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Chris W. Burks

Chris W. Burks

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  • Employment Law, Family Law, Education Law
  • Arkansas, Texas
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Represent businesses and employees in breach of contract disputes and labor and employment law matters involving misclassification, minimum wage, overtime and off-the-clock violations across the county.

Licensed in Texas and Arkansas, and with federal court appearances in Ohio, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Mississippi.

Weekly research, draft, and file pleadings and argue cases before state and federal court and administrative tribunals. Represent individuals and families in a variety of matters including successfully winning lawsuits against the City of Little Rock over taxi license monopoly and also over political fundraising.

Also has represented individuals and families in a variety of matters including child and adult guardianships, adoptions, custody and visitation disputes, child support cases, divorces with business valuation issues, as well as breaches of fiduciary duties in probate.

Represent political party and counsel client weekly on contract formation and litigation avoidance, state regulatory and election law, campaign finance and First Amendment law. Coordinate with multiple stakeholders and leaders across a large political and campaign structure.

University of Arkansas School of Law
J.D. (2010)
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Davidson College
B.A. (2010) | Political Science
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Professional Experience
Member Attorney
Sanford Law Firm
Law clerk
U.S. District Court
Articles & Publications
Is the Trend Back to Sovereign Immunity?
The Arkansas Lawyer
Speaking Engagements
Sovereign Immunity, Faulkner County Bar Association, Conway Arkansas
Professional Associations
State Bar of Texas  # 24105111
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Arkansas Bar Association
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Pulaski County Bar Association
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Arkansas Trial Lawyer Association
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National Employment Lawyers Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arkansas Judiciary
ID Number: 2010207
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State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 24105111
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Education Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. My job makes us clock in and go to the floor to work 15 minutes early but no pay is issued for the time. Is that legal
A: Thanks and if you are not paid for the 15 minutes before your shift, then you may have a minimum wage or overtime claim depending on your rate of pay and hours worked. Additionally, if you have an adverse employment action against you because you took action on your wage rights, you may also have a retaliation claim as well. You should speak with an employment law attorney to discuss your rights.
Q. My job refuses to listen to me and properly accommodate me for my disability. They want to move me to a lower paying.
A: Thanks and you should speak with an employment law attorney. They can likely tell you if the accommodation you seek is reasonable, and if your situation is covered by the law. The law that likely applies is the Americans with Disabilities Act, called the ADA, protects against disability discrimination. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees. It is a violation of the ADA to fail to provide reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified individual with a disability, unless to do so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of your business.
Q. Can a school district prevent you from teaching for the next school year if you request release from your contract?
A: Thanks and you should speak to an Arkansas employment and education law attorney. The Arkansas Teacher Fair Dismissal Act does provide some protections to teachers, and many districts will release teachers from their contracts under circumstances similar to the ones you identified. By working with an attorney, perhaps your district would do the same. In particular, your concern for your safety should be communicated in writing to your district.
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