Top rated employment & labor attorney in Manchester, New HampshireVrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C.
Chris Vrountas represents business clients in matters involving employment law, commercial disputes and intellectual property cases. He has practiced law for over 30 years and is admitted in Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, The First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is the president and a founding shareholder of Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C.
The Boston Globe named Mr. Vrountas one of the Top Lawyers in the region in 2015, and he has been recognized as among the “Legal Leaders” of Boston. For his high ethical standards and long list of successes, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Vrountas has a deep and wide-ranging practice. His employment practice includes trade secret disputes and litigation over covenants not to compete, wage and hour class actions, discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims. His commercial litigation practice has covered commercial real estate litigation on both the landlord and tenant side, anti-trust and unfair competition claims, partnership disputes and contract matters of all sorts. His intellectual property litigation practice has included patent litigation matters as well as copyright and trademark claims. He has served as lead trial counsel before either the state or federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Illinois and other jurisdictions.
Throughout his career, he has represented employers before departments of labor and the human rights commissions in multiple states as well as before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Along with his legal work, Mr. Vrountas also serves before the Human Rights Commission as a mediator for pending disputes. He is a member of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s board of directors and he serves as a member of the executive committee as well as its corporate secretary.
In 1986, Mr. Vrountas graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire. He then attended Boston College Law School, where he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor in 1990.
* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Practice areasEmployment & labor: employer, Employment litigation: defense, Business litigation, Intellectual property litigation
Wage & hour laws, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Retaliation, Employment law - employer, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements
- 40% Employment & labor: employer
- 30% Employment litigation: defense
- 20% Business litigation
- 10% Intellectual property litigation
First Admitted: 1990, New Hampshire
Professional Webpage: http://www.vaclegal.com/our-company/our-staff/christopher-t-...
- Supreme Court of the United States, 2019
- United States Court of Federal Claims, 2013
- United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1991
- Massachusetts, 1990
- New Hampshire, 2004
- North Carolina, 2011
- Florida, 2020
- Boston College Law School, JD, graduated 1990 cum laude, 1990
- University of New Hampshire, BA in Economics, graduated 1986 summa cum laude , 1986
- The New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association recognized me as the industry's Business Partner of the Year, 2017, on account of my advocacy on behalf of the industry and its various members in court as well as before federal and state boards and commissions. It was a great honor to receive such a recognition from those I have served over the years, Business Partner of the Year, NHLRA, 2017
- America’s Top 100 identifies the top 100 qualifying business litigators in each state. Selection is based on a comprehensive process to research, analyze and assess the backgrounds of professionals across the country. Criteria include an attorney’s lifetime legal achievements, professional experience, significant settlements and/or verdicts, peer reputation, client satisfaction, among other factors. Only attorneys who have litigated a matter with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake may be considered. With this most recent recognition, Chris becomes one of the less than 0.5% of active attorneys in the United States to receive this honor., Selected as among "America's Top 100 Bet the Company Litigators", America's Top 100, 2020
- Super Lawyer – Selected by Super Lawyers for Employment and Labor, New England - 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- I am AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and have been for over 15 years, Martindale Hubbell
- I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, and I serve on a number of its governing committees. I also serve as the corporate Secretary and member of the Executive Committee. The Health Center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 USC 254(b) and a deemed Public Health Service employer under 42 USC 233(g)-(n). The Health Center was established to address the lack of medical services in Lawrence and has since 1980 evolved to respond to emerging needs in the community and to meet patients' needs through its high quality, comprehensive primary care and its many programs and services for the community, 2018
- MSCC Realty, Inc. v. VDT Salons, Inc.: Judgment granted in favor of plaintiff on its motion to dismiss abuse of process and 93A counterclaims under the Massachusetts Anti-SLAPP statute. As counterclaims specifically complained about the filing of the underlying action and as the claimed damages were "inextricably entwined" with the costs of defending the underlying action, the counterclaims were not permitted under the statute due to their intended chilling effect on Constitutionally protected petitioning activity. , 2020
- Commercial litigation (Declaratory Relief Action, Superior Court): Settlement, Lead Counsel (Seller)—Seller of business assets brought an action for declaratory relief to retain $1,000,000 deposit when Buyer terminated discussions and demanded return of deposit. Case settled with Seller keeping the entire deposit., 2019
- Reynolds v. Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC – Lead Counsel--Obtained Dismissal (Complainant withdrew his discrimination claim in mid-cross-examination, causing claim to be dismissed with prejudice to conclude public hearing). New York Division for Human Rights., 2017
- Kay v. Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC – Lead Counsel--Summary judgment granted for defendant by Barnstable County Superior Court on claims involving age discrimination and retaliation., 2017
- Tekeian v. CDM Smith, Inc. – Lead Counsel--Partial summary judgment granted in Middlesex County Superior Court concerning plaintiff’s wage claims. , 2016
- Lengua v. Uno Restaurants, LLC – Lead Counsel--Summary judgment granted for defendant in national origin discrimination case by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; no appeal taken., 2016
- Markwith v. Toyota of Nashua – Lead Counsel--Summary judgment granted by Merrimack County Superior Court on claims concerning identity theft and negligence., 2016
- Jason E. Clifton v. Uno Restaurants, LLC, et. al. --Lead Counsel--2016 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 215 (February 29, 2016)--Former Director of Creative Services sued the company for race discrimination after being selected for layoff among others as part of a reduction in force. The Superior Court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant, finding that the plaintiff had failed to supply sufficient evidence to show pretext when, among other things, those allegedly hired to replace him included at least one individual within the same protected class. The Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed the decision. The Supreme Judicial Court initially granted further appellate review instructing the Appeals Court to review the case again based on new precedent and the Appeals Court again affirmed the decision based on such precedent. The Supreme Judicial Court later denied plaintiff's second request for further appellate review and judgment was entered in favor of the defendants, 2016
- Norman v. Bertucci’s Corporation – Lead Counsel--Summary judgment granted for defendant in race and sex discrimination case by the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. , 2013
- Macer v. Bertucci’s Corporation – Lead Counsel, Obtained Defense Verdict on race discrimination claim tried before an Administrative Law Judge at the New York Division for Human Rights., 2012
- Berry v. WorldWide Language Resources, Inc. – Lead Counsel, Obtained Defense Verdict (fraud, negligent misrepresentation, defamation, emotional distress, malice/punitive damages) Plaintiff’s verdict (promissory estoppel). United States District Court for the District of Maine., 2011
- Richardson v. Friendly Ice Cream Corporation, --Lead Counsel--No. 08-2423, United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit (February 5, 2010). Former assistant manager sued company for discrimination on the basis of disability because the company terminated her employment when she could not perform her job after several months following a work related injury and after learning that her physicians could not reliably predict when she might be able to return to work. The United States District Court for the District of Maine granted summary judgment on the grounds that the former assistant manager could not perform all the essential functions of the job and the First Circuit affirmed, making new law regarding the evidence necessary to show what in fact constitute the essential functions of one's job and regarding the relevant time frame one should use when determining the employee's qualifications, 2010
- Seiple v. Friendly Ice Cream Corporation – Lead Counsel--Summary Judgment Granted in favor of Defendant (Sex Discrimination) United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania., 2009
- Gavrilovic v. WorldWide Language Resources, Inc. – Lead Counsel, Obtained Defense Verdict (Retaliation Claim) Substantially Reduced plaintiff’s verdict (Sexual Harassment Claim). United States District Court for the District of Maine., 2008
- Jenkins, et. al. v. Copeland, et. al.--Lead Counsel--Middlesex Superior Court Four former employees sued their former employer and its owner for fraud and breach of contract, seeking over $1 Million on account of alleged breach stock option agreements. The plaintiffs refused to settle and a verdict would have destroyed the defendant. After a six day trial, the jury took only 45 minutes to return a verdict for the defendant, 2006
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250 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101
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