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Chris Houk

Attorney (480) 569-2377 Employment & Labor Law

Since 2005, Chris Houk has focused on defending the rights of Arizona’s workers, managers, and employers. From small town discrimination cases all the way to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Chris has fought time and again to make sure that you are treated fairly–with the dignity and respect you deserve.

Chris has worked for the Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, giving him unique insight into Arizona laws and regulations.

Chris is an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, serves on the board of the National Employment Lawyers Association, is a Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section, is a member of the Diocese of Phoenix Finance Council, and is a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation.

Chris, his wife, and three children are active members of the Arizona and Metro Phoenix communities.



About Education

  • Graduate with honors Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona
  • Graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU 

Bar Admissions

  • State of Arizona 

Professional Affiliations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association - Jul 2022-Present
    National Board Member - Currently serving on NELA's National Board, becoming its Treasurer in June 2023
  • Act One - Apr 2021-Present 
    Board Member - Selected to board which gives thousands of students access to the arts
  • Owner- Houk Law Firm 2019 to Present
  • Partner- Gillespie, Shields, Goldfarb, Taylor & Houk 2019-2019
  • United Cerebral Palsy - Aug 2018-May 2022
    Trustee - elected to serve on the National Board of United Cerebral Palsy
  • Rio Salado Business Bank (Proposed)  - Vice Chair - Board of Directors - Mar 2018-Feb 2021
  • Diocese of Phoenix Finance Council - Jan 2018-Dec 2023
  • National Employment Lawyers Association - November 2015-Present
    Member of the largest group of lawyers representing employees in the nation.
  • Valley Youth Theater - Board Member - Jan 2017-Jun 2020
  • Arizona Employment Lawyers Association - Treasurer - Nov 2015-Feb 2022
  • Attorney Gillespie, Shields, Durrant & Goldfarb 2015-2019
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church - Stewardship Committee - Nov 2013-Jul 2019
  • American Bar Association, Employee Rights & Responsibility Committee - Oct 2013-Present
    Member - currently co-chair of the Social Media ERR Committee
  • Black Board of Directors Project - Jan 2013-Present
    Attend networking events with leaders in the business and political community.
  • Trial Attorney- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2009-2015
  • Assistant Attorney General- Attorney General’s Office 2005-2009
  • Associate Attorney- Gillespie and Associates 2001-2005
  • Law Clerk - Office of Honorable Jack B. Kirsten 2000-2001

Honors and Awards

  • Dr. Charles R. Campbell Outstanding Alumnus Award - Given by: Black Board of Directors Project. 2016
  • Most Shelter Visits- New Attorney Volunteers - Given by: ASU Homeless Legal Assistance Project. 2001


  • Southwest Arizona Bank (Proposed) - Vice Chairman- Board of Directors 2018- Present
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix - Finance Council - Compensation Committee Member 2017-Present
  • Diocese of Phoenix- Finance Council Member 2017- Present
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow 2016- Present







Houk Law Firm

The information provided is informational only, does not constitute legal advice, and will not create an attorney-client or attorney-prospective client relationship. Christopher R. Houk is licensed to practice law in Arizona. © 2023

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1850 N. Central Ave
Suite 2010
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 480-569-2377
Se Habla Español



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