Diamond McCarthy LLP
Christie Newkirk

Location

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1995)
  • University of Texas (B.A., summa cum laude, 1992)

Areas of Practice:

Admitted to Practice:

  • Texas

Christie Newkirk

Partner

(214) 389-5331

[email protected]

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Summary

With more than 20 years' experience representing employers and executives, Christie Newkirk’s work consists of five chief components:

Litigation: Representing employers in administrative proceedings and litigation of employment law claims, evaluating cases early, finding early resolution opportunities, and zealously advocating when resolution is not the best choice.

Counseling: Providing on-demand employment law advice to employers with HR problems large and small. This includes:

  • Discipline and terminations in high-risk scenarios (i.e., sexual harassment and assault cases, C-Suite misconduct, etc.);
  • Complicated leaves of absences governed by the FMLA, ADA and workers' compensation laws;
  • Reductions in force, including evaluating the legal risks of the proposed reductions, preparing necessary communications and severance agreements, and coordinating with outside consultants, such as PR firms;
  • Protection of confidential information and client relationships through confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements;
  • Proper classification of workers (e.g., exempt or non-exempt, contractor or employee); and
  • General preventative advice and counseling.

Investigations: Conducting confidential (often privileged) investigations of employee complaints. In this role, Christie serves as an objective fact-finder for the employer. Her goal is to provide all relevant facts through an efficient inquiry, allowing the client to better evaluate the appropriate response to a complaint. 

Training: Conducting a wide range of compliance training on behalf of employers. The trainings use real-life examples and are interactive. 

Executives: Christie also represents C-suite executives in the evaluation and negotiation of employment agreements (including non-competes and non-solicitation covenants), responding to allegations and investigations of misconduct, and the evaluation and negotiation of severance agreements.

News & Press Releases

  • Seven Diamond McCarthy Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Texas “Super Lawyers”, with One Additionally Recognized with Two “Top 100” Recognitions
  • Five Diamond McCarthy Attorneys Selected as "Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers
  • Two Great Lawyers Together Again, Diamond McCarthy's Labor & Employment Dynamic Duo
  • Diamond McCarthy Partner Christie Newkirk (Dallas) Receives Top Lawyer Recognitions
  • Diamond McCarthy Welcomes Partner Christie Newkirk to Dallas Office

Speeches & Publications

Awards / Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law Management and Labor Law, 2013-2020
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, Labor & Employment Law, 2012, 2015-2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2005-2019

Community / Civic Activities

  • Attorneys Serving the Community, Chair, Networking Committee, 2013-2018
  • Dallas Women’s Foundation, 2017, Grants Committee
  • Las Colinas Country Club (Board of Governors, 2018-2020; Chair, Membership 2018-2019; Board Chair, 2020)

Memberships

  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association, 2017-2018 (CLE Co-Chair, 2017-2019; Membership Chair, 2020)
  • Dallas Bar Association, Employment Law Section (Chair, 2004; Vice-Chair, 2003)
  • State Bar of Texas, Employment Law Section

 

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