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Christian Antkowiak

Christian Antkowiak


Co-Chair, Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration Section

Pittsburgh, PA

How Christian Helps Clients

Christian co-chairs Buchanan’s Labor, Employment, Benefits and Immigration (LEBI) section, which is widely recognized as one of the largest and most respected within full-service law firms. With more than 60 practice-specific lawyers nationwide, the group has a proven reputation for providing progressive, industry-leading legal, business, regulatory and government relations advice to both regional and national clients. Along with colleagues in this group, The Best Lawyers in America® – a peer reviewed publication recognizing only the top 5% of lawyers in private practice – has selected Christian for inclusion in each of its editions since 2020 under the Employment Law – Management Litigation – Labor and Employment categories. 

Christian’s individual contribution to the practice of labor and employment law lies primarily in representing clients nationwide in complex litigation, for which he has built a reputation as a premier class and collective action litigator.  He also counsels numerous clients on topics such as wage and hour law, FMLA and ADA accommodation, FCRA compliance, separations of employment and restrictive covenants.  In this capacity, he serves as their de facto general counsel.

Recently, Christian successfully concluded litigation for, among others: energy industry clients in Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia in various wage and hour collective actions; healthcare clients in the South and across the Midwest in various EEO discrimination and retaliation matters; national and international retailers involving compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other public accommodation issues; and direct broadcast satellite and related service providers in arbitrations before JAMS and the AAA.    

Christian’s litigation experience is one of the reasons he is well-positioned to provide sophisticated and creative counsel to clients on a full range of issues – all with an eye toward navigating clients away from litigation. Put simply, Christian helps clients because he sees them as an essential business partner, and he is committed to understanding their business as an insider who can anticipate problems and provide value-added solutions. He is widely regarded as “extremely responsive” and attentive to business needs, timing and urgency. As a result, his representation fosters opportunities for clients to better grow their business.

Christian is also experienced in traditional labor relations, advising clients on union organizing, structuring favorable labor agreements through negotiations and trying labor arbitrations throughout the country. Notably, Christian was involved in litigating the first representation case to be held in Region 16 following the Board’s changes to representation-case procedures known as the “quickie election” rules.

Christian is a frequent lecturer on various employment topics at conferences across the country, a contributing author to nationally-renowned publication such as the American Bar Association Fair Labor Standards Act treatise, and is regularly quoted in the popular press and business publications on trends in labor and employment law.

What Clients Can Expect

Christian engages with his clients’ businesses, providing common-sense advice and counsel, not only related to the matter at hand, but also to their overall business objectives which impact their bottom line. Clients value his considered and realistic approach, clear communication and responsiveness. Christian prides himself on establishing and maintaining long-term relationships through his continued dedication to his clients’ needs.