Employment Law

The ability to anticipate and avoid employment disputes is critical to maintaining your company’s positive culture. Human resources is not what you were taught in college or business school. It is highly regulated and fraught with traps for the unwary. Our employment law attorneys work with businesses, business owners, business professionals, in-house counsel and Human Resource departments to anticipate, avoid, minimize and resolve disputes before they get out of hand. We regularly consult about, and draft, employment policies and handbooks. Negotiation and preparation of employment contracts, severance agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and other restrictive covenants are common areas of work for us.

When an employment dispute arises, or an alleged or suspected breach of contract arising from a non-disclosure agreement, confidentiality agreement, or covenant not to compete (i.e., non-compete agreement / non-solicitation agreement), our employment litigation attorneys provide businesses, business owners, and business professionals with zealous representation necessary to protect and preserve their rights from enforcement and defense of claims arising from non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, or the use or disclosure of confidential information or trade secrets, and defense of claims alleging unlawful employment practices.

Our employment litigation attorneys regularly enforce and defend breach of contract claims, both for employers and current and former employees, arising from alleged violations of restrictive covenants, confidentiality, non-disclosure and other types of employment agreements, and concerning confidential information and trade secret misappropriation claims. We also represent businesses, business owners, and management in employment-related matters concerning defense of employment related claims such as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, whistle blower, and wage/hour claims, and we also are well versed in employment claims brought before federal, state and local administrative bodies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

We understand the intricacies of the employer/employee relationship and work with businesses, business owners, HR and in-house counsel in an effort to anticipate and avoid employment related disputes, and limit companies’ exposure should a dispute arise.

Riney Packard, PLLC has significant expertise representing businesses and individuals in a wide range of employment law issues, including:

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Employment discrimination and retaliation claims (defense)

Independent Contractor Issues

Appeals / Appellate

Employment Handbook and Policies

Interference with prospective or existing clients

Advocacy

Enforcement and Defense of Breach of Contract Claims

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Business Disputes

Employee termination and severance

Local Counsel Services

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

Executive Compensation

and Employment Agreement Disputes

Executive Severance

Negotiation of

employment agreements

Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Confidentiality Agreements

Contract Construction

Declaratory Judgments

Fair Labor Standards Act

Fraud

Franchise Litigation

Disputes arising from a merger or acquisition

Non-Compete Agreements

Non-Disclosure Agreements

Wrongful Termination Defense

Disputes between owners, partners, directors, shareholders, or members

Non-Solicitation Agreements

Professional Liability

Small Business, Family Business, Start-Ups & Close Corporations

Trade Secret Litigation

TROs, Injunctions and Emergency Relief

Unfair Competition

Wage and Hour Dispute

Whistleblower Claims