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Lionel M. Schooler

Concentration

Employment, Federal Court Business Litigation, Arbitration, Construction

Biography

Lonnie Schooler has developed significant expertise in labor and employment law as well as business litigation (with an emphasis in federal practice); his practice includes both counseling and defending clients in employment matters. Mr. Schooler tries cases and defends employers in federal and state courts and before federal and state agencies around the country. 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.

Mr. Schooler's practice primarily focuses upon management-side labor and employment law, which includes counseling clients and litigating on a nationwide basis claims under all employment laws, wage and hour claims (such as minimum wages, exemptions and overtime, particularly in the restaurant industry) investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission. Mr. Schooler's practice has also included ERISA litigation, trade secret and intellectual property litigation, enforcing/challenging covenants not to compete, bankruptcy litigation, banking litigation, construction litigation/arbitration, real estate and title insurance litigation, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, and energy litigation.

Mr. Schooler also has extensive experience in arbitration as an arbitrator on the Commercial and Employment Panels of the American Arbitration Association, and as an advocate. He was recently selected for inclusion by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is certified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for international arbitration matters. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and also of the Houston International Arbitration Club. He has served as an arbitrator in business, employment, health care, construction, and intellectual property disputes, as well as serving as a consultant to parties on arbitration matters.


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Organization Membership

Mr. Schooler currently serves as Chair of the Houston Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section and as Chair-Elect of the Houston Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He was recently elected Chair of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, beginning in June his service for the 2016-17 Term. He also currently serves on the Program Planning Committee of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section. He has previously served as Chair of the Houston Bar Association's Federal Practice Section, and on the Councils of the Houston Bar Association's Litigation and Construction Law Sections. He has also previously served as Co-Chair of the Houston Bar Association's Historical Committee, and as Editor-In-Chief of the Houston Lawyer, the journal of the Houston Bar Association. 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, the Board of Trustees of the Anti-Defamation League of Greater Houston, 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 in recognition of his state-wide contributions in the area of arbitration. He has twice received the annual President's Award from the Houston Bar Association recognizing his service to the Bar. He has also twice received from the Houston Bar Foundation the annual award for Outstanding Legal Article published in the Houston Lawyer. He has also been named a "Super Lawyer" in Employment and Labor by Thomson Reuters (2012-2016) and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Arbitration and Labor Law – Management (2015-2016). In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Schooler was named a Top Lawyer for Labor & Employment by Houstonia magazine.


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Speeches / Publications

In addition to serving as Houston Lawyer Editor-In-Chief, Mr. Schooler has also served as an 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:

  • "Latest Developments in Construction Arbitration," scheduled for publication in the Spring 2016 issue of the South Texas College of Law Texas Construction Law Journal.
  • "Tenaska Energy v. Ponderosa Pine Energy: Required Disclosures of Party-Appointed Arbitrators," published in the Summer 2014 Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.
  • "Stage Stores v. Gunnerson: Defining the Meaning and Scope of "Reasoned Award," published in the Fall 2015 Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.
  • "Arbitrators as Gatekeepers in International Investment Dispute Arbitration Involving a Sovereign State: BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina," published in the Spring 2014 Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.
  • "Limits on Judicial Involvement in Arbitrator Selection," published in Volume 7, No. 2 of the World Arbitration & Mediation Review (2013).
  • "Developments in the Law of Employment Retaliation: Parts I, II, and III," published in the Fall 2011, Winter 2011, and Spring 2012 Newsletters of the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section.
  • "Using The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in Arbitrations: The Law of Unintended 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).

Mr. Schooler has recently spoken on the following:

  • "Ethical Issues for Arbitrators," monthly Meeting of the Houston Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (February, 2016).
  • "Latest Developments in Arbitration (2015)," Annual State Bar of Texas Seminar on Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice (January, 2016).
  • "Recent Developments under the Fair Labor Standards Act," Monthly Meeting of the Houston Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section (November, 2015).
  • "Review of Employment Decisions in the U. S. Supreme Court's Oct. 2014 Term," Monthly Meeting of the Houston Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section (July, 2015).
  • "Latest Developments in Arbitration 2014-15," Annual All-Day Seminar of the Houston Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (May, 2015).
  • "Latest Developments in the Law of Construction Arbitration 2015," Houston Bar Association's Construction Law Section (April, 2015).
  • "Preparing for Arbitration," American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference (April, 2015).
  • "Best Practices in Employment Arbitration," Monthly Meeting of the Houston Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section (December, 2013).
  • "Drafting Arbitration Clauses for Executive Employment Agreements," a national webinar sponsored by the American Arbitration Association (August, 2012).
  • "Developments in the Law of Employment Retaliation," Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference University of Texas Law School (May, 2012).
  • "Basic Standards for Non-Exempt Employees," Annual Texas Payroll Conference (Sept. 2010).
  • "Corralling Corporate Communications In The Workplace Related to the Use of Social Media" (Mar. 2010).

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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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