Christopher W. Harmon


Office: Newport Beach

Direct: 949-519-2115

  • Professional Overview
    Christopher W. Harmon is a Partner of the Orange County office of O’Hagan Meyer LP. Mr. Harmon has successfully represented clients in a variety of complex employment and business litigation matters in both federal and state court. He has represented employers in an expansive range of industries, including medical, private and public country clubs, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, entertainment, construction, service industry, real estate, technology, transportation (trucking and shipping) and automotive. He prides himself on his ability to offer his clients with practical and creative solutions to defend existing, or threatened, single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits. Clients also look to him for advice and counsel before problems become active litigation matters.

    Mr. Harmon’s practice includes defending employers in a wide range of state and federal employment law disputes involving issues of wrongful discharge, discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, privacy rights, trade secrets, unfair competition, independent contractor agreements, employee benefits and wage & hour claims. Mr. Harmon also has substantial experience in defending employers in class action lawsuits, including matters involving allegations of misclassification of employees, failure to pay overtime, meal and rest break violations, unfair competition and other violations of the Labor Code, including Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims.

    Mr. Harmon and his team also provide preventative counseling to employers regarding all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including drafting and auditing employee handbooks, preparing employment and severance agreements, managing leaves of absence and accommodating disabilities, presenting sexual harassment prevention seminars, workforce restructuring, conducting workplace investigations, and evaluating termination decisions. He takes pride in offering clients practical advice and insights that allow them to make wise business decisions and avoid unnecessary expense and litigation.
  • Practice Areas
  • Education and Admissions


    • B.A. from University of California, Irvine.
    • J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.


    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California

    States Licensed

    • California
  • News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
    • Co-Authored with Barry Kaiman, “Alternate Fee Arrangements: Full Speed Ahead? Or Are They A Legal Speedbump With Many Ethical Issues?”, International Association of Defense Counsel Midyear Meeting, Carlsbad 2009.
    Professional Presentations
    • Co-Hosted Presentation with Jill Grothwall, “Returning to Work from COVID-19: Navigating Through Employer Concerns in Uncertain Times: An exploration of employment and workers’ compensation considerations as companies transition to reopen, restructure and manage their workplaces as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.”