What the team is known for A national labor and employment boutique offering expert knowledge across the full spectrum of employee-related issues. Handles high-publicity cases for an impressive roster of clients, which includes local authorities and large corporations. Possesses specialist expertise handling discrimination, noncompete, harassment and retaliation disputes, as well as the full range of labor issues.
Strengths One commentator states: "They're one of the top firms I've worked with in my career, in terms of its lawyers' responsiveness and the quality of their work."
Another observer enthuses: "They're excellent, we're very happy with them. They know our business well and are consistent in quality across the country."
Work highlights Represented a collection of associations, including the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Texas Association of Business, in litigation against the DOL over its implementation of a rule that impacts the Labor Management Relations Act.
Defended Boy Scouts of America against claims of retaliation and race discrimination, with the jury ruling in favor of the client after a three-and-a-half week trial.
Significant clients DR Horton, Dell, Southwest Airlines, Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority, City of San Antonio.
"Thought leader" and "phenomenal attorney" Michael Fox is a considerably experienced and well-respected litigator, having tried a large number of high-stakes employment cases across the country. One peer states that he is "a great, great trial lawyer," adding: "He just has a presence in front of juries and is very likable."
Jeffrey Londa is considered by his peers to be "one of the best lawyers in the country" for complex labor matters. Clients consider him to be "a strong advocate, expert negotiator and a commanding presence." He also regularly represents lawyers in complex employment litigation.
Bryant McFall regularly advises companies in high-stakes employment cases, including leave of absence and accommodation issues. He is said by sources to have "great presentation" skills, with one indicating: "He has impressed me with his knowledge base."
Michael Mitchell mainly handles employment litigation and has substantial experience arguing cases in state and federal courts, and before the Fifth Circuit and the NLRB.
Ron Chapman is a renowned figure in the Texas labor and employment market, and is described as "pragmatic, business-oriented and extremely efficient." He has recently acted on behalf of Boy Scouts of America in defending a number of suits relating to the organization's former ban on gay leaders and employees.
Theodore Meyer focuses on employment litigation in the energy, technology and home-building industries, among others. His expertise lies in class and collective actions, in addition to counseling on employee relations and compensation plans.
Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani is "a national expert on affirmative action issues," according to sources. She possesses extensive experience advising on OFCCP compliance and a variety of employment disputes. Clients regard her highly, with one commenting: "Shafeeqa is top-notch in terms of knowledge, responsiveness and quality of work." She is a recent addition to the firm, having moved from Norton Rose Fulbright.