Biography

Lionel M. (Lonnie) Schooler is a Houston management side employment lawyer and recognized authority on employment law, federal appellate practice, and arbitration.  Lonnie’s practice  includes both counseling and defending clients in employment matters; he 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.

Lonnie’s employment practice primarily focuses upon 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. His 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, securities litigation, and  energy litigation.

Lonnie 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 Association of Distinguished Neutrals. He is certified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for international arbitration matters, and also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and 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.

Practice Expertise

  • Restaurant Industry Wage and Hour Issues
  • Arbitration of Complex Commercial Disputes
  • Federal Appeals

Community

  • Houston Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Section, Chair
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Chair,  2016-2017
  • State Bar of Texas – Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Chair,  2016-2017
  • State Bar of Texas – Appellate Section, Program Planning Committee
  • Houston Bar Association – Federal Practice Section, Past Chair
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Litigation Section, Council
    • Construction Law Section, Council
    • Historical Committee, Past Co-chair
  • Houston Lawyer, Past Editor-In-Chief
  • Journal of the Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Supporting Life Fellow

News & Events

  • News & Publications
  • Speeches
  • Events

    Lonnie Schooler speaks to Houston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment section

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  • Publication

    Latest Developments in Arbitration for the Construction Law Practitioner

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  • Attorney News

    Lonnie Schooler Elected Chair of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

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  • Attorney News

    Lionel M. Schooler and Curt Langley Named Top Lawyers by ‘Houstonia’ Magazine

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  • Publication

    Interplay Between Texas Workers’ Compensation Law and Federal Family Medical Leave Act: Texas Supreme Court Addresses Impact of FMLA on Workers’ Compensation Anti-Retaliation Clause

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  • Publication

    Lonnie Schooler Published in State Bar of Texas ‘ADR Blog’ on Key Arbitration Decision

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2016

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  • Highlights

    Declaration of (In)Dependence? New Department of Labor Guidelines on Lawful Classification of Workers as Independent Contractors

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  • Highlights

    Accommodating Religious Practices in the Workplace: Time to Check Those Dress Codes

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  • Attorney News

    Lionel Schooler Speaks at American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference

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  • Attorney News

    Lionel Schooler Elected Chair of Houston Bar Association Labor and Employment Section

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  • Attorney News

    Scott McLaughlin, Lionel Schooler, and Marlene Williams Featured in ‘Houston Business Journal’ Labor and Employment Law Guide

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  • Publication

    Lionel Schooler Quoted in ‘The Texas Lawbook’ on Social Media Policies

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  • Attorney News

    Lionel Schooler Speaks at Houston Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Seminar on ‘Ethics in Arbitration’

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  • Press release

    Lionel Schooler Named a Top Lawyer by ‘Houstonia’ Magazine

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Ranked Among Top 100 Firms for Client Service

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  • Press release

    Lionel Schooler Speaks on Wage and Hour Compliance

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2015

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  • Press release

    Jackson Walker Wins Appellate Victory for IPSCO Tubulars in Breach of Contract Case

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  • Highlights

    Hot Employment Topics for 2014-Part I: The New World of Disabilities Discrimination

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  • Press release

    Lionel Schooler Speaks on New Cases in Arbitration

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  • Highlights

    Supreme Court Decides Important Employment Issues

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  • Press release

    Lionel Schooler Elected to Several Leadership Positions for the Houston Bar Association

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  • Press release

    Lionel Schooler Speaks on the Latest Developments in Arbitration

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  • Press release

    Lionel Schooler Speaks on Developments in Construction Arbitration

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  • Press release

    Lionel M. Schooler Speaks on Drafting Arbitration Clauses

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  • Spotlight

    Lionel Schooler Receives Justice Frank Evans Award

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  • Attorney News

    Lionel Schooler Speaks on Employment Law at UT CLE Conference

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  • Client Results

    Jackson Walker Wins Courtroom Victory for IPSCO Tubulars

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  • Press release

    Lionel Schooler Speaks on Arbitrator Ethics

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“Supreme Court Employment Law Update: 2015-16 Term,” Houston Bar Association: Labor & Employment Section, Houston, July 2016