Gary Fowler is a trusted resource and advisor, and an incredible advocate for ORIX USA Corporation. ORIX values his knowledge of the law, high ethical standards, core values, and passion.
Nicola Hobeiche, Assistant General Counsel, ORIX USA Corp.
Gary Fowler has provided IDG with outstanding legal advice and strategy for almost two decades. We greatly appreciate all that Gary has done for us.
Kevin C. Krull, Vice President of Business Operations & General Counsel, International Data Group, Inc.


Gary advises and defends his clients on labor and employment matters.  His particular interests include executive compensation and contracts, covenants not to compete, and disability law.  He provides emergency, “on the spot” advice for clients on employment crises requiring immediate attention.  He represents employers in nationwide collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Gary is recognized for his experience in the Americans with Disabilities Act and for his knowledge of covenants not to compete, which are particularly complex under Texas law. His clients include media companies, financial institutions, entertainment, health care companies, retailers, and insurance companies.

Gary is a frequent speaker on non-competition issues and employment law. He advises clients in specific difficult workplace situations, provides preventative services in employee handbooks, documentation, and in-house seminars, and prepares and analyzes employment contracts and related documents to protect his client’s interests. He has defended employers in discrimination, covenant not to compete, and employment contract cases. He defends clients in actions before the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Practice Expertise

Recognized expert in labor and employment, including:

  • Executive contracts
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Arbitration
  • Disability discrimination and public accommodations
  • Employment discrimination
  • Harassment and retaliation claims
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Wage and hour

Career Highlights

Representative Appellate and Published District Court Cases

  • Roberson v. Game Stop/Babbage’s, 152 Fed.Appx. 356, 2005 WL 2622977 (5th 2005)
  • Parkerson v. Orix Financial Services, Inc., 2007 WL 1667279 (11th 2007)
  • Thomas v. LTV Corp., 39 F.3d 611 (5th 1994)(preemption under LMRA)
  • Federal Exp. Corp. v. Dutschmann, 846 S.W.2d 282 (Tex.1993)
  • E.O.C. v. Boeing Services Intern., 968 F.2d 549 (5th Cir. 1992)
  • Oldham v. ORIX Financial Services, Inc., 2007 WL 530202 (N.D.Tex., February 21, 2007)
  • Hinds v. Orix Capital Markets, L.L.C., 2003 WL 22132791 (N.D.Tex., Sept. 11, 2003)
  • Prudential Ins. Co. of America v. Neal, 768 F.Supp. 195 (W.D.Tex.1991)
  • Burnet County Appraisal Dist. v. J.M. Huber Corp., 808 S.W.2d 613 (Tex.App. – Austin 1991, writ denied)



  • Employment Matters, Certified Arbitrator
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Media Law Resource Committee
  • Board of Governors
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
    • Former Chair
    • Former Director

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    Covenants Not to Compete: The Swinging Pendulum of Enforceability

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