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Labor & Employment Law Section

Provides a forum for employment law practitioners to study employment law issues as well as to meet and mingle with other employment law attorneys. The Section holds monthly CLE meetings, an evening seminar dealing with a specific area of employment law, and organizes social events including a reception for judges.


Meeting Schedule:

The Section hosts monthly CLE luncheons at the Belo at noon on the third Monday of each month. 

Please mark your calendars for the DBA Labor and Employment Section's Evening CLE on 2/18/2015 at 5:30pm.

As in past years, this will be a judicial roundtable with four distinguished panel members:

The Honorable Dale Tillery - Judge 134th District Court, Dallas County
The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn - U.S. District Judge - N.D. of Texas
The Honorable Melody Wilkinson - Judge 17th District Court, Tarrant County
The Honorable David L. Horan - U.S. Magistrate Judge - N.D. of Texas

The event will be at the Belo Mansion on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Social with heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar:  5:30 p.m. Presentation:  6:00 p.m.

$20 entry fee for all attendees (please bring cash or check)

No need to R.S.V.P.

CLE Credit — 1.5 Hours Pending

Section News:

Mediation Volunteer Program:

The Employment Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association offers a mediation volunteer program to both state and federal courts. The program provides a volunteer attorney to “assist and advise” a pro se plaintiff and a volunteer mediator who donate their time for a “one-time” mediation. The program has been operating successfully for a number of years, and is in dire need of volunteer attorneys to “assist and advise” the pro se plaintiffs and of mediators to conduct the mediation sessions.

Will you please participate in our program? Participation means we will add you to our list and call you on a rotating basis. With enough volunteers, it is unlikely we would call more than once a year. You may decline if we call. If you accept, we provide information for a conflict check.

If you are willing to participate, please email Sandra K. Lauro at and please copy on the email Emily Thompson at Emily Thompson is a paralegal at Andrews & Kurth who has graciously helped administer this program since its inception. Please indicate whether you would like to volunteer as an attorney to represent a pro se plaintiff or as a mediator (volunteering as a mediator requires some mediation experience). Also, be sure to provide your contact information, including your office address, office telephone number and any other numbers where you can be reached.

An overview of the Mediation Volunteer Program is available on this site under Section Downloads. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your consideration!

Best Regards,

Sandra K. Lauro 

2015 Section Officers:

Name: Robert "Bobby" Lee
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Lee & Braziel, LLP
Firm Address: 1801 N. Lamar, Suite 325
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: (214) 749-1400

Name: Alyson Brown
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Clouse Dunn LLP
Firm Address: 1201 Elm Street, Suite 5200
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75270
Business Phone: (214) 220-3888

Name: Kevin Mullen
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Firm Address: 2001 Ross Avenue, Ste. 1500, L.B. 116
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: (214) 880-8100

Name: Amanda Reichek
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: The Reichek Firm, PLLC
Firm Address: 4514 Cole Avenue, Ste. 600
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75205
Business Phone: (214) 559-7190

Name: Joe Gillespie
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Gillespie Sanford LLP
Firm Address: 4925 Greenville Ave., Ste. 200
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: (214) 800-5113

Name: Michael K. Hurst
Officer Position: Board Advisor
Firm: Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP
Firm Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Ste. 2500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75202
Business Phone: 214-855-6800

Resource Links



Section Membership


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section, please send a letter of request and a $30.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the membership department at the Dallas Bar.


Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage (coming soon)


Section Downloads:

Attachment Size
Hot Topics in FMLA August 2014.pdf 237.23 KB
dba_investigations_pdf.pdf 1.86 MB
ada_paper_11-18-2013.pdf 386.13 KB
amended_bylaws_redline.pdf 225.35 KB
2013_employment_law_update.pdf 4.06 MB
best_practices_for_employers.pdf 675.72 KB
establishing_independent_state_legislation_re_ic.pdf 666.79 KB
employee_misclassification.pdf 196.36 KB
nlrb_is_hot_by_martha_kinard_july_2013.pdf 848.06 KB
social_media_-_top_5_areas_to_watch_2013.pdf 429.33 KB
Non-Compete Agreements by Keith Clouse 4-2013 2.47 MB
DBA Ethics Presentation 3/2013 792.68 KB
public_employment_law_update_2-18-2013_-_michael_merrick.pdf 268.99 KB
1_21_13_dba_le_section_cle_-_erisa_and_ada___discrimination_based_on_benefits_6.pdf 330.67 KB
adr_advances_-_nov_2012_-_morgan.pdf 2.5 MB
texas_supreme_court_rule_changes_-_nov_2012_-_morgan.pdf 644 KB
fair_labor_standards_act_2012_update_-_oct_2012_-_derek_braziel.pdf 369.99 KB
new_face_of_discrimination_-_sept_2012_-_hawpe_and_miers.pdf 337.71 KB
federal_contracting_employment_-_july_2012_-_giarratani.ppt 3.67 MB
ethical_social_networking_handout_-_may_2012_cle_-_nick_bettinger.pdf 2.45 MB
employee_leave_rights_under_the_fmla_and_ada_-_april_2012_cle_-_john_crouch.pdf 375.99 KB
enforcing_and_avoiding_aribitration_clauses_-_march_2012_cle_-_scott_mcelhaney.pdf 524.9 KB
Investigating Employee Misconduct - November 2011 CLE - Tony Campiti.ppt 3.97 MB
Maximizing Arbitration Efficiency & Effectiveness - October 2011 CLE - Clouse, Brown, Morgan & Willcutts 818.5 KB
Scheduling Order Template - October 2011 CLE - Clouse, Brown, Morgan & Willcutts 75.5 KB
Employment Law Update - Oct 5, 2011 - Gillespie-Shank.ppt 6.16 MB
Employment Law Update - Oct 5, 2011 - Gillespie-Shank.pdf 733.87 KB
Whistleblower, Public Entities & Qui Tam - September 2011 CLE - Carlos Lopez & Dawn Doherty 970.1 KB
Tax Implications of Damages in Employment Cases - August 2011 CLE - Jorgensen & Harris.ppt 595.5 KB
Workplace Retaliation - July 2011 CLE - Arlene Steinfield.pdf 1.37 MB
ADAAA Final Regulations - June 2011 CLE - Birrer & LaPenotiere 430.5 KB
Helping Avoid IRS Employment Tax Issues - May 2011 - Anthony Daddino 979.42 KB
Ever-Evolving Law of Non-Compete Agreements Powerpoint - April 2011 CLE - Amanda Reichek 200 KB
Ever-Evolving Law of Non-Compete Agreements - April 2011 CLE - Amanda Reichek 111.6 KB
EEOC General Counsel Flyer - April 14, 2011 117.81 KB
Emerging Hispanic Workforce - February 2011 CLE - Fred Gaona and Maricela Siewczynski 92.85 KB
Overview of Mediation Volunteer Program 29 KB
Call for Papers and Participation - TWU 2011 Business Leadership Symposium 178.92 KB
FLSA Year in Review (2010) - December 2010 - Robert J. Wiley 349.4 KB


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