Chris W. Burks | Employment Attorney
Chris W. Burks
Chris Burks concentrates his practice in employment and personal injury.
Businesses, employees, and unions regularly turn to him for breach of contract disputes, and he has particular expertise in labor and employment law matters involving misclassification, severance, minimum wage, overtime, and ‘off-the-clock’ violations.
Frequently, his cases are class and collective actions, and often involve constitutional issues such as government regulation of business and labor, association, speech, and related issues.
About Chris W. Burks
Chris is a hard worker who enjoys tough challenges. Growing up in Little Rock, Chris learned that by working hard for your family and others, you can make a real difference.
Even though he is a licensed lawyer in Texas too and his cases have taken him across the country, Chris loves living in Arkansas, the Natural State. He frequently fishes, and is chasing a state record on the Arkansas River, where he often goes after church on Sunday.
Chris developed strong beliefs about never giving up on his family and life experiences. Chris has worked in inner cities and rural towns and has been everywhere from big city boardrooms to factory floors. He knows that at the end of the day all people and companies want the same thing—a fair shot and for someone to fight for them.
As a part of this competitiveness, Chris loves sports. He adores his two daughters and coaches one of their youth soccer teams. He likes the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, where he went to law school. His all-time favorite basketball player is Corey Beck of the 1994 Razorback national championship team. Beck may not have been the most talented player on the team, but he tried the hardest and was universally recognized as the ‘heart’ of the team.
Even though Chris has primarily worked on federal employment law cases for many years, he maintains a few select state court cases to keep his litigation skills sharp.
Chris gained experience through working as a lawyer for two Arkansas judges (Honorable Susan Hickey of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas and the Honorable Rhonda Wood of the Arkansas State Circuit Court, Twentieth Judicial District).
By working hard and not giving up, Chris has been instrumental in bringing several important and seemingly hard-to-win cases that have shaped Arkansas law and made a real difference. Some of his against-the-odds cases have overturned laws from the Arkansas Legislature, disclosed secret government records of the Arkansas Attorney General, and removed public officials from office and the ballot.