Alana Ackels has extensive experience helping clients with complex litigation and employment matters across the country. Selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer Texas Rising Star® since 2015, Alana handles trials, arbitrations and administrative proceedings in industries including: retail, restaurant, assisted living, telecommunications, health care, oil and gas, debt servicing, and insurance.
Alana defends employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and unpaid wages. She also litigates matters involving non-compete agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets. Alana represents employers in challenges to employee benefit plans under the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act (ERISA). Alana also prepares injury benefit plans for employers who choose not to subscribe to workers compensation in the State of Texas, and litigates non-subscriber negligence cases for those employers when workers allege they were injured on the job.
Alana spends much of her time consulting with clients on ways they can minimize risk in their handling of labor and employment matters. She drafts employee handbooks, assists employers in terminations of employment, coaches businesses on how to navigate leaves of absence, and audits companies for compliance with wage and hour laws. She regularly provides training seminars for management and human resources professionals on a wide range of labor and employment topics.
In addition to her labor and employment litigation practice, Alana also handles general breach of contract business disputes, business divorces, fraud and misrepresentation cases, tortious interference claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and insurance coverage matters.
- J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2009
- B.A., English and Spanish, cum laude, Southern Methodist University, 2006