Christopher J. Stevens - Labor & Employment attorney - Nixon Peabody LLP

Christopher J. Stevens

Chris Stevens is a member of the Labor & Employment practice group. He handles employment litigation and provides employment-related advice and counsel across a wide variety of industries.

What do you focus on?

Representing employers confronted with people, payroll, and other problems that arise in the context of the employment relationship. My practice focuses on litigation, though I also provide employment-related advice and counsel to clients across a wide spectrum of industries.

Employment Litigation

I represent employers in all phases of litigation. I regularly handle cases filed in both state and federal court. I also defend clients against employment-related claims before various administrative agencies including the EEOC, the NLRB, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the Department of Labor. I have experience litigating wage-hour class actions seeking unpaid overtime, collective actions brought under the FLSA, and single plaintiff lawsuits alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

I view cases that clients entrust me to handle as problems to solve and pride myself on developing practical solutions to them in an efficient way.

Compliance and Counseling

I also provide strategic advice and counseling on a variety of employment-related legal issues including handbook/policy development, terminations, performance management, overtime eligibility, reasonable accommodations, and leave requests. My proactive advising includes providing trainings on various topics including harassment, wage-hour compliance, and more.

Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, I served as in-house employment counsel at Goldman Sachs. My in-house experience enables me to understand and appreciate how clients are looking at a problem and how outside counsel can add value during the collaborative process of working with a client to develop solutions that work for their unique business.

What do you see on the horizon?

The evolution and further adoption of tools that leverage machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence is going to be enormously impactful over the course of the next decade. Those developments will impact almost every conceivable aspect of business, and of life. I’m fascinated to see what impact this will have generally and will be especially keen to see how they play out in the contexts of the employment relationship and the practice of law.


  • “FLSA Changes and Wage Theft Protection Act Notices,” The HR Advisor, August 3, 2016 (co-author)
  • “Keeping Up With Evolving Cybersecurity Regulations,” New York Law Journal, June 6, 2016 (co-author)
  • “An Empirical Study of Dissent at the Third Department,” 74 Albany Law Review 913, 2011
  • “Beating Around the Bush: Reforming the Political Question Doctrine and Creating a Necessity Based Exception,” Center for Judicial Process blog, Spring 2011

On the move

New York Law Journal | May 16, 2022

This roundup of recent attorney hirings and promotions across New York state features the arrival of Albany Labor & Employment counsel Vince Polsinelli and Chris Stevens to the firm.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | May 13, 2022

This roundup of notable legal industry news and attorney moves includes the arrival of Albany Labor & Employment counsel Vince Polsinelli and Chris Stevens to the firm, highlighting that Vince is returning after previously working at NP.

Nixon Peabody adds two labor and employment attorneys

Law360 | May 11, 2022

This article features the arrival of Albany Labor & Employment counsel Vince Polsinelli and Chris Stevens to the firm, highlighting that Vince returns after previously working at NP for about 12 years. The article details a longstanding connection between their families as well as a look at their previous experience. Labor & Employment practice group leader Tara Daub, of Long Island, is also quoted in the story.


Christopher J. Stevens



Phone: 518-427-2737

Fax: 833-755-3041

Albany Law School, J.D.

Syracuse University, B.A.

New York

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

  • Recognized as an Upstate New York “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine
Back to top