Lionel M. Schooler
Employment, Federal Court Business Litigation, Arbitration, Construction
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Mr. Schooler has recently spoken on the following:
Links to Publications
B.A. history, with departmental honors, University of Pennsylvania
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law