Chris Vaught was born in Cumberland, Maryland in 1976. He graduated from Stilwell High School in 1994 and initially attended Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma. After transferring to Northeastern State University, he graduated, summa cum laude, with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice under the Paralegal option. In 2003, he received his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Mr. Vaught is licensed to practice law before all courts and tribunals in the state of Oklahoma, and has been with the firm since 2003. The primary focus of his practice is in labor and employment law. Mr. Vaught represents employees in all manner of discrimination claims, including sexual harassment claims, as well as civil rights violations, Family and Medical Leave Act retaliation and discrimination claims, workers’ compensation retaliation claims, and wage and hour disputes. Mr. Vaught also accepts cases involving fraud against the government, generally referred to as qui tam or False Claims Act cases.
Mr. Vaught is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Tulsa County Bar Association and the Oklahoma Employment Lawyers Association. He is also an avid Jimmy Buffet fan who has created his own tropical paradise in Tulsa by transplanting palm trees into a climate where they really should not exist.
Year Joined Organization: 2003
Areas of Practice:
Workers Compensation Retaliation
Family and Medical Leave Act
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (race, age, gender, national origin, and religious discrimination)
Americans with Disabilities Act
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
Department of Labor / OSHA anti-retaliation provisions (AIR21, STAA)
Wage and Hour violations under state and federal law (unpaid overtime, misclassification claims)
Nursing Home Negligence
Civil False Claims Act / qui tam
Homeowner Association law
Litigation & Appeals
Employment Law – Employee
University of Tulsa College of Law, Juris Doctor 2003
Northeastern State University, 2000
Bachelors in Criminal Justice / Paralegal option
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Oklahoma Bar Association, Member
Tulsa County Bar Association, Member
Oklahoma Employment Lawyers Association, Member
Oklahoma Super Lawyers, Rising Star – Plaintiff’s Employment Law, 2009-2013
The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40
Martindale Hubble AV Rating: 4.8 out of 5.0
Smith v. Cochran, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 339 F.3d 1205 (10th Cir. 2003) (co-wrote appellate brief while in law school).
Borchert v. The State of Oklahoma, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 2006 WL 228913 (N.D. Okla.).
Stehm v. The Nordam Group, Inc., Court of Civil Appeals of Oklahoma, 2007 OK CIV APP 94, 170 P.3d 546.
Sharp v. Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 2009 WL 499375 (N.D. Okla.).
Banda v. Baptist Village Retirement Communities of Oklahoma, Inc., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 2009 WL 5216927 (N.D. Okla.).
Hamrick v. State of Oklahoma, ex rel. Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Oklahoma Supreme Court, 2011 OK 60, 258 P.3d 509.
Hale v. Spears Wrecker Service, LLC, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 2011 WL 1930670 (N.D. Okla.).
VanSkyock v. Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 2012 WL 1410268 (N.D. Okla.)