Christine Samsel, a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt, is a highly respected employment attorney who has received multiple honors and awards, including Chambers USA¬ rankings, over 15 years of Martindale-Hubbell AV ratings, and 5280 “Best Lawyer” status. Admitted in multiple jurisdictions, including California, Colorado, Virginia and Washington, DC, Ms. Samsel has a comprehensive, coast-to-coast practice representing companies in virtually every aspect of employment law, ranging from advice and counseling, due diligence in corporate transactions, and contract negotiation to arbitration and litigation. With extensive administrative agency, trial and arbitration experience in employment matters, Ms. Samsel regularly defends companies and management in adversarial proceedings, and prosecutes and defends unfair competition and trade secret claims. Looked to as a leading resource on emerging labor and employment issues, Ms. Samsel frequently authors articles and speaks on a wide variety of topics, including social media issues, restrictive covenants, and other developments in employment law. Christine is a member of the firm’s Emerging Regulated Industries (ERI) group, advising employers and other entities on evolving medical and recreational marijuana issues and best practices as they pertain to employees and patrons. Ms. Samsel has spoken on panels across the country addressing these issues, including the BD|West and BD|NY Boutique Design Trade Association events, the Hawaii State Bar Convention, the Annual Environmental and Emerging Claims Managers Association Conference, and the Employers Health Annual Conference, and she has published several articles on these evolving legal issues.