Labor & Employment

We are labor and employment lawyers who try labor and employment lawsuits, counsel our clients on increasingly complex workplace laws and regulations, and represent our clients before federal, state, and local labor and employment agencies, such as the NLRB, the EEOC, and OSHA.

Our litigation practice includes complex executive compensation matters, class/collective actions, trade secret/unfair competition cases, breach of fiduciary duty and executive malfeasance cases. Our vast labor and employment litigation experience is the platform from which we provide advice and counsel to help our clients solve workplace challenges covering the entire range of employment issues. We focus both on traditional labor issues–including elections, contract negotiations, arbitration, strikes and lockouts–to employment law areas, such as discrimination, disability, Family and Medical Leave Act, workplace safety, and wage and hour issues.

We practice employment law backed by the resources of a full-service firm in corporate, tax, bankruptcy, intellectual property, securities, employee benefits, oil and gas, media, complex litigation, cybersecurity, and all the areas offered by Jackson Walker attorneys. By blending our labor/employment subject matter experience with practitioners from these areas, we offer a unique blend of labor/employment subject matter know-how to handle complex litigation cases that cross disciplines, counsel clients on high level executive compensation matters, and offer practical solutions for business issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective. We empower our clients with this multi-disciplinary knowledge and experience, in the courtroom and the boardroom.

Our clients include international Fortune 100 companies, privately held companies of all shapes and sizes in media, retail, oil and gas, alternative energy, technology, entertainment and hospitality, trucking and delivery, financial and insurance, and manufacturers. Our cases range the full spectrum from “bet the company” cases to single plaintiff labor/employment lawsuits.

With a deep bench of experienced lawyers, Jackson Walker’s employment practice has unparalleled knowledge of the Texas and national labor and employment landscape.

Within only the last two years, we have enjoyed the following successes for our clients:

  • We tried a complex executive fraud/breach of fiduciary duty case, with significant counter claims against our client, to a jury for nearly four weeks. After we tried the rest of the case to the court, we ultimately prevailed with a $1.7 M judgment against the former executive, settling the case after that on extremely favorable terms.
  • We decertified a 100-plus plaintiff collective action FLSA overtime case, and then tried the first group of those plaintiffs to a jury, resulting in a settlement during jury deliberations with which our client was very pleased.
  • We tried a case against a labor union that was seeking millions of dollars in allegedly unpaid benefits and won so emphatically that the union did not appeal.
  • We filed a computer fraud and abuse act against a former executive of a large, publicly traded company, and brought such force to bear in the case, using a team led by our labor/employment lawyers but including bankruptcy and e-discovery lawyers, that it settled very favorably 6 weeks after we filed it, with the executive losing millions of dollars in benefits as a result of a “cause” termination.
  • We decertified an FLSA collective action that would have had nearly 100 plaintiffs, leaving it with only 7 named plaintiffs, against whom we ultimately won summary judgment.

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June 6, 2024

Chambers and Partners Releases 2024 USA Guide Featuring 67 Jackson Walker Attorneys and 23 Ranked Departments

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has selected 67 attorneys and 23 departments for inclusion in the 2024 edition of the Global and USA guides. Attorneys were ranked across 27 departments, with 3 attorneys listed among multiple areas, 8 ranked nationwide in their respective areas, and 15 recognized for the first time.

May 17, 2024
Speaking Engagements

David Schlottman to Present “Groff v. DeJoy” at UT Law CLE’s Labor and Employment Law Conference

Jackson Walker partner David Schlottman will present at The University of Texas School of Law’s 31st Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference.

April 26, 2024

Overtime Exemptions Will Now Cost Employers More

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a Final Rule increasing the minimum salary an employee must receive to be excluded from overtime payments. This will result in millions more employees either being entitled to overtime or receiving higher salaries. Previously, updates to salary levels for exemptions could remain stagnant for years or decades and, according to some, were out of touch with current income data.

By Jackie Staple and G. Scott Fiddler

April 25, 2024

Federal Trade Commission Issues Rule Banning Non-Competes in the Workplace

On April 23, 2024, in a 3 to 2 vote, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to implement its final rule prohibiting non-compete agreements in the workplace.

By G. Scott Fiddler and Michael Drab

April 17, 2024

Student-Athletes as Employees Spells Legal Stressors for Schools | Bloomberg Tax

The union-aspiring Dartmouth College men’s basketball team has put the full court press on their “employer,” labor agencies, and courts of law — with far-reaching legal and financial implications.

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April 10, 2024

Texas Hair Bias Ruling Does Not Give Employers A Pass I Law360 (Subscription Required)

By Dawn S. Holiday

Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, or CROWN, Act, aims to strengthen worker protections against race-based hair discrimination while ensuring dignity and respect for cultural and personal expression.

April 5, 2024

Challenges to an International Arbitration Award I ITA In Review

By Lionel M. Schooler

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently ruled on the case Baker Hughes Services International, LLC v. Joshi Technologies International, Inc., emphasizing the scope of subject matter jurisdiction of American federal courts in evaluating challenges to arbitral awards in international arbitration under the New York Convention.

April 4, 2024
Speaking Engagements

Kelly Cobb and Scott Fiddler to Join Panel Discussing Updates in Immigration, Employment, and Tax

Jackson Walker Houston partners Kelly D. Cobb and G. Scott Fiddler are set to participate in a panel discussion titled “Empower your Business: Navigating Updates in Immigration, Employment, and Tax” on Wednesday, April 24, at the Jackson Walker Houston office.

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March 21, 2024
Attorney News

Jackson Walker Congratulates 2024 Texas Rising Stars

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes only 5% of Texas attorneys who either are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less as “Rising Stars.”

Jackie Staple

February 22, 2024
Speaking Engagements

Jackie Staple Presents “Big Brother Watching: Workplace Privacy” at LEGALKwik

Jackson Walker employment law partner Jackie C. Staple is scheduled to present at HR Houston’s program, LEGALKwik, on Thursday, February 29, at the Houston Racquet Club.

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