12800 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
Christopher Andre is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Andre is a seasoned civil litigator who focuses his practice on civil litigation and advising and representing employers. Mr. Andre is an editor of and frequent contributor to the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Blog, providing analysis and commentary about new developments of interest to California employers. Mr. Andre also formerly chaired the firm’s Litigation Advisory Committee.
Mr. Andre advises and represents employers in a wide variety of matters, including: wage and hour compliance; class action avoidance; workplace tort claim avoidance; alleged violations of federal and state wage and hour laws; alleged violations of the California Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”); alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination; alleged violations of federal and state leave laws; and alleged breach of contract. He also represents and advises employers with regard to investigations conducted by state and federal agencies such as the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”), United States Department of Labor (“DOL”), and the Department of Homeland Security.
Mr. Andre has extensive experience defending single plaintiff, multiple plaintiff, class action, and representative action lawsuits. He handles lawsuits in California and federal trial courts and appellate courts, which often involve cutting-edge issues and matters of first impression. In separate cases, he has successfully moved to disqualify a prominent plaintiff’s attorney as class counsel based on her conduct, to disqualify a plaintiff class representative based on his conduct, and to disqualify multiple plaintiff class representatives as inadequate based on pre-employment conduct. In another matter, a plaintiff alleging whistleblower retaliation voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit shortly after Mr. Andre conducted the plaintiff’s deposition.
Mr. Andre also has extensive insurance coverage experience. He formerly advised and represented numerous commercial lines and personal lines insurers as outside coverage counsel for both property and liability insurance claims and disputes. He now regularly advises and represents clients regarding insurance coverage and has obtained millions of dollars in policy benefits for firm clients.
Mr. Andre hails from Orange County and resides in Irvine with his wife and two daughters.
Mr. Andre earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors from the California State University at Fullerton, his Master of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis, and his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Awards and Recognitions
In 2005, Mr. Andre was named a “Southern California Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine. This recognition honors exceptional Southern California attorneys under the age of 40.
Reported appellate court decisions in matters Mr. Andre has handled in whole or in part before the California Court of Appeal include: 20th Century Insurance Company v. Stewart (1998) 63 Cal.App.4th 1333; Small v. Superior Court (2007) 148 Cal.App.4th 222; and Lazarin v. Superior Court (2010) 188 Cal.App.4th 1560.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Andre is a frequent contributor to the firm’s publications and blogs.
Mr. Andre volunteers with the Irvine Swim League, a youth swim league for Irvine residents and students.