Christopher W. Weller Sr.

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150 South Perry Street (36104)
Post Office Box 2069 (36102)
Montgomery, Alabama

p: (334) 241-8066

f: (334) 241-8266

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Education:

J.D., cum laude, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 1987

B.A., Furman University, 1984

Bar Admissions:

Alabama, 1987

Admitted to Practice

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama

Supreme Court of Alabama

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Army Court of Military Appeals

Honors and Awards

Curia Honoris

Phi Gamma Mu

Law Review -- Casenote Editor, Cumberland Law Review (1987)

Chris Weller was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1987.  He received his B.A. in Political Science from Furman University in 1984 and a J.D., cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law in 1987, where he served as the Casenote Editor of the Cumberland Law Review.  Chris is an author and frequent speaker on employment law, trial practice and professional responsibility.

Chris has been practicing labor and employment law for more than 20 years and has successfully defended numerous clients in a wide range of lawsuits involving sex, race, age and wage discrimination.  Chris has represented the State of Alabama in three large employment class action cases, successfully defeating class certification in one case and decertifying an existing class in another.  Chris also has successfully defended and prosecuted wage and hour claims, non-compete agreement claims and ADA accessibility claims.

In addition to his labor and employment practice, Chris serves as County Attorney for Elmore County, Alabama, and as counsel for the Alabama House Republican Conference. He recently successfully defended several challenges to the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013, which established an innovative tax credit program to allow students in chronically failing public schools to attend other schools.  Chris also has provided campaign advice to numerous state and local candidates and is the author of the Alabama Chapter of West’s annual publication of Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance – 50 State Handbook.

Chris is married to Julia Weller, the first female Clerk of the Supreme Court of Alabama.  Chris and Julie have two children – Florence, age 12, attending Montgomery Academy, and Christopher, Jr., a graduate of The University of Virginia School of Architecture and co-founder of the 3D construction-scale design firm of Branch Technology, LLC.  When not practicing law, Chris is an avid gardener, runner and backpacker.  His bucket list includes backpacking in all the major National Parks in the United States.

Publications and Lectures

Lobbying PACS and Campaign Finance Reform - 50 State Handbook (Alabama Section), West Publishing Company (2006)

Christopher W. Weller, Professional Responsibility - Reynolds v. Department of Transportation, State of Alabama, et al., 6 ENGAGE - THE JOURNAL OF THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY'S PRACTICE GROUPS, 129 (May 2005)

Christopher W. Weller, Comment, See No Evil: The Divisive Issue of Minor's Access Laws, 18 CUMB. L. REV. 141 (1987)

Christopher W. Weller, Comment, Bowers v. Hardwick: Balancing the Competing Interests of Privacy and Morality, 16 CUMB. L. REV. 555 (1986)

C. Bonnell & Christopher W. Weller, Alabama Wrongful Death Damages No Longer Taxable, ALABAMA LAWYER (Sep. 1986)

"A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions" - Presented to the Alabama Department of Insurance (August 2005)

"Deposition Basics - Discovery and Depositions" - Presented to Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Deposition Workshop (February 2005 & December)

"Discovery & Depositions" - Presented to the Federal Bar Association (November 2004)

"Juror Misconduct - A Case Study" -- Presented to Alabama Defense Lawyers Association 2004 Winter Meeting

"Noncompete and Nondisclosure/Confidentiality Agreements in Alabama"- Presented to The Alabama Defense Lawyers Association 2003 Winter Meeting

"The ‘No-Contact' Rule and Institutional Parties" - Presented to the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association 2002 Winter Meeting

"December 1, 2000 Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" - Presented to the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Winter Meeting (March 2001)

Co-Author - "Communications with Employees of Parties Represented by Counsel and Related Ethical Issues" - Presented by Robert F. Northcutt to CLE Sponsored By Troy University

"Introduction to Employment and Labor Law in Alabama" - Recruiting, Advertising, Applications, Hiring, New Employee Inprocessing and Training and Documentation

"Alabama Fraud Law in the Wake of Foremost" - Presented to Alabama Defense Lawyers 1998 Winter Meeting

"1996 Amendments to the Alabama Mini-Code" - Presented to the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association 1997 Winter Meeting

Effective Time Keeping Made Simple, Presented to the Office of the Attorney General of Alabama (2008)

Don't Sue Me, I'm Only Here to Help (or how Remediation Contractors Can Avoid Lawsuit), Presented to the Environmental Law Section of the Alabama State Bar (June 2008)

"Eleventh Circuit 2008 Employment Law Update" - Presented to the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Fall 2008 Meeting and Winter 2009 Meeting

"Noncompete and NonDisclosure Agreements in Alabama," Presented on Behalf of Sterling Education Services, November, 18, 2008

Discovery: "What to Expect When You Get Sued," Presented to the Attorneys of the Office of The Attorney General of Alabama

The Devil Wears Prada & Pays Overtime - FLSA Electronic Overtime Claims - Presented at Capell & Howard 2014 Labor & Employment Law Conference

ADA Accessibility & Barrier Removal - Rules Regarding Handicap Parking - Presented at Capell & Howard 2014 Labor & Employment Law Conference

"New Overtime Exemption Rules & Travel Pay Rules" - Presented to SHRM (Society of Human Resources Managers) Montgomery (April 2016)

Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

Defense Research Institute

Alabama Defense Lawyers Association-Member of Board of Directors

American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Chapter – Treasurer 2003 to Present

Federalist Society

Alabama Kidney Foundation – Board Member

Kiwanis

Knights of the Holy Sepulcher (Catholic Charitable Organization Dedicated to Maintaining Holy Land Sites)

St. Peter's Catholic Church- Member and Past President of Parish Counsel

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Counsel for Alabama Republican House Conference

Montgomery County Republican Executive Committee

St. Peter's Parish Council

Alabama State Bar - Construction Law Section

Other Professional Experience

Associate, Burr & Forman, LLP (1991-95)

Captain, U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps (1987-1991)