About The Firm

Steven E. Clark

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Sole Practitioner
Location:
Dallas, Texas
Phone:
214-890-4066
Fax:
214-853-5458
Email:
sclark@dfwlaborlaw.com

Bio

Mr. Clark graduated with honors from the University of Houston, and was a member of the Order of Barons (top 10%). He worked as law clerk at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston while attending law school. After law school, he had a two year clerkship at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals,  as a Staff Attorney in New Orleans. He entered private practice in 1980 doing business litigation and tort defense at the Seay Gwinn law firm in Dallas.  Mr. Clark became a partner at the Goins Underkofler law firm while continuing  to practice in business litigation and construction litigation, and representing business clients.  He left Goins Underkofler in 1994 to start his own small firm practice, and as a solo practitioner. One of founding partners of Kennedy Clark & Williams PC in 2010. Mr. Clark left McDole & Williams PC in 2013 to restart his solo practice as Clark Firm PLLC focusing on labor & employment law, while continuing to advise and form business entities, handling employment law issues, and reviewing and drafting company agreements and policies.  He is also active in handling federal Department of Labor (DOL) and state (TWC) audits/investigations of employers and small businesses, and defending related FLSA litigation. Mr. Clark is licensed to practice before U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Federal Circuit, and all federal and state courts in Texas.

Steven Clark has successfully represented clients throughout the State of Texas since 1980. Mr. Clark concentrates his practice on business formation, agreements and advice, business and commercial litigation, employment and labor law, general civil litigation and construction. He has assisted business clients in the review and drafting of agreements, and the acquisition and sale of assets. He also has represented franchisors and franchisees and handled franchise litigation. During his distinguished career, Mr. Clark has lectured and written on subjects such as choice of business entity considerations, trade secrets, non-competition agreements, partnerships, construction law, employment law, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Mr. Clark as an AV® rated attorney, the highest such peer review rating available to any individual lawyer, both generally and in employment and labor law. Mr. Clark has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in Labor and Employment Law since 2011. He authored a book on Texas Employment Law Forms, and does an annual update for Texas Employment Law (James Publishing) on the Family Medical Leave Act.

He has testified on numerous occasions as an expert witness on reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses.

Representative Employment Litigation Experience

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • DOL & TWC Audits & Investigations
  • EEOC Charges & Investigations
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets
  • Sabine Pilot
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Statute
  • Title VII/TCHRA Discrimination Claims
  • Texas Whistleblower Statute

Representative Client Matters

  • Products Liability/Negligence: Defense of Canadian armored vehicle manufacturer against claims of design defect and negligence arising out of a rollover accident that resulted in death of a passenger.
  • Business Litigation: Representing franchisee in lawsuit brought by an international restaurant chain after termination of the franchise agreement. Issues include alleged violations of the Lanham Act and 42 U.S.C. § 1981.
  • Business formation:  Recommends and forms business entities, and drafts related company agreements.
  • Employment and Labor: Represents companies in defense of overtime and minimum wage claims under Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Construction: Advisory counsel for Italian construction company on issues relating to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge across the Trinity River Corridor in Dallas, Texas.
  • DOL & TWC Audits: Represent businesses undergoing audits by DOL or TWC & handle related unemployment and administrative cases

Fraternities and Sororites:

  • Phi Kappa Alpha (Beta Zeta chapter)

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Employment and Labor Law
  • 20% Business Formation, Consulting and Contracts
  • 15% Civil & Business Litigation
  • 5%  Trade Secret and Non-Competition Enforcement & Defense
  • 10% DOL & TWC Audits and related advice and document review and preparation

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Federal Circuit

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. – 1977
    • Member, Order of the Barons, Top 10%
    • Graduated With Honors
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas
    • B.A. – 1974
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Economics & History

Published Works

  • Author,Texas Employment Law Forms, ALM/Texas Lawyer, 2013
  • Contributing Author, Texas Employment Law, James Publishing, Ch. 25, FMLA, 2003-present
  • Contributing Author, U.S. Labor & Employment Law, World Bank Group 2014-present
  • Contributing Editor: FMLA chapter, Texas Employment Law Manual, James Pub., 2003 – present
  • Contributing Editor, ABA Mid-Winter FMLA Case Summaries 2014-present
  • Author, What You Need to Know About the FLSA, Dec, 2013
  • Co-Author, Employment in the Energy Sector: Key Terms in Employment Agreements & Workplace Policies (Dallas Bar Ass’n), Sept., 2013
  • Author, Do’s & Don’ts in the Hiring & Firing Process (Collin County Bar Ass’n), Sept., 2013
  • Author, Issues During Construction, Real Estate Development & Construction Law, Sterling Ed. Service, January 17, 2013
  • Author, Litigation Lessons Impacting Franchise Relationships, 37 Employee Relations Law Journal No. 1 (Summer 2011)
  • Co-Author, Covenants Not to Compete, Lorman Ed. Service, August 2002, August 2003 & August 2007
  • Author, Avoiding Personal Liability in Partnerships, LLCs and LLPs, and Ethical Issues Facing Attorneys Structuring LLCs and LLPs, Seminar on Partnerships, LLCs and LLPs: Organization and Operation in Texas, Lorman Ed. Service, 2004-2006
  • Author, Choice of Entity Considerations, Solo and Small Firm section, Dallas Bar Association, April 2008, March 2011
  • Author, Choice of Entity Considerations, Collin County Bar Association, Sept. 2013
  • Author, Employee Leaves of Absences, Sterling Ed. Service, May, 2004
  • Author, Covenants Not to Compete, 41st Annual Intellectual Property Program, Institute for Law & Technology, Nov., 2003
  • Author, Employment Law Update: FMLA, ADA & Worker’s Compensation, Sterling Ed. Service, July, 2002
  • Co-Author, Trade Secrets and Covenants Not to Compete, Employment Law Course, Spring, 1993
  • Contributing Editor, Digest of Commercial Law: Texas, 1985

Representative Clients

  • StarTekk and CTekk
  • State Wide Staffing Solutions
  • James LoVerde, MD
  • Medical Practice Associates of Plano
  • Aire Serv of Dallas
  • Hordanso LLC
  • HIGH LLC

References

  • Keith E. Davis, Esq.
  • Hance W. Burrow, III
  • Michael E. Clark, Duane Morris
  • Keith McDole and Steven Williams, Esq., McDole & Williams
  • Mog Obahor, Keith Sproull, & Verdie Bowen

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer in Labor & Employment, 2011 – present
  • AV-rated attorney, Martindale Hubbell, 1990 – present
  • Order of the Barons (Law School Honor Society) (Top 10%)
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar Texas, Member, 1978 – present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1978 – present
  • U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Staff Attorney, 1978 – 1980
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Labor & Employment, 2011 – present
  • AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell, 1988-present

Past Employment Positions

  • McDole & Williams, Shareholder, 2010 – 2013
  • Goins Underkofler Crawford & Langdon, Partner, 1983 – 1994

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fmr. President & Current Member, Dallas Trinity Rotary Club
  • Fmr. Board Member, Lake Highlands YMCA

Languages

  • English

Fraternity

  • Pi Kappa Alpha