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Christopher Boucher

Education

Mr. Boucher was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. He received his legal education from the Abraham Lincoln University School of Law, where he was also a member of Delta Theta Phi, graduating cum laude in 2017. In addition, he received a professional certificate from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and attended the Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law School.

Professional Experience

Mr. Boucher’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, and his expertise includes representing employers in a union environment, including labor negotiations, changes to existing terms and conditions of employment and/or the effects of those changes, and the meaning and application of labor contract provisions. He also serves as trusted counsel to employers regarding workplace investigations, employee discipline, due process, grievance procedure issues, reasonable accommodation/interactive process issues, and other labor and employment law matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Boucher spent over a decade as a seasoned human resources executive with a broad spectrum of industry experience, including municipalities, public utilities, aviation, maritime, special districts, school districts, as well as higher education. Most notably, Mr. Boucher served as the Port of Oakland’s Director of Human Resources from 2014 to 2018, where he directed the Port’s human resources, labor relations, benefits, equal employment opportunity, leaves management and disability compliance, occupational health and safety, and workers’ compensation functions. Mr. Boucher also led two successful negotiations for successor memoranda of understanding with the Port’s labor unions during this time. In recognition of his accomplishments, Mr. Boucher was featured as one of 2016’s national “Top Five Rising Stars” by Human Resource Executive magazine and was awarded the Muriel M. Morse Achievement Award by the Western Region of the International Public Management Association in 2016. The firm’s clients greatly value his extensive practical human resources and labor negotiations experience, in addition to his legal skills.

Workplace Investigations

As an experienced workplace investigator, Mr. Boucher has conducted investigations related to workplace misconduct, sexual harassment, race discrimination, retaliation, sexual orientation harassment, theft, fraud, favoritism, misconduct, and abusive conduct. Mr. Boucher completed extensive training from the Association of Workplace Investigators and passed the rigorous examination to earn the Certificate Holder (AWI-CH) credential, in addition to serving as part-time faculty for the Association’s Training Institute for Workplace Investigators.

Mediation

In addition to his advocacy skills, Mr. Boucher has completed successfully the requisite training to serve as a mediator in compliance with Sections 466 – 471.5 of the Business and Professions Code. Mr. Boucher has successfully utilized his mediation training to achieve settlements on labor and employment matters.

Training

Mr. Boucher is an experienced trainer and has given management training programs on a variety of issues including unlawful harassments and discrimination, statutory leaves and disability accommodations, workplace investigations, labor negotiations strategies, bullying, due process rights, employee misconduct and discipline, the legalization of recreational marijuana and its impact to employers, violence in the workplace, and workers’ compensation fraud. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at a variety of conferences on labor and employment law topics, including legal updates and keynotes.

Published Articles

Mr. Boucher has written articles on topics such as workplace bullying, the legalization of recreational marijuana and its impact to the workplace, and general labor and employment law updates, which have been published by professional organizations throughout California.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Boucher is a member of the State Bar of California and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. He also holds memberships to the Alameda County Bar Association, the Association of Workplace Investigators, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

E-mail Address

cboucher@wprlaw.com