Christopher D. Kanne practices in the area of employment law and litigation. Mr. Kanne has experience in cases involving claims of retaliation, wage and hour violations, discrimination, non-compete violations, breach of contract, defamation, and invasion of privacy.
Mr. Kanne is a 2013 graduate, with honors, of Emory University School of Law, where he was articles editor of the Emory Law Journal, and a graduate, with honors, of the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Finance.
Areas of Practice
- Defended company in multiple California class actions asserting numerous wage and hour claims.
- Defended employer in Missouri lawsuit from former salesperson asserting claims for retaliation and unpaid wages.
- Represented California manufacturer in appeal of numerous “serious” and “repeat-serious” OSHA citations.
- Advised employers in Georgia, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia on restrictive covenant issues, including non-competition, customer non-solicitation, employee non-recruitment, and confidentiality.
- Represented manager in Georgia lawsuit brought by former employer for alleged breach of restrictive covenants.
- Defended transportation company against defamation claim by former employee.
- Defended retailer in California age and disability discrimination case.
- Advised companies on employment, independent contractor, and vendor agreements.
- Defended employee in New York collection action arising from overseas debts.
- Defended employer and manager in Georgia lawsuit alleging that manager defamed former employee.
- Advised company in zoning dispute with Georgia municipality.
- Defended anonymous author of online review in defamation and tortious interference lawsuit.
- Represented Maine newspaper in defamation lawsuit.
- Defended university against claims that article in student newspaper was false and defamatory.
- Advised media company on newsgathering issues, including surreptitious recording and reporter’s privilege.
- Defended author of Facebook post against lawsuit asserting libel claims.
- Defended news station in defamation lawsuit. The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment for the news station. Ladner v. New World Communications of Atlanta, Inc. (Ga. Ct. App. 2017).
- Defended producer of COPS in invasion of privacy lawsuit. The trial court granted the producer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings. Butler v. Gwinnett County, et al. (N.D. Ga. 2016).
- Represented newspaper in defamation lawsuit, resulting in the trial court granting dismissal in favor of the newspaper. Wilkerson v. Langston Chapel Middle School, et al. (S.D. Ga. 2016).
- Represented reality television show in breach of contract action. The trial court granted the show’s motion to compel arbitration. Cook v. True Entertainment (Gwinnett St. Ct. 2014).
- Defended news station and production company against several subpoenas seeking newsgathering materials. All resulted in either the trial court quashing the subpoena, or the requesting party withdrawing the subpoena. See, e.g., State v. Presley (Fulton Super. Ct. 2016); State v. Spurlock (Fulton Super. Ct. 2016).
- Represented radio show and its hosts in defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuit. The trial court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment. Gabriela Gonzalez-Lamberson v. Davis Broadcasting Company (Gwinnett St. Ct. 2015).
- Defended reality show performer sued for defamation by a former manager. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the performer. Wright, Jr. v. Pate, et al. (Fulton Super. Ct. 2015).
- Defended customers who posted an online review in a defamation lawsuit by their building contractor. The trial court granted the customers’ motion for judgment on the pleadings. Viking Fence Company, LLC v. Denyer, et al. (Fulton Super. Ct. 2014).
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- Emory University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2013
- Articles Editor, Emory Law Journal
- University of Georgia, B.B.A., with honors, 2009
- Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2016-present
- Counts Law Group
- Associate, 2013-2016
Honors and Awards
- Named to Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch," 2021
- Co-author, "Is an Employee Protected from Discipline for Hurling Profane and Racist Insults During Collective Bargaining? The NLRB Provides Clarity," Duane Morris Alert, August 3, 2020
- Co-author, "Georgia Allows Most Businesses to Reopen to the Public: What Employers Need to Know," Duane Morris Alert, April 28, 2020
Co-author, "U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Changes to Nonexempt Overtime Regulations," Duane Morris Alert, April 8, 2019
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Speaker, "State Law Updates, Including COVID-19 Workplace Laws and Regulations," The New Reality of Workplace Law and Practice in the COVID-19 Era, Duane Morris LLP, Webinar, November 12, 2020