I am Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Since 1998, I have exclusively handled employment law cases. I specialize in representing executive-level employees in negotiating Executive Agreements, Severance Agreements, and Employment Contracts. The business day ranges from advising clients through challenging circumstances to advocating for clients in federal or state court or in arbitration. As a counselor and attorney, I enjoy developing strong relationships with my clients. Each engagement is a partnership, and I represent each client diligently and earnestly with the utmost integrity. My goal in each case is to work with my clients to get the very best result for them, whatever that may be. If a matter cannot be resolved through negotiations, I also enjoy the challenge of litigation and trial. I also enjoy taking on large corporations and handling cases against the top defense firms in the country.
In recent years, I have resolved many cases for executives where the net recovery to the clients was in excess of one million dollars. For example, $1,139,956.00; $1,148,500.00; $1,299,320.00; and $1,867,500.00. In 2011, I had the top verdict in Texas in employment law with a $3,200,000 verdict shared by three clients. In addition to executive cases, I have been lead-counsel in several national collective action cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and have secured several multi-million dollar nationwide wage and hour class-action settlements. I also manage cases under various state and federal laws, including Title VII and Title IX cases, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”), and other employment statutes.
I am a former Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Houston Bar Association (2007-2008). I am a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Houston Bar Association. I am also a former Labor & Employment Law Exam Commission Member of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; the Commission designs and grades the Labor & Employment Law Board Certification exam.
I am admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, the Western District of Texas, and all Texas state courts.
Since 2005, I have continually received the honor of being named a Super Lawyer® (a Thomson Reuters service), and I received the honor of Top Lawyer from H Texas magazine in 2013. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, I also received the Top Lawyers honor in the “Best of Houstonia” issues of Houstonia Magazine, sponsored by Green Bank, and I was a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow in 2015-2016.
I have spoken on many employment law subjects over the years including, Trying an Employment Law case, Jury Bias in the Trump Era, The First 30 Days of the Case, Professional Courtesy and Ethics: How You Should Treat Opposing Counsel, Privacy and Tort Law in the Workplace, The FMLA from Both Sides of the Docket, and Employment Cases in Federal Court, to name a few.
I have also been regularly interviewed on KPRCChannel 2 in Houston on a variety of employment law topics. Over the years, I have been interviewed by the Houston Chronicle on several of the cases that I have handled. I also appeared on the Dianne Andrews Show, a popular Louisiana-based talk show, to discuss the #MeToo movement.
My firm and its reputation are important to me. If you are considering retaining my firm, please contact attorneys at any of the large Houston legal defense firms to confirm my qualifications. If you have questions or need legal advice, please call or email me so we can explore whether Shellist Lazarz Slobin can assist you.