Jamila M. Brinson
Jamila Marie Brinson is a zealous advocate for her clients. She understands that one size does not fit all and that each client’s legal needs and goals are unique. She listens to and partners with each client to craft and implement legal strategies to obtain the best possible result in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of distraction to her clients’ business. Jamila is fluent in Spanish and utilizes her language skills to the benefit of her clients.
Jamila is devoted to pro bono service and served as Co-Pro Bono Coordinator for the Houston office of Jackson Walker for several years. Currently, she coordinates the firm’s participation in the annual Adopt-an-Angel Program through Houston Young Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association AIDS Outreach Committee Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program. She is also certified by the State Bar of Texas as a Guardian Ad Litem and often volunteers as a pro bono attorney through Houston Volunteer Lawyers for parents seeking to become the guardian of an incapacitated adult child.
Jamila has a strong commitment to upholding the principles of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and actively participates in academic, community and law firm efforts to recruit, develop, retain and celebrate a more diverse and inclusive legal workforce. In support of those efforts, Jamila is a member of Jackson Walker Women (JW2)—a committee dedicated to creating opportunities for women attorneys to develop their professional skills, supporting their efforts to balance work and family, and providing a platform to generate business and pursue leadership positions. She also coordinates the Houston office’s participation in the University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program, mentoring students, facilitating “Dress for Success” workshops and coordinating internships at the firm for Program participants to gain exposure to law firm practice.
Jamila brings a practical perspective to her work. Before going to law school, she was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer and worked in the area of HIV/AIDS education, advocacy, support, and care. While in law school, she interned in the office of Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur, Southern District of Texas, and was a Law Clerk in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. She was also a Legal Extern in the Office of General Counsel at Baylor College of Medicine, and with BP America, Inc. Jamila was selected as a University of Houston Law Center Health Law Fellow during the 81st Texas Legislature and worked as a Health Policy Analyst for former Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte.
B.A., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania
- Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar
- Dean’s List
J.D., University of Houston Law Center
- Dean’s Scholar
- Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diversity Scholar
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
Labor and Employment (Advice and Counsel, Investigations and Litigation)
Jamila understands that employees are her clients’ most valuable resource and she partners with clients to proactively shape their workplaces. Whether she is providing advice and counsel on immediate employment issues, guidance on the implementation of new laws and regulations in the work environment or employment litigation experience, Jamila ensures she first understands the needs of her clients and works cooperatively with them to satisfy those needs.
She represents employers in several industries, including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas, and non-profit, on a wide range of employment issues such as discrimination, retaliation and harassment (including ADA and FMLA); protecting employers’ confidential and proprietary information, trade secrets and business relationships from misuse or interference; handling administrative charges before state and federal agencies; employee benefits, particularly ERISA matters; business torts, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance; and employment agreements.
- Obtained summary judgment of racial discrimination, religious discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims against rehabilitation and healthcare center.
- Crafted retention and transition agreements for employer acquiring 50,000 new employees through buyout of another company and provided advice and counsel on the implementation of those agreements.
- Engaged as part of a two-person neutral investigation team to conduct witness interviews, analyze employment policies, and draft report for employer’s use in determining best approach to address allegations of improper behavior by faculty against other faculty.
- Successfully defended employer against claims made by potential beneficiaries to a deceased employee’s ERISA-governed accrued benefits.
- Successfully settled lawsuit on behalf of a skilled nursing facility involving claims of Title VII race discrimination.
Beyond the labor and employment area, Jamila has significant experience representing clients in a variety of litigation matters including the following:
Business Disputes and Creditors’ Rights
Litigation is one of the most expensive, time consuming and stressful experiences that a business can face. Jamila is experienced in litigation, arbitration and mediation of a variety of civil business and commercial disputes, including, but not limited to breach of contract, fraud, partnership disputes, bank/lender liability, trade secrets, non-competes, oil and gas, and real estate.
Jamila also represents creditors of any size to aggressively seek what is owed. She has an uncanny knack for getting debtors to cooperate in the debt collection process and crafting creative settlements of the debt to resolve small to mid-sized disputes rather than engage in protracted litigation. However, when called for, Jamila passionately advocates for her clients before judicial and arbitral bodies to ensure their rights are well-represented.
- Successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in corporate debts owed to national insurance company.
- Successfully obtained final judgment of over $3 million for large commercial entity against guarantor of a loan.
- Successfully negotiated a $100,000 settlement with debtor during early stages of AAA arbitration resulting in recovery of 90% of the debt with nominal attorneys’ fees incurred.
- Successfully defended international bank in various alleged breach of contract actions.
- Represented corporation seeking just compensation from involuntary land acquisition by the Texas Department of Transportation.
Media, Trademark and Copyright Litigation
Jamila also enjoys defending media clients in varying litigation matters including defamation, copyright infringement, trademark violation, and unfair competition in the nature of false advertising. Her employment and commercial litigation background often proves useful to her media clients and she stands ready to provide an additional perspective on these issues when called upon to do so.
- Defended television network against alleged copyright infringement claims.
- Defended television network against alleged defamation claims resulting from online news story.
- Acted as local counsel for an international skincare company in an alleged trademark infringement and trade dress violation case.
- “Top 40 Under 40,” The National Black Lawyers, 2019
- Top 50 Women Lawyers Award, National Diversity Council, 2019
- Rising Star – Employment & Labor Law, Super Lawyers – Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2019-2020
- Houston Bar Association’s President’s Award, 2018
- Co-Author, Texas chapter in 2019 Employment Libel & Privacy Law Survey, Media Law Resource Center 50-State Survey, 2018
- Defamation and Business Disparagement Damages, State Bar of Texas 8th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation CLE, February 2016
- “Whistleblowers and Retaliation: How to Prevent Getting Sued,” Jackson Walker LLP’s 2018 Labor & Employment Symposium, Dallas, Texas, 2018
- “Do Unto Others…or Else: Maintaining a Successful and Ethical Collections Practice,” Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, 2016
- Houston Young Lawyers Association Annual Adopt-an-Angel Program and HBA AIDS Outreach Committee’s Annual Adopt-a-Family Program, Firm Coordinator
- West Orem Family YMCA, Volunteer Board Member
- Houston Bar Association AIDS Outreach Committee, Member
- University of Houston Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline Program
- Guest Speaker and Presenter
- National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law School Fair, 2007-Present
- Host Committee Member
- Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA), Leadership Academy Graduate, 2013-2014
- United States Peace Corps Volunteer, 2004-2006
- Co-authored HIV/AIDS Behavior Change Communication manual used countrywide in Saint Lucia, Eastern Caribbean