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Labor & Employment

Business-Minded Approaches to Employment Issues

Bracewell has one of the most highly regarded labor and employment practices in the nation. Our team advises clients in multiple industries on a range of matters, which has earned us the reputation as a top practice in Chambers USA and Legal 500 US.

We represent public and private employers across a wide breadth of industries, such as energy, hospitality, manufacturing, education, financial services, healthcare, staffing, media and technology. We also handle industry-specific issues regarding employment and labor matters in the energy sector, including security clearance and NERC background checks. 

Our team brings a business-minded approach to employment-related issues, which enables us to obtain favorable settlements and avoid lengthy trials. We help clients on substantial matters nationwide involving class actions, wage and hour issues, age discrimination and race discrimination. We also handle whistleblower cases, as well as ERISA- and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)-related litigation, collective bargain and union organizing.

Our lawyers regularly advise clients on compliance with state and federal regulations. We work with clients to develop responses to emerging issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as developments in the law.

We have broad experience advising profit and non-profit organizations, healthcare systems, public and private institutions, religious organizations, professional sports teams and hospitality companies.

In addition, we work alongside other practices within the firm to provide a full spectrum of services to our clients, from major M&A transactions to criminal proceedings involving labor and employment issues.

Recognition for Excellence

Our work on behalf of our clients has earned us top recognitions in some of the leading legal publications.

  • Chambers USA – Texas Labor & Employment
  • Legal 500 US – Immigration
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers – Houston Employment Law: Management (Tier 1); Houston Labor Law: Management; Houston Labor & Employment Litigation (Tier 1); San Antonio Employment Law: Management (Tier 1); San Antonio Immigration Law; San Antonio Labor Law: Management (Tier 1); San Antonio Labor & Employment Litigation (Tier 1) 

They often think of issues that have not crossed our minds and are very conscious of the real world and practical demands.

Chambers USA, 2023

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Significant Engagements

Our team represents a range of companies across industries on various labor and employment matters.

  • Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. in negotiating purchase agreement provisions related to employee benefits and executive compensation in connection with its merger with CBTX, Inc.
  • Aris Water Systems on employment and labor aspects regarding Aris’ acquisition of seven saltwater disposal wells and related infrastructure from Delaware Energy Service, LLC
  • Cactus, Inc. on employment aspects regarding the acquisition of FlexSteel Technologies Holdings, Inc. and certain of its affiliates
  • Fortune 500 hydrocarbon exploration company in an investigation into claims of gender and disability discrimination
  • International pipeline provider on multiple immigration issues, including permanent resident applications, employee retention policies and immigration
  • Large independent power producer on all matters related to immigration, including multiple types of visas, employer compliance, high-level/macro-human resources, and hiring and employee-retention policies
  • Large multi-national tank storage company on several labor and employment issues between the seller and the buyer related to the sale of a significant terminal facility
  • Large vehicle rental and lease company in a lengthy and ongoing Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigation