Chrissy Roussell Willis
Lecturer in Law
Christiane Roussell Willis teaches Human Resource Compliance online for USC Gould School of Law, and is Counsel in the Employment Services Group at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP in Los Angeles. She provides human resources and employment-related counseling and training to employers on a wide variety of issues, including recruiting, hiring, terminations, performance management, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, and workplace violence. She also conducts workplace investigations and audits of workplace policies and procedures. In her litigation practice, Roussell Willis represents employers in complex and single-plaintiff labor and employment matters, including wage and hour class and collective actions and litigation of claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, employee raiding, and trade secrets.
Roussell Willis previously served as Senior Counsel in the Employment Litigation Group at 21st Century Fox in Los Angeles where she counseled Fox businesses on various employment issues, conducted employee trainings, and managed outside counsel representing Fox on employment matters. Prior to Fox, Roussell Willis practiced at the law firms Morgan Lewis and Hunton & Williams, as well as served in a human resources role at Broadcom Corporation.
Roussell Willis serves on the Board of the California Bar Foundation and the Ambassadors Council of the California Minority Counsel Program. Roussell Willis is a Past President (2015) of the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles. She has also served on the California State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness, the Board of the California Young Lawyers Association, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Barristers Executive Committee. In 2011, Roussell Willis was honored as one of the Top 40 Lawyers under 40 by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. In 2013, she was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Roussell Willis is also an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Smart Set, an African-American women’s charitable and social organization.
Roussell Willis is a Los Angeles native. She received her BA in English from Georgetown University in 2003, her JD from USC Gould School of Law in 2006, and her Human Resources Management Certificate from Loyola Marymount University in 2009. While at Gould School of Law, she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and the Post-Conviction Justice Project, and was the Co-Executive Director of Street Law.