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Christiane Roussell Willis

Christiane Roussell Willis

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: January 3, 2020




Christiane Roussell Willis is vice president of employee relations at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City. She provides Sony Pictures’ business units throughout the U.S. with human resources and employment-law related counseling and training 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.

Roussell Willis previously served as counsel at Davis Wright Tremaine in Los Angeles, where she had an employment counseling and litigation practice. Prior to DWT, Roussell Willis 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. She also practiced at the law firms Morgan Lewis and Hunton & Williams (now Hunton Andrews Kurth), as well as served in a human resources role at Broadcom Corporation.

Outside of Sony Pictures, Roussell Willis is a lecturer in law at the USC Gould School of Law, where she teaches HR Compliance. She also serves on the board of California ChangeLawyers (formerly known as the California Bar Foundation). She was an inaugural member and the first Chair of the Ambassadors Council of the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP). Roussell Willis is a past president (2015) of the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles. She has also served on the board of the California Young Lawyers Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Barristers Executive Committee. In 2016, she was one of the inaugural recipients of CMCP’s Marci Rubin Emerging Diversity Leader Award. In 2011, she was honored as one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. 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 received her BA in English from Georgetown University in 2003, her JD from the USC Gould School of Law in 2006, and her Human Resources Management Certificate from Loyola Marymount University in 2009. While at USC, Roussell Willis participated in Moot Court, the Black Law Students Association, the Post-Conviction Justice Project and was the co-executive director of Street Law.

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