class of employees.
- Jury verdict in favor of fraud investigator involving disability discrimination following a two week trial in Sacramento County Superior Court.
- Defended large property management company during two-week jury trial in Sacramento County Superior Court in case involving claims for sexual harassment and wrongful termination.
- Jury verdict in United States District for the Eastern District following two-week trial for claims including wrongful termination and sexual harassment.
- Defended and prosecuted actions under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and unfair competition laws.
- Lead counsel in defending numerous actions in claims involving sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations.
- Member, Labor and Employment Law Section – California and Sacramento County Bar Associations
- Member, Labor and Employment Law – American Bar Association
- Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, Rotary Club of Sacramento
- Past Board Member, Make-A-Wish Foundation – Northeastern California and Northern Nevada