Lionel M. Schooler
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 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, healthcare, construction, and intellectual property disputes, as well as serving as a consultant to parties on arbitration matters.
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
J.D., University of Texas School of Law
- National Order of Barristers
- Intramural Mock Trial Competition, Winner
- Hildebrand Moot Court Competition, Best Advocate
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Tax Court
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas