For more than a decade, Chip has advised clients across a broad range of industries—including health care, hospitality, entertainment, international shipping and viticulture—on a variety of labor and employment matters. He began his legal career as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and has extensive experience settling disputes, drafting collective bargaining agreements and handling purchase-sale agreements, reductions in force, bargaining and effects bargaining, neutrality agreements and strike contingency planning. Chip frequently provides clients counsel in the drafting of employee handbooks, drug and alcohol testing policies, enforceability of arbitration agreements, as well as with regard to various wage and hour issues and labor matters under the NLRA.
Chip's position as a former attorney for the National Labor Relations Board has allowed him to build a deep and varied skill set for investigating, responding to and negotiating settlement agreements for unfair labor practices.
Before Fox Rothschild
Chip began his legal career as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, serving as an attorney to board members as well as for the NLRB Office of Appeals and Region 31.
Chip also served as counsel to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, where he supported the president and vice president of the company in various issues related to labor law and assisted various studios in effectively arbitrating grievances.
- Drafted initial proposals for a collective bargaining agreement on behalf of a hotel management company.
- Won an arbitration concerning premium pay for a construction industry employer.
- Successfully defended an auto dealership in an NLRB case wherein the general counsel sought employee reinstatement and a bargaining order.
- Defended a winery in a California Agricultural Labor Relations Board matter that involved numerous unfair labor practice charges, including bad faith bargaining.
- Successfully pursued a 10(k) relief against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers in a jurisdictional dispute at the Port of Seattle.
- Formulated and executed a strategy in terminating stevedoring operations (closure of subsidiary) with the Port of Oakland.
- Represented a hospitality client in drafting and negotiating labor provisions in a purchase-sale agreement for a hotel.
- Prepared and drafted collective bargaining agreements with the Basic Crafts unions.
- Settled a dispute between a union and a studio.
- Investigated an entertainment industry case regarding an alleged discriminatory discharge for attempting to organize the facility, and the employer’s defense that the employee possessed supervisory authority.
Honors & Awards
- Noted as the "Contributor with the Third Most Popular Article in the United States" by Mondaq (July 2014)