Christopher Gabriel

Christopher Gabriel

Christopher Gabriel is one of the leaders of Cafardi Ferguson Wyrick Weis + Stotler’s public sector labor, employment, and municipal law group.   Prior to joining CFWW+S Chris was a shareholder/ partner in his prior firm where he became well known in his field. Representing a wide variety of clients, writing and speaking in locations across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on labor, employment and municipal law matters.  He has extensive experience representing county and municipal government entities including authorities.  Chris and his group of associates represent more Pennsylvania Counties in labor and employment matters than any other law firm in the Commonwealth.  He focuses his practice on labor negotiations, grievance and interest arbitration, representation before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the State Civil Service Commission, and before the state and federal courts.  Chris also represents select clients as County or Municipal Solicitor.

Examples of Chris’ experience include:

  • Labor Contract Negotiations
  • Interest Arbitration
  • Grievance Arbitration
  • Labor Law and Personnel Matter Counseling
  • HR Consulting and Advice
  • Defense of Unfair Labor Practice Proceedings Before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board
  • Representation Matters before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board
  • Wage and Hour Issues with the Federal Department of Labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Transportation Matters, including Duty Hours Restrictions for Commercial Drivers
  • Municipal and County Pension Matters
  • HR Training for HR Professionals and Supervisory Level Employees Including:
    • Disciplinary Process
    • Proper Write Ups and Documentation
    • Sex Harassment
    • ADA and FMLA
    • FLSA Compliance
    • Technology in the Workplace
    • Police and Fire Fighter Issues

Some of Chris’ recent achievements include:

  • Negotiating several large union contracts establishing a new wage tier 20% below the existing wage rates
  • Dismissal of Unfair Labor Practice Charges after a Union Organizing Effort
  • Several Successful Union Decertification Matters
  • Management-Favorable Interest Arbitration Awards on Health Care and Wages
  • Management-Favorable Grievance Arbitration Awards in Both Contract Disputes and Discipline/Discharge Cases

Chris is known for his personal dedication to his clients.  He understands that they expect responsiveness and dedicated focus on their issues and he has worked for many years to build those values into a long-term client base.  He is committed to having every new client receive that same level of service.  Chris earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Prior to law school Chris attended St. Vincent College and earned his B.A. in American History.  During that time Chris also served in the Pennsylvania National Guard in the 1/107th Field Artillery.  He went on to graduate school at Duquesne University, earning an M.A. in American History.