Christopher M. McNerney — Class Action Employment Law Attorney New York City

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Christopher M. McNerney


CHRISTOPHER M. MCNERNEY is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York and is a member of the firm’s Class Action, Discrimination and Retaliation, and Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Practice Groups.  Mr. McNerney represents employees in class action discrimination, wage and hour and FCRA cases, as well as individual litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including criminal background checks, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, executive and professional contracts and compensation.  He also serves on the Firm’s Public Interest Committee, helping to oversee O&G’s commitment to pro bono representation of low-income clients who otherwise could not afford lawyers for their employment-related claims. 

Before joining the firm, Mr. McNerney clerked for the Honorable Sarah Netburn in the Southern District of New York. 

During law school, he served as a student advocate in NYU’s Employment and Housing Discrimination clinic, representing a client in her discrimination claims.  Among other activities, he also worked as a research and teaching assistant for Professor Arthur Miller, participated as a student advocate in the Unemployment Action Center, and served as an articles editor for the NYU Annual Survey of American Law.

Mr. McNerney earned his B.A., cum laude, from Macalester College in 2005, and his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 2012.

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Bar Admissions & Professional Activities

  • Mr. McNerney is admitted to practice law only in New York.

  • Mr. McNerney is admitted to the following federal courts: The United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the Western District of New York; and the Eastern District of Michigan; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Third Circuit and the Ninth Circuit.

  • New York State Bar Association

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New York (NELA/NY)

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Speaking Engagements


  • Speaker: "Fighting for Legal Justice in the Workplace and Beyond," #AskAnExpertSeries, #AskAnExpertSeries, Webinar



  • Speaker, Moderator: "Using Criminal History in the Workplace," Fordham Law School, NELA/NY Fall 2018 CLE Conference, New York, NY
  • Presenter: "Applying for Work in California With a Prior Conviction," Impact Fund, Summer Webinar Series
  • Panelist: "Introduction to Public Interest Law Firms," New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Center, New York, NY


  • Panelist: "Introduction to Public Interest Law Firms," New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Center, New York, NY
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Publications & Articles

NYC Expands Worker Protections Under Its “Ban the Box” Ordinance

Christopher McNerney, O&G Employment Law Blog, January 13, 2021

ACDs Now Off Limits in New York Hiring and Employment Decisions

Christopher McNerney, O&G Employment Law Blog, April 24, 2020

Written Testimony of Outten & Golden LLP on Proposed INT. NO. 1314-A, A Proposed Amendment to Fair Chance Act

Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction: Law, Policy and Practice

Contributors: Juno Turner and Christopher M. McNerney, Thomson Reuters, Chapter 6, 2018-2019 Edition

LA's New "Ban the Box" Ordinance is the Nation's Strongest

Christopher M. McNerney, O&G Employment Law Blog, February 24, 2017

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Awards & Recognition

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