Baker & Hostetler LLP

Labor & Employment Department

Texas
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What the team is known for

Nationwide practice with a solid offering in the Texas market and a strong and growing portfolio of labor and employment work, particularly in the oil and gas arena. Areas of expertise include discrimination, OSHA, noncompetition and wrongful termination. Advises clients on the drafting of workplace policies and practices.

Strengths

One client comments: "Every attorney with whom I have worked has been responsive and extremely knowledgeable."

Interviewees also describe the team as "very effective, efficient and responsive."

Work highlights

Acted for Power Line Services in a breach of contract and fraud case involving an employment contract and severance agreement.

Notable practitioners

Dennis Duffy is a highly regarded litigator with experience handling a wide range of contentious labor and employment mandates, including workers' safety, FLSA and discrimination claims. "He is probably the smartest attorney I know," reports one client, while another describes him as "highly professional" and adds: "He is maximum effort and maximum ability together in one person."

Drew Tipton leads the firm's Houston labor and employment team. He frequently represents employers in the oil and gas sector in litigation, such as noncompetition and discrimination disputes. Sources say: "Drew is very knowledgeable in the law and has a great sense of humor, which he is able to utilize in front of a jury without it looking forced."

Edward Friedman is noted for his expert handling of trade secret misappropriation and noncompetition disputes. One client comments: "He is quite amazing and would be an asset to anyone."