Chris S. Thrutchley

Since 1993, Chris Thrutchley has counseled employers regarding best labor and employment law practices and has defended employers in labor and employment litigation around the country.   Chris’s complementary experiences as Chief of the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights Enforcement (OCRE) and as an HR director for one of Tulsa’s largest unionized employers give him unique and valuable insight on labor, employment, and employee relations issues.

Since 2016, Chris has served as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s national panel of employment law arbitrators.  Chris arbitrates employment disputes around the country.  Chris also has been retained as an expert witness to testify regarding best HR and employment practices.

Chris has been certified by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).  He has been a member of the American Inns of Court Hudson, Hall, Wheaton Chapter; a past Chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section; a past VP of Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Tulsa Area HR Association; a past VP of Programs for the Tulsa EEO Coordinators Association; and a former board member of the OBA’s Young Lawyers Division.

Chris is a frequently requested author and speaker on labor, employment, and HR topics and regularly provides training on compliance with all major labor and employment laws and on best employment practices for minimizing risk of costly liability.  Representative training topics that Chris provides employers include:

  • Effective Recruiting, Selection, and Hiring
  • How to Discipline and Discharge without Fear of Claims
  • Harassment Prevention Training
  • Discrimination Prevention Training
  • Successfully Navigating the ADA Interactive Accommodation Process
  • What Every Supervisor Needs to Know About the ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Comp
  • Avoiding Wage and Hour Claims
  • Avoiding Unfair Labor Practice Charges
  • Retaliation Prevention Training
  •  Complying with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Act


J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law, 1993

B.A., Graceland University, 1989


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American Inns of Court
Oklahoma Bar Association
Tulsa County Bar Association
Tulsa Area HR Association
Tulsa HR Compliance Association