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Chris Kwok

Chris M. Kwok, Esq.

Case Manager
Christine Smith
T: 212-607-2783
F: 212-751-4099
620 Eighth Ave., 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018


Chris M. Kwok, Esq. comes to JAMS as a well-known and highly sought after mediator of complex labor and employment disputes.

Mr. Kwok’s stellar reputation stems from a 15-year career at the New York District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where he mediated hundreds of employment disputes. During his tenure at the EEOC, Mr. Kwok also served for four years as supervisory ADR coordinator, where in addition to his own mediation work, he oversaw employment law mediations across all EEOC offices within the New York District Office region. Mr. Kwok is known for his ability to formulate creative and unique solutions to seemingly intractable employment disputes.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

At the EEOC, Mr. Kwok convened and mediated more than 1,000 employment law disputes involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Representative matters include disputes involving breach of employment contracts; discrimination (age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, mental or physical disability); employment benefits and executive compensation; Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); harassment; labor-management relations and labor disputes, non-competition; trade secrets; OFCCP/affirmative action; retaliation; sexual harassment; wage and hour claims; and wrongful termination.

At the EEOC, Mr. Kwok served with the White House Initiative Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and was also the founding chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander Network, the nationwide organization of the EEOC’s Asian American employees. He is an active presence in the labor and employment field as a trainer, lecturer and writer. With leading academics and practitioners, he has studied and written about diversity and inclusion in the mediation field. He has been invited to speak by the American Bar Association, Practising Law Institute, New York City Bar, New York County Lawyers Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association of New York, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, The Association for Conflict Resolution – New York chapter, New York University School of Law, Cardozo School of Law, Columbia Law School, Brooklyn Law School and many others. He has also visited law firms and insurance companies to help educate and promote the use of mediation in employment litigation.

In addition to his mediation work at the EEOC, Mr. Kwok served two years as a federal investigator in the EEOC’s Enforcement unit, where he investigated employment discrimination charges.

Mr. Kwok was born in China and raised in Queens. He was the founding co-chair of both the Labor & Employment Committee at the Asian American Bar Association of New York and the Dispute Resolution Committee at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

  • Asia Practice Committee, Co-Chair, 2017–Present
  • Issues Committee, Co-Chair, 2015–Present
  • AABANY MVP Award, 2017
  • Labor & Employment Committee, Co-Chair, 2014–2016

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

  • Dispute Resolution Committee, Founding Co-Chair, 2017

Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Greater New York

  • National Representative, 2017–Present
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York District Office, 2003–2018
    • Supervisory ADR Coordinator, Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit, 2014–2018
    • ADR Mediator, Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit, 2006–2014
    • Federal Investigator, Enforcement Unit, 2004–2006
    • Pro Bono/Contract Mediator, 2003–2004
  • Bar Admissions: California, 2000; New York, 2007
  • J.D., UCLA School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1996

Counsel Comments

    • "Chris was exceptionally well prepared, and we spent no time getting him up to speed. He was measured and successful in showing both sides the strengths and weaknesses in their cases. We would definitely use him again."
    • "Chris was a fantastic in a case I thought had no chance of resolving. He got it done. His wealth of experience is a given, but it was his ability to connect with my client (and establish trust) that ultimately got the case settled."



Practice Areas

  • Business & Commercial
  • Employment Law
  • Higher Education & Title IX


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