About Christian Bagin
Christian Bagin was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He began working for Wienand & Bagin in 1997 as a law clerk, and joined the firm as an attorney in 2000.
Mr. Bagin's practice is exclusively employment-related and concentrated in litigating plaintiffs' employment discrimination claims and defending select employers who are committed to preventing and eliminating discriminatory practices and treatment. He has represented clients in their claims against the city, county, state, and federal governments and school boards, and has practiced in Pennsylvania and Federal Court, as well as before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission, and U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.
Mr. Bagin was introduced to work at the age of nine, when he took a paper route in order to earn the twenty-five cent weekly dues required to join the Cub Scouts. Before starting his law career, Mr. Bagin worked for several years in national sales and marketing for importer/wholesalers in Manhattan and White Plains, New York. This work exposed him to both physical labor and supervisory responsibility, as well as personal interactions and varied experiences from the loading dock to the corporate suite.
Mr. Bagin was privileged to have learned the practice of law from his father, Bruce Bagin, until he passed away in 2006. A civil rights activist, Bruce worked for voting rights and open housing before his twenty-plus-year career with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as an Investigator and Supervisor of Investigations, then founded Wienand & Bagin. Long before there was a publicized national civil rights movement, he would stick up for others–even strangers-- who were being picked on or bullied because they were poor, or weak, or different. Mr. Bagin enjoyed the good fortune to be taught from a young age that he was bound by a moral imperative to actively oppose discriminatory comments and conduct wherever and whenever he encountered them. In his senior year, his classmates at Central Catholic High School named him, “Most likely to argue with God… and win.”
In 2008, Mr. Bagin joined the largest private national organization advocating for employees’ rights, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), where he is an active member. Mr. Bagin was first elected as Vice Chair in 2013, and currently serves as Chair and EEOC Liason for the local NELA affiliate, the Western Pennsylvania Employment Lawyers Association (WPELA).
Mr. Bagin has volunteered as a pro bono Unemployment Compensation advocate at referee hearings for Neighborhood Legal Services continuously since enrolling in the Duquesne University Law Clinic in 1999. In 2010, he joined the Southwest Post of the Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), volunteering to help educate service members and employers about the requirements of the federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of military service, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). In 2013, Mr. Bagin was honored to be trained and to begin serving as an ESGR Ombudsman, providing free mediation services to employers and service members to resolve workplace disputes.
He is regularly invited to speak and has lectured on a variety of legal topics at the annual Pennsylvania Bar Institute Employment Law West seminar and elsewhere.
Mr. Bagin was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 2000, and is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Bagin earned his B. A. in Political Science from Vassar College and graduated from Duquesne University School of Law, cum laude.