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W. Gary Fowler


W. Gary Fowler's practice includes both counseling and defending clients in labor and employment matters. He is Chair of the Dallas Labor and Employment Section for Jackson Walker.

Mr. Fowler tries cases and defends employers in federal and state courts and before all labor administrative tribunals. He is an expert in employment contracts, noncompetition covenants, workplace situations, preventative employment issues, protection of employer interests, disability and discrimination lawsuits. Mr. Fowler has represented employers in nationwide collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and has defended employers in discrimination, covenant not to compete, and employment contract cases. He also has defended employers before the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Mr. Fowler is recognized for his experience in the Americans with Disabilities Act and for his knowledge of covenants not to compete, which are particularly complex under Texas law. He is a frequent speaker on non-competition issues and employment law. He advises clients in specific difficult workplace situations, provides preventative services in employee handbooks, documentation, and in-house seminars, and prepares and analyzes employment contracts and related documents to protect his client's interests.

He served as Adjunct Professor in teaching Disability Discrimination Law, at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in 1996 and 1997.

Mr. Fowler is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been so certified since 1994.

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Organization Membership

Mr. Fowler is a member of the Labor and Employment Council of the Dallas Bar Association and served as an officer from 2006-08 and as its Chair in 2009. He is a board member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and served as its President in 2008-09 and its Chair from 2009-11.

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Peer Recognition

Mr. Fowler was named a "Super Lawyer" (2003-2015) by Thomson Reuters. He is also listed in the 2006-2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America under Labor and Employment Law. He was named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" in D Magazine on several occasions and most recently in 2013.

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Speeches / Publications

Mr. Fowler is a frequent author and speaker. His articles and presentations include the following:

  • "Harassment in the Workplace: Dangerous Liaisons," State Bar of Texas 10th Annual Advanced Business Law Course, November 1-2, 2012
  • "Did They Turn Out the Light: The Supreme Court Rules on Covenants Not to Compete," Texas Bar Journal (May 2007) (with M. Scott McDonald)
  • State of Employment Law, Texas Bankers Association Conference, March 30, 2012
  • "Covenants Not to Compete: The Swinging Pendulum of Enforceability," State Bar of Texas Advanced Employment Law Course, January 2012
  • "Covenants Not to Compete: From Sheshunoff and Beyond," State Bar of Texas Advanced Employment Law Course, January 2010, and Plano Bar Association, May 2010
  • "Ready to Work? Implementing 2009 Employment Law Changes in the American Workplace," DFW Chapter of American Corporate Counsel Association, May 2009
  • "Getting a Firm Grip on HR Things That Go Bump in the Night," Texas Employment Law and Human Resources Forum (with Marc Joseph of Haggar Clothing Co. and David Watkins of Jenkins & Watkins), April 2009
  • "Covenants Not to Compete in the Post-Light World," University of Houston Law Foundation, December 2008
  • "Litigation Pitfalls When Drafting Executive Employment Agreements," State Bar of Texas Executive Compensation Course, May 2008
  • "Top Seven Issues for Employment Law in 2008," University of Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, February 2008 (with Mark Steiner of Jackson Walker and Susan Sandidge of Brinker International)
  • "Internal Affairs: Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel in Workplace Investigations," DFW Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association, September 10, 2004
  • Privacy Issues In the Workplace, Council on Education in Management, February 2005


  • Roberson v. Game Stop/Babbage's, 152 Fed.Appx. 356, 2005 WL 2622977 (5th Cir. 2005)
  • Parkerson v. Orix Financial Services, Inc., 2007 WL 1667279 (11th Cir. 2007)
  • Thomas v. LTV Corp., 39 F.3d 611 (5th Cir. 1994)(preemption under LMRA)
  • Federal Exp. Corp. v. Dutschmann, 846 S.W.2d 282 (Tex.1993)
  • E.E.O.C. v. Boeing Services Intern., 968 F.2d 549 (5th Cir. 1992)
  • Oldham v. ORIX Financial Services, Inc., 2007 WL 530202 (N.D.Tex., February 21, 2007)
  • Hinds v. Orix Capital Markets, L.L.C., 2003 WL 22132791 (N.D.Tex., Sept. 11, 2003)
  • Prudential Ins. Co. of America v. Neal, 768 F.Supp. 195 (W.D.Tex.1991)
  • Burnet County Appraisal Dist. v. J.M. Huber Corp., 808 S.W.2d 613 (Tex.App.-Austin 1991, writ denied)

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B.A., summa cum laude, Texas Christian University

J.D., Yale University Law School

Mr. Fowler served as briefing attorney to Hon. Sam D. Johnson, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is the 1979 Harry S. Truman Scholar for the State of Texas.
Bar Admissions

  • 1984, Texas
Court Admissions

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