Martin A. Shellist
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I am a trial lawyer dedicated to helping executives and others protect
their rights. You worked hard for your position, salary, and benefits
(stock, health insurance, etc.), and I'll work just as hard to protect
them. Since 1994, our Firm has negotiated thousands of settlements, including
severance packages, for executives, "c"-level officers, senior-level
management, and others. You will want a seasoned trial lawyer handling
your negotiations from the beginning so that you are fully protected in
the event you find yourself in litigation -- which is typically an avenue
of last resort. You will also want an attorney undaunted by the people
trampling your rights. I have taken the depositions of CEOs, judges, mayors,
police chiefs, company owners, chairmen of boards of directors, and others
who oftentimes act like they are above the law. This experience is a reality
check for many when they are called to task under oath and the truth is
exposed. Since graduating from South Texas College of Law in 1993, I'd
say that, other than negotiating settlements, the cross examination of
witnesses (at trial and at deposition) is my favorite thing to do.
Of equal import, our Firm has a great reputation among employment defense
lawyers in Texas and across the United States. We have worked hard since
establishing the Firm in 1994 to earn and protect our good name, so we
know what's at stake when your employer attempts to take yours from
you. Although some of our case successes are listed on this web site,
feel free to call me to discuss our Firm's specific experience handling
cases involving issues such as yours. For example, just recently I won
a $3.2 million sexual harassment verdict against a former judge. For that
victory, I was named "Litigator of the Week" by Texas Lawyer.
I also have the honor of having handled a whistleblower lawsuit involving
the City of Houston, Texas, which resulted in what I believe is the largest
such jury verdict against the City. My client, Sam Levingston, was awarded
in excess of $1.2 million, plus attorney's fees. I have also successfully
handled multi-state class action claims against Starbucks and Brinker
International. These are not meant to be fully inclusive, nor as guarantees
of success, but are a reflection of the commitment I make to each case
I accept. Whether your issue involves Sarbanes-Oxley, the Securities and
Exchange Commission, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, state-enacted
whistleblower laws, discrimination, breach of employment contracts, or
wage violations (including class actions), I will dedicate the Firm's
resources to protect your rights.
Although I was born in Chicago, the fine State of Texas has been my home
since 1977. I am licensed to practice law in Texas, and in other federal
jurisdictions. If a case involves people or issues in other states, we'll
travel or retain local counsel to ensure we are on a level playing field.
No matter what you decide, I want you to find counsel with whom you fit.
You should select a law firm with deep, relevant experience. Please call
or email me so that we can explore whether Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP,
can be of assistance.
Martin A. Shellist