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Lionel M. Schooler

Concentration

Employment, Federal Court Business Litigation, Arbitration, Construction

Biography

Lionel M. Schooler has developed significant expertise in labor and employment law as well as business litigation (with an emphasis in federal practice). He has also served as an arbitrator in business, health care, construction, and employment disputes, as well as a consultant to parties on arbitration matters.

Mr. Schooler has practiced law for more than thirty-five years, following his completion of a clerkship with the Honorable United States District Judge Carl O. Bue, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Retired). His practice primarily focuses on management-side labor and employment law, which includes claims under all employment discrimination laws, wage and hour issues (such as exemptions and overtime) under the Fair Labor Standards Act, investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ERISA litigation, litigation involving protection or exploitation of trade secrets and confidential information and intellectual property, and enforcing or challenging covenants not to compete, federal arbitrations and litigation, appellate practice, bankruptcy and complex commercial litigation, construction litigation and arbitration, banking litigation, and real estate and title insurance litigation. Mr. Schooler's practice has also included tax litigation, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, general litigation, energy litigation, oilfield property litigation, and False Claims Act litigation.

Mr. Schooler has extensive experience in arbitration as an arbitrator on the Commercial and Employment Panels of the American Arbitration Association, and as an advocate and is now certified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for international arbitration matters. He has tried over 50 jury and non-jury cases, and he has argued numerous appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and in the Texas Courts of Appeals.


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Organization Membership

Mr. Schooler is a past Editor-in-Chief of the Houston Bar Association bi-monthly journal, The Houston Lawyer. He currently serves as Chair of the Houston Bar Association's Federal Practice Section, Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Section, and Treasurer of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Mr. Schooler also currently serves as a member of the Council of the State Bar of Texas' Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Mr. Schooler has previously served as Co-Chair of the Houston Bar Association's Historical Committee. He has also previously served on the Council of the Houston Bar Association's Section of Litigation, and of its Construction Law Section. Mr. Schooler is also a panelist on the American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators for Commercial and Employment Cases, and has completed training for service on the American Arbitration Association's Panel of Arbitrators for International Arbitration. He has been certified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. He has also been selected as a Supporting Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Community Involvement

Mr. Schooler is a past member of the Board of Trustees for The Alley Theater, the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Community Center of Houston, the Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Committee, and the Executive Board of the Community Relations Committee.


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Peer Recognition

In 2012, Mr. Schooler received the Justice Frank Evans Award from the State Bar's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He has also been named a "Super Lawyer" in Employment and Labor by Thomson Reuters (2012-2013).


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Speeches / Publications

Mr. Schooler is a Past Editor-In-Chief of the Houston Lawyer, the journal of the Houston Bar Association, and also served as a Past Editor of Appellate Lawyer, the monthly newsletter of the Houston Bar Association's Appellate Law Section.

Mr. Schooler has written numerous articles, and is most recently the author of:

  • "Limits on Judicial Involvement in Arbitrator Selection," published in Volume 7, No. 2 of the World Arbitration & Mediation Review (2013).
  • "The Latest on Arbitration," published in the Spring 2013 Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • "The Latest on Arbitration," published in the Winter 2012 Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • "The Latest on Arbitration," published in the Fall 2012 Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • "Developments in the Law of Employment Retaliation: Part III," published in the Spring 2012 Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section
  • "Developments in the Law of Employment Retaliation: Part II," published in the Winter 2011 Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section
  • "Developments in the Law of Employment Retaliation: Part I," published in the Fall 2011 Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section
  • "Using The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in Arbitrations: The Law of Un-intended Consequences," American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, ADR in Labor & Employment Law Committee Newsletter (September 2011)
  • "Labor and Employment Law Update," Texas Tech Law Review (May 2009)
  • "Ancillary Arbitration Issues In Construction Disputes," South Texas College of Law Construction Law Journal (Summer 2005)
  • "Arbitration 2002: Developments in the Law," State Bar of Texas' Antitrust and Business Litigation Section edition of Texas Business Litigation quarterly (Spring 2002)
  • "Employment Law in the Supreme Court, 2001 Term," The Houston Lawyer (July/August 2002)
  • "Professionalism in Summary Judgments: Finality and Appealability," The Houston Lawyer (March/April 2002)
  • "Arbitration in the New Century: Developments in the Law," The Houston Lawyer (March/April 2001)
  • "Developments in the Law of Disabilities Discrimination in Employment," State Bar Journal of Texas (June 2000)
  • "Arbitration Law at the Millennium," The Houston Lawyer (March/April 2000)
  • "Employment Law at the Millennium," The Houston Lawyer (January/February 2000)
  • "Disabilities Discrimination in Employment," The Houston Lawyer (July/August 1999)
  • "Arbitration 1999: Developments in the Law," The Houston Lawyer (November/December 1999)

Mr. Schooler has recently spoken on the following:

  • "Latest Developments in Arbitration (2013)," Annual State Bar of Texas Seminar on Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice (January, 2014)
  • "Best Practices in Employment Arbitration," Monthly Meeting of the Houston Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section (December, 2013)
  • "Developments in the Law of Employment Retaliation Claims," (Oct. 2013)
  • "Arbitration Update, 2012-13," Annual All-Day Seminar of the Houston Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (May, 2013)
  • "Latest Developments in the Law of Construction Arbitration 2013," Houston Bar Association's Construction Law Section (April, 2013)
  • "Drafting Arbitration Clauses for Executive Employment Agreements," a national webinar sponsored by the American Arbitration Association (August, 2012)
  • "Ethics in Arbitration for Arbitrators and Practitioners," Monthly Meeting of the Houston Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section (July, 2012)
  • "Ethics in Arbitration for Arbitrators and Advocates," Monthly Meeting of the Houston Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (February, 2012)
  • "Developments in the Law of Employment Retaliation," Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference University of Texas Law School (May, 2012)
  • "Arbitration Update, 2011-12," Annual All-Day Seminar of the Houston Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (May, 2012)
  • "Conducting Ethical Workplace Investigations," Monthly meeting of the Houston Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section (July, 2011)
  • "I Didn't Know You Couldn't Do That: Developments in the Law of Employment Retaliation Claims," Texas Association of Business/Society for Human Resource Management Joint Statewide Annual Seminar, San Antonio (July, 2011)
  • "Latest Developments in the Law of Arbitration 2010-2011," Houston Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Annual All-Day Seminar (May, 2011)
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Prohibits Retaliating Against Third-Parties in the Workplace" (January, 2011)
  • "Latest Developments in the Law of Construction Arbitration 2010," Houston Bar Association's Construction Law Section (January, 2011)
  • "Practical Guidelines for Drafting Clauses for Covenants Not to Compete, Trade Secret Protection and Arbitration" (November, 2010)
  • "Trying Employment Cases In Harris County District Courts," serving as moderator and author for a presentation including local State District Judges to the Houston Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section (September, 2010)
  • "Basic Standards for Non-Exempt Employees," Annual Texas Payroll Conference (September, 2010)
  • "Corralling Corporate Communications In The Workplace Related to the Use of Social Media" (March, 2010)
  • "Impact of 2009 and 2010 (Proposed) Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" (March, 2010)
  • "Latest Developments in the Law of Arbitration, 2009-2010," Houston Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section's Annual All-Day Seminar (May, 2010)
  • "Confronting Privacy Issues in the Workplace" (February, 2010)
  • "Practical Aspects of Drafting Sample Arbitration Clauses," Houston Bar Association's Probate Estate and Trust Section (October, 2009)
  • "Latest Developments in the Law of Arbitration, 2008-2009," Houston Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section's Annual All Day Seminar (May, 2009)
  • "Texas Law on Covenants Not To Compete," Houston Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel of America (October, 2008)

Mr. Schooler is also the author of:

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Education

B.A. history, with departmental honors, University of Pennsylvania

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
  • Member, National Order of Barristers
  • Member, Texas Law Review;
  • Winner, 1974 Intramural Mock Trial Competition;
  • Finalist, 1974 Hildebrand Moot Court Competition (selected as Best Advocate)
Bar Admissions

  • 1975, Texas
Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas
  • United States Tax Court
 
 
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