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Firm Profile

Neel, Hooper & Banes, P.C.

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 1800 West Loop South
  • Suite 1750
  • Houston
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77027

Firm profile submitted by Neel, Hooper & Banes, P.C.

Managing Partner: Bryant S Banes
Number of partners: 2
Number of other lawyers: 5
Languages: English, Turkish, Spanish

The firm was established in 1972 and focuses on the representation of employers and government contractors. The firm prides itself on providing individualized, cost-effective legal services. Two of the firm’s attorneys are Board Certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The firm’s depth of knowledge and experience covers virtually every aspect of labor and employment law and government contracts. Additionally, the firm’s representation of employers and corporate clients has evolved to include commercial and criminal litigation, corporate transactions and international arbitration and mediation. Neel, Hooper & Banes, P.C. is also a member of the Worklaw® Network and the managing partner is a member of the Wage and Hour Defense Institute. Consequently, the firm works with offices throughout the US and internationally so that it may further service clients with diverse geographical needs.

Traditional Labor:

The firm assists non-union clients in remaining union free, advises and counsels employers that are the subject of union organizing drives, and represents unionized clients in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitration proceedings and unfair labor practice cases.

Employment Litigation:
The firm represents clients, at both trial and appellate levels, in cases involving alleged sex, age, race, national origin, disability, and retaliation discrimination; alleged breaches of employment contracts; alleged discriminatory or retaliatory treatment; claimed breaches of covenants not-to-compete; theft of trade secrets and alleged tortious interference with contractual relationships; and wage and hour lawsuits.

Wage & Hour:
The firm represents clients in state and federal collective actions and assists clients to achieve compliance with the minimum wage, overtime, wage payment (vacation pay, deductions, commissions, etc.) and record keeping requirements of all federal and state wage and hour laws. The firm also conducts preventive audits.

Training & Counseling:
The firm also advises on employee handbooks and provides training seminars for companies.

Fiscal & Procurement Methods Advice:
The firm assists government entities and the bidding public on how to structure procurements in such a manner that satisfies fiscal and procurement laws. NHB attorneys have years of experience inside and outside of government in performing such tasks.

Business Development & Compliance Counseling:
The firm helps clients understand the government’s requirements to increase the competitiveness of their proposals. This includes reviewing proposals, bids, or quotations to make sure all necessary information is included; drafting and implementing compliance programs; developing policies and procedures; and reviewing solicitations and related documents for risks, ambiguities, rights in technical data, protection of confidential or proprietary information, pricing issues, and compliance problems. The firm also assists clients with developing teaming agreements and creating business plans to obtain necessary financing. Additionally, the firm has expertise in export control and ITAR compliance.

Government Contract Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution:
The firm helps clients analyze, prepare, present, and negotiate claims against governmental agencies. NHB attorneys have extensive experience in the litigation of highly complex protests and contract disputes before the federal boards of contract appeals, the US Court of Federal Claims, and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Moreover, attorneys have extensive experience handling such claims via alternative dispute resolution.

Government Relations, Audits & Investigations:
The firm advises and assists contractors in responding to audits and investigations, and in avoiding the pitfalls that often accompany them. The firm minimizes the expense and disruption by participating in audits as an integral part of clients’ audit response team. Because this team has extensive public and private sector experience, the firm has an integral and working knowledge of government operations and commercial business.

Administrative Agency Representation:
The firm has considerable experience representing employers and companies before administrative agencies. This includes charges brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state fair employment practice agencies and handling claims brought before other administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Texas Workforce Commission. In addition, the firm has significant experience before the Government Accountability Office, Small Business Administration and Office of Federal Contract Compliance programs.

Criminal Litigation & Forfeiture:
The firm also represents companies in the vast array of criminal-related litigation that can befall government contractors. The government has an arsenal of different tactics and weapons against government contractors they believe guilty of wrongdoing, including administrative penalties and debarment, criminal and civil forfeiture, and criminal charges arising from public corruption allegations. In the past several years, the firm has represented several high profile companies and individuals and successfully navigated them through the maze of discovery and procedural wrangling inherent in these types of cases. The firm has a unique and special expertise in military wartime contracts and the cultural differences that often lead to misunderstandings with government investigators.

Industries Served:
The firm represents clients involved in a wide range of industries including: aerospace, petrochemical, restaurant and food service, banking and finance, construction, insurance, manufacturing, property management, logistics, healthcare, telecommunications, municipal government, transportation carriers, consumer products, employee providers, oil and gas, and engineering.


  • 1800 West Loop South,
  • Suite 1750,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77027
  • Tel +1 713 629 1800
  • Fax +1 713 629 1812
  • Website :