Employment Law

Skelton & Woody represents employers and employees in all aspects of employment law and litigation. We have handled cases involving allegations of wrongful discharge, equal pay act claims, violation of wage and hour laws, workers' compensation, discrimination, political firing, retaliatory discharge, as well as age, race and gender discrimination.

In 2009-2011, we have represented both employers and employees in business break-up disputes that focused on employment-related claims such as breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of proprietary information and trade secrets. Our clients range from high-tech companies engaged in disputes concerning the hiring away of competitors' employees, to medical technology companies and principals leaving one company to form a new one, to consulting firms whose employees departed to join competitors. For example, one matter we handled in 2010 involved representation of an employer in a high profile case involving rival Texas lobbying firms. For an article on the case, please see the following link: Lawsuit Between Rival Lobby Shops Shakes Profession.

Although the majority of our work involves employer defense, under special and compelling circumstances we also represent employees. Whether representing employers or employees, the firm underscores the importance of a proactive approach to preventing employment disputes before they begin. Skelton & Woody assists employers by reviewing and designing personnel policies, employee handbooks, and personnel training to minimize potential claims. For employees and prospective employees, we help craft emplyent contracts that properly balance the competing interests, helping our employee clients navigate termination provisions, non-compete clauses and severance arrangements.