E-Mail Dorian Vandenberg-Rodes
I am an attorney and counselor who practices employment law exclusively.
The overwhelming majority of my practice is representing workers and employees
who have suffered discrimination in the workplace, wrongful termination,
or been subjected to other illegal practices in the workplace. I am passionate
about representing my clients, and work hard to tell their stories and
see that they are treated fairly under the law. I have successfully prosecuted
many discrimination and retaliation actions under federal and state laws,
including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy
Discrimination Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and federal and
state whistleblower statutes, as well as common law actions for breach
of contract and related claims. If you are dealing with harassment or
retaliation in the workplace, I will work with you to guide you in taking
the right steps to preserve and fight your case and represent you in settlement
negotiations, throughout the administrative process, and in court to reach
the best result for you.
I have successfully represented clients in litigation matters in state
and federal court across Texas. I also routinely represent clients in
mediation to negotiate successful case outcomes, including claims arising
from unlawful racial and sexual harassment. In addition to the State of
Texas, I am licensed to practice in the United States District Courts
for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, and the United
States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. I also represent clients
before the Department of Labor, including on whistleblower retaliation
claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission; and the Texas Workforce Commission. In addition, I have worked
on several state- and nation-wide collective actions seeking overtime
and minimum wage pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
I am currently Treasurer of the Houston chapter of the National Employment
Lawyers Association. I am also a member of other local organizations including
the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association,
and the Houston Bar Association.
I received my J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where I joined
the Order of the Barons honors society and served as Associate Editor
of the Houston Law Review. I also interned with the National Labor Relations
Board, the Harris County District Attorney's Office, and the Texas First
and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals. Before law school, I worked as a violinist
and performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony, and
various other local and national performing groups and music festivals.
I started working for SLS as a law clerk during my studies at the University
of Houston Law Center. After graduation, I joined the firm as an associate
and have been fortunate since to work with a team of talented lawyers
and support staff who share the same passion and dedication for justice
in the workplace. If you believe that you have been wrongly terminated,
suffered discrimination on the job, or simply have a question about your
rights under the law, please do not hesitate to call or contact my office.
I would be happy to speak with you.