Christian L. Raisner

Of Counsel

Telephone: (510) 337-1001

Northwestern University School of Law, 1985
University of Illinois at Chicago, BA, MA

Chris Raisner joined Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld in 1988. From 1975 to 1981 he was a member of the United Steelworkers of America Local 1834 in Chicago and Hammond, IN. He has been admitted to practice law in California, Wisconsin, all federal courts in California, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Hawaii, the United States Supreme Court, and other courts for particular cases.

Mr. Raisner has litigated many cases, at trial and appellate levels, on behalf of unions, benefit trust funds, and workers. He directs the Firm’s bankruptcy practice and participates with the Firm’s Litigation Group. Many of his cases have involved complex or novel issues with a large impact. For example, Beck v. PACE Int’l Union, 427 F.3d 668 (9th Cir. 2005) (pension reversion disallowed to employer committing fiduciary breach and new benefit created as remedy), Security Farms v. International Broth. of Teamsters, 124 F.3d 999 (9th Cir. 1997) (successful defense of strike damages case, with bankruptcy removal and withdrawal of reference); Lupiani v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., --- F.3d ----, 2006 WL 131786 (8th Cir. Jan. 19, 2006) (granting appeal, case to go forward based on improper information to employees about benefit plans); McMorgan & Co. v. First California Mortg. Co., 916 F.Supp. 966 (N.D. Cal. 1995) (ERISA fiduciary breach by servicer of construction mortgages), Barker, et. al. v. American Mobil Power Corporation, et. al., 64 F.3d 1397 (9th Cir. 1995) (fiduciary breach of company president for failng to pay promised benefits).

Practice Areas:
Employee Benefit Plans and Union-Related Trust Funds
Class Actions and Wage and Hour Litigation
Employment Discrimination