Christopher Owens is an Associate at Sanford Heisler Sharp.
Chris received his law degree from New York University School of Law, his master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and his undergraduate degree from Brown University. While at NYU, he was Senior Notes Editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics and Editor-in-Chief of the Supreme Court Forum. He spent his law school summers interning with Human Rights First and in the chambers of the Honorable Juan Toruella of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was awarded the Schulte Roth & Zabel Price for Excellence in Employment and Employee Benefits Law, and participated in NYU’s Housing Rights Clinic and Immigrant Defense Clinic.
Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Chris was a Justice Catalyst Fellow with Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, Texas, where he represented asylum seekers before the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal circuit courts.
Chris is a member of the Maryland and New York State bars.
When Chris is not lawyering, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, playing violin, and learning languages. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
- J.D., New York University School of Law
- MA., University of Michigan
- B.A., Brown University
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
On July 12, 2023, Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a class action lawsuit against Twitter and Elon Musk for failing to provide promised severance benefits owed to terminated employees, and for failing to communicate accurately and truthfully with employees about the severance plan benefits, in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
Wonderful attorneys and even better people
“At one of the most difficult times in a person’s life it is tremendously helpful to have calm, level-headed legal advice. That is exactly what I received from David Tracey, Alok Nadig, Chris Owens & Jamila Beesley. I cannot sing the praises of the exceptional attorneys at Sanford, Heisler, Sharp enough. Their knowledge, professionalism, and responsiveness is the benchmark for the legal profession. Wonderful attorneys and even better people.”
– Former Government Relations Executive
- Former Twitter employees claim Elon Musk owes $500 million in severance, Employee Benefits News, July 24, 2023