Walter Christy is a Director in the Labor & Employment section of the firm’s New Orleans office. Prior to joining Coats Rose, he was a partner in the firm of Frilot Partridge where he practiced as a litigator in state and federal courts around the country, including several of the federal courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to the practice of law, Walter also served in the U.S. Army Reserve, as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Walter was inducted as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. An attorney with this distinction has proven to his or her peers, the bar, bench, and public that he or she possesses the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership.
Walter is married to Carolyn Guidry and has three daughters. He is also an avid tennis player and history buff.
Walter focuses on the representation of management in labor and employment matters, including the areas of employment discrimination, state and federal employment claims against employers, employee relations, contract negotiations, arbitration, OSHA, wage and hour cases, the development and implementation of drug and contraband control programs, government contractor obligations, as well as practice before the National Labor Relations Board. He has had extensive experience in defending companies in class action discrimination cases and was chief counsel in the case of Allison v. CITGO Petroleum Corp., 151 F.3d 402 (5th Cir. 1998) which affirmed the district court’s denial of class certification and is considered by many to be the seminal case on post-1991 Civil Rights Act class actions.
Walter’s labor and employment experience covers a numerous industries including construction, the offshore oil patch, inland river transportation, banking, healthcare, retail sales, manufacturing, oil and chemical refining, retail foods, among others. Several of his clients are national in scope and include Fortune 500 companies. His experience includes the successful representation of employers in numerous judge and jury trials in federal and state courts in cases involving employment discrimination, wage and hour violations, denial of benefits and state law claims around the country.
Walter has provided ongoing advice and assistance to corporate management concerning a myriad of employment issues, such as advising the Board of Directors of a major bank regarding the handling of a potential sexual harassment claim involving the bank’s CEO and advising a major oil company on corporate reorganization and downsizing.
Walter also has experience in the area of maritime law and has continued that practice with Coats Rose. His experience includes the defense of suits under the Jones Act and general maritime law, and seamen’s retaliation claims, among others.
Tulane University (B.A., 1964)
Tulane Law School (J.D., 1968)
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
U.S. Federal Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
U.S. Supreme Court
American Bar Association
Louisiana Bar Foundation
New Orleans Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Instructor, Labor & Employment Law – Construction Executive Program, University of Texas (2006)
Instructor, Labor & Employment Law – Construction Executive Program, Texas A&M University (1993-1995)
Awards & Honors
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2014)
Honors: Moot Court Board (Tulane)
Great Atlantic & Pac. Tea Co., Inc. v. Cottrell, 424 U.S. 366, 96 S.Ct. 923. 47 L.Ed.2d 55., U.S.Miss., February 25, 1976
Lawler v. QuikTrip Corp., 172 Fed.Appx. 873, 2006 WI. 787797, 32 NDLR P 79., C.A.10 (Okla.) March 29, 2006
Celestine v. Petroleos De Venezuela SA. 108 Fed.Appx. 180, 2004 WL 194 1739., C.A. 5 (La.), September 01, 2004
Celestine v. Petroleos de Venezuella S.A., 266 F 3d 343, 2001 WL 1090522, 86 Fair Empl.Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1462, 81 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 40,799, 50 Fed.R.Serv.3d 1420, C.A.5 (La.) September 18, 2001
Allison v. Citgo Petroleum Corp 151 F 3d 402 1998 WL 483970 81 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 501.73 Empl.Prac.Dec. P 45,426.. C.A.5(La.) 1998