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Christopher V. Bacon

Christopher V. Bacon Counsel, Labor & Employment

Chris' practice is primarily devoted to litigating employment matters on behalf of private employers. He has tried nearly 40 cases in front of judges and juries in both federal and state court in multiple jurisdictions, and has argued more than a dozen times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Chris often represents clients in governmental investigations and administrative proceedings brought under the National Labor Relations Act, the Occupational Safety Health Act (OSHA), and the Mine Safety Health Act (MSHA). Because of his familiarity with international employment law, and his fluency in Spanish and French, clients in Europe and Latin America seek Chris' advice when doing business abroad. He also counsels clients looking to hire foreign workers in the United States on immigration issues.

Experience Highlights

  • (E.D. Tex.); (5th Cir.) — Represented a client in a complex race discrimination class action trial involving in excess of 600 employees (co-counsel)
  • Counseled an international offshore drilling services provider on cross-border employment issues and international assignments
  • Advised a global oilfield services company on a discrimination claim involving international assignments
  • Counseled a global chemical company in international labor and employment matters
  • Advised the Houston Grand Opera in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and labor contracts
  • Advise energy companies, including a large multinational oil and gas company, in multiple OSHA and MSHA investigations
  • Advised a metal technology company in MSHA investigations into serious injuries related to an accident


Contact Details

T +1.713.758.1148
F +1.713.615.5014
cbacon@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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T +1.713.758.1148
F +1.713.615.5014
cbacon@velaw.com
666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103
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Chris' Practices

  • Harvard School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1990
  • University of Houston, B.A. summa cum laude, 1979; M.Ed., Mathematics Education, 1982
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; New York; United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and District of Columbia Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2001
  • Chambers USA, Labor and Employment (Texas), 2006–2018
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers List, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003–2017
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center, “Sexual Orientation and the Law”