Christopher R. Hedican's practice focuses on employee benefits and litigation, defending all types of employment claims, including discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, employment torts and public policy claims. A substantial part of his practice includes non-compete, business tort, trade secret , and fiduciary litigation. He also regularly handles litigation involving self-funded ERISA benefit plans, fully insured benefit plans and third party administrators. Such claims involve equitable subrogation and benefit denial. He regularly defends cases in state and federal courts for firm clients throughout the country, but particularly in the Midwest. Chris is a partner and member of the firm's executive committee.

Chris graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 1990. He was conferred a Master's of Business Administration from the John M. Olin Graduate School of Business of Washington University in St. Louis in 1990. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Creighton University in 1986.

Since 2003, Chris has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Employment Law and Labor Law. He has also been named in Chambers USA (© 2013) since 2001. He is listed in Super Lawyers (© 2013) - Top Ten in Nebraska since 2010, and is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

 

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  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • John M. Olin Graduate School of Business of Washington University in St. Louis, MBA, 1990
  • Creighton University, B.S., cum laude, 1986
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Business Advisory Committee, Bellevue University
  • Heart Ministry Center, Vice President, Board of Directors
  • Ollie Webb Center, Board of Directors
  • Morningstar Preschool Parent Advisory Committee, President
  • Heart Ministry Center, President
  • Labor and Employment Law Committee, USLAW, President
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Court of Appeals Second
  • Iowa, 1999
  • Kansas, 1990
  • Missouri, 1991
  • Montana, 2005
  • Nebraska, 1992
  • North Dakota, 2010
  • South Dakota, 2006
  • Utah, 2016
  • Wyoming, 2002
  • United States Supreme Court, 2002
  • United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1996
  • United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, 2011
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, 2011
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2012
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, 2001
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 2000
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas, 1990
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1991
  • United States District Court for the District of Montana, 2006
  • United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 1992
  • United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, 2003
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah, 2016
  • United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, 2006
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1993
  • United States District Court for the District of Wyoming, 2013
  • Obtaining several appellate verdicts affirming substantial equitable relief under ERISA
  • Obtaining dismissal of WARN Act class action complaint
  • As appellate counsel, obtaining reversal of $1.4 million verdict in favor of former employee on breach of contract claim
  • Obtaining substantial attorneys' fee award for employer defendant in age discrimination case for plaintiff's bad faith litigation
  • Obtained Trade Secret jury verdict in excess of $1.250 million - largest trade secret jury verdict in Nebraska
  • Successfully prosecuting several actions to obtain injunctive relief and damages for former employee's breach of non-compete agreement
  • Obtaining employer jury verdict in highly publicized retaliation and breach of public policy claim against national retailer
  • Successfully representing national technology company in action against formervice president and competitor for conspiracy to breach fiduciary duties and unlawful restraint of trade
  • Chapter Editor for BNA’s treatise, Age Discrimination in Employment Law (2015)
  • “McDonnell Douglas: Alive and Well!” Vol. 52, No. 3 Drake Law Review 383 (2004)
  • Co-author of “The 1993 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Their Anticipated Impact on Employment Litigation,” Vol. 28, No. 4 Creighton Law Review 997 (1995)


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