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’s over 300 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.

We are Texas lawyers, with all of our lawyers and offices in Texas. This gives us unparalleled knowledge of the Texas legal landscape, from county to county. It also drives our national practice because our clients regularly hire us to handle matters in other states. Our unique position also results in opportunities to represent international companies that find themselves faced with significant employment matters that require the resources of a full-service firm.

Jamila M. Brinson

Partner, Houston

Jay K. Rutherford

Partner, Fort Worth

Judy Bennett Garner

Associate, Dallas

Sara K. Harris

Associate, Dallas

Alyca Riley

Associate, Austin

David Schlottman

Associate, Dallas

Chuck Campbell

Partner, Austin

Ashley Scheer

Senior Counsel, Dallas

Alicia R. Duleba

Partner, Austin

Richard G. Garza

Partner, San Antonio

Lionel M. Schooler

Partner, Houston

John A. Koepke

Partner, Dallas

W. Gary Fowler

Partner, Dallas

Jon Mark Hogg

Partner, San Angelo

Gary L. Ingram

Partner, Fort Worth

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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Jay Rutherford Honored by Texas Association of Business

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John Jansonius Presents at National Academy of Arbitrators' Annual Conference

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John Jansonius Discusses On-Call Scheduling with HREOnline

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Jackson Walker Moves San Angelo Office

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John Jansonius Speaks at UT Law’s Labor & Employment Law Conference

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D Magazine Recognizes Eleven Jackson Walker Attorneys

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John Jansonius Recognized as Outstanding Director by State Bar of Texas

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Jackson Walker Appellate Team Obtains Reversal of Jury Verdict Against Client in Breach of Contract Case

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Texas Appellate Court in Houston Affirms Jackson Walker Client’s Win in Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Breach of Contract Suit

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American Lawyer Names Jackson Walker a ‘Top Firm’ for Diversity

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TAL-YL Editorial Board Publishes its First Editorial on Sexual Harassment in the Legal Industry

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'Fort Worth Magazine' Names Ten Jackson Walker Attorneys to its "2017 Top Attorneys" List

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Lonnie Schooler Speaking for the Houston Bar Association titled: Hear No Evil?

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Jackson Walker Secures Dismissal for ExxonMobil Chemical Company

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Judy Bennett Garner Joins 2018 NELC Academy

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

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Offering trusted advice to employers

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Matt Dow Elected to Greater Austin Economic Development Corporation Board

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New EEO-1 Reporting Requirements on Pay for Women and Minorities for Employers with 100+ Employees

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John Jansonius Named to Texas ‘Top 100’ Super Lawyers List

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Seven JW Attorneys Designated by Who's Who Legal 2016

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Six Jackson Walker Attorneys Named '2017 Lawyers of the Year'

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New IRS Enforcement Interpretation Takes Aim at Tax Status of Certain Wellness Program Payments

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Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2016 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2016 Best Lawyers in Dallas

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Eleven Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to Fort Worth ‘Top Attorneys’ List

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

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Drew Darby, Wes Strickland, Scott Weatherford Speak at TWCA/TRWA Water Law Seminar

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Jay Rutherford Joins the Board of Directors of the Texas Institute for Education Reform

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Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 32 'Super Lawyers - Rising Stars'

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Jim Griffin Quoted in 'Law360' on Affordable Care Act's 'Cadillac Tax' Plan

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

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Jim Griffin Speaks to Dallas Bar Association on Recent FICA Tax Cases

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Jim Griffin Speaks at Employee Benefit Plan Conference on 401(k) Compliance

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Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2015 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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

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Danielle Needham and John Jansonius Speak at 22nd Annual Employment Law Conference

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Legal talent, human touch

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Jim Griffin Quoted on Implications of the Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

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Jackson Walker's Participation in State Bar Panel on Diversity Best Practices Highlighted in 'Texas Lawyer' Article

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S.A. Scene's 2015 "Best S.A. Lawyers"

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Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2015 Best Lawyers in Dallas

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Jim Griffin Presents National Webinar on Social Security and Medicare Taxes

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John Jansonius Quoted in 'Law360' on Department of Labor Misclassification Guidance

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Jackson Walker Represents Prophet Equity in its Acquisition of Brown Brothers Asphalt and Concrete

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Chuck Campbell Speaks at Texas Association of Certified Public Accountants Annual Meeting

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Jim Griffin Published in 'Texas Business Report' on Impact of Supreme Court Decision Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

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Gary Ingram Named a Power Attorney by 'Fort Worth Business Press'

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Scott McLaughlin Quoted in 'Houston Chronicle' on Independent Contractor Conundrum

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John Jansonius Serves as Team Leader on 2015 Discovery Amendments Guidelines Task Force

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

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Lionel Schooler Speaks on New Cases in Arbitration

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Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2014 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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John Jansonius Elected State Bar Director for District 6

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Jackson Walker Wins Victory for Client in Overtime Pay Dispute

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Seven Jackson Walker Attorneys Named 2015 Lawyers of the Year

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Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2015

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Voice of the Defense Bar Spotlights Jackson Walker Win

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Scholarship in Memory of Jackson Walker Partner Bonnie Arnett Continues to Benefit Students

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Jackson Walker Represents Scott Felder Homes in Acquisition by BR Homebuilding Group, L.P.

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Scott McLaughlin and Crystal Parker Featured in 'Law360'

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Lionel Schooler Speaks on Wage and Hour Compliance

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Lionel Schooler Named a Top Lawyer by 'Houstonia' Magazine

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San Antonio Scene’ Recognizes All San Antonio Attorneys in “Best Lawyers” List

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‘360 West’ Features Twelve Jackson Walker Attorneys in ‘Top Attorneys 2018’ List

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Lonnie Schooler Selected to Join ‘Dispute Resolution Magazine’ Editorial Board

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David Schlottman Assumes Position on State Bar L&E Section Council

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Supreme Court Holds That American Pipe Tolling Does Not Apply to Successive Class Actions

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Jamila Brinson to Accept President's Award for Outstanding Service to Houston Bar Association

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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices

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Jackson Walker Represents Bridger Logistics in Successful Divestiture of Saltwater Disposal, Crude Oil Truck Transportation, and Logistics Businesses

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Supreme Court Okays Class Action Waivers in Employee Arbitration Agreements

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Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 98 Jackson Walker Attorneys

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College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Elects Gary Fowler to Fellowship

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Jackson Walker Announces 2018 LCLD Pathfinder Program Participants

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Texas Law Firm Jackson Walker Elects 6 New Partners

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EEOC Proposes Rules Related to Employee Wellness Programs

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36 Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to “Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” List

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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices

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John Jansonius Recognized as Outstanding Director by State Bar of Texas

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Austin Office Receives ‘A’ Grade in Law Firm Diversity Report Card

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BTI Lists Jackson Walker in Report on Firms with the Best Collaboration

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Jackson Walker Named Among Firms with the Best Associates by BTI

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Fifth Circuit Ruling Emphasizes Importance of Establishing Factual Basis for Compensating Employees Using Fluctuating Workweek Method

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Texas Lawyer Honors Mary Emma Karam and Amanda Zimmerman with 2017 Professional Excellence Awards

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53 Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to 2017 ‘Texas Super Lawyers’ List

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Jackson Walker Scores Take-Nothing Judgment in Big Spring Discrimination Case

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Four Jackson Walker Attorneys Named Texas Diversity Council Award Winners

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New Tax Act Affects Settlements of Sexual Harassment Suits

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A Slap at Employment Law? A Look at the Impact of Texas Citizens Participation Act in 2017

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56 Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to 2018 'Texas Super Lawyers' List by Thomson Reuters

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Labor & Employment Dispatch: September 2018

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Preview of Employment Cases Pending Before the Supreme Court

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Labor & Employment Dispatch: October 2018

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Houstonia Magazine Recognizes 10 Jackson Walker Attorneys as “Top Lawyers” in Best of Houstonia