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Brent D. Hockaday
Biography

Brent Hockaday represents businesses of all sizes in all areas of complex commercial and labor and employment law.


As part of his labor and employment practice, Brent has extensive experience defending employers in federal and state court, including trying cases to verdict, as well as arbitration, and in matters before administrative agencies. Brent’s labor and employment experience includes defending employers against litigation involving claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Texas Labor Code, and other state-based employment-related torts, wage and hour laws, and anti-discrimination statutes. Brent also represents employers in collective action lawsuits arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and class action lawsuits arising under state wage and hour statutes. In addition, Brent both prosecutes and defends employers in claims arising under covenants not to compete and non-solicitation agreements, including disputes involving the protection of trade secrets.

Brent also devotes part of his practice to counseling employers on labor and employment issues by assisting them in establishing and enforcing workplace policies and procedures; navigating the complexities of compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations; and litigation avoidance strategies. Brent aids employers with the drafting and administration of employment contracts, handbooks, and policies as well.

In his commercial litigation practice, Brent litigates complex business disputes at the state and federal level, representing companies of all sizes in disputes arising under various contract and tort claims.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2012
  • B.B.A, Baylor University, 2005
Representative Matters
  • Secured a complete defense verdict on behalf of three companies that provide skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, in a jury trial in federal court against five plaintiffs who asserted claims of race and gender discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, both on direct liability and under the Cat’s Paw theory of recovery
  • Defeated six causes of action arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Texas Labor Code in arbitration on behalf of a large consumer retail and distribution center
  • Secured a take-nothing judgment on behalf of a senior care living facility in arbitration for claims of discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, Section 1981, and the Texas Labor Code, and drafted the winning post-arbitration brief
  • Secured partial summary judgment on behalf of the sub-lessor corporation to an aircraft sublease agreement on breach of contract and breach of guaranty claims
  • Won dismissals of dozens of charges of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation filed with multiple federal, state, and local administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Texas Workforce Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • Won a dismissal of 19 claims involving unfair labor practices on behalf of an international food and beverage company at trial before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Drafted dozens of employee handbooks, arbitration agreements, and policies for multi-state companies in the retail, hospitality, manufacturing, distribution, technology, and various service industries.
Activities & Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • LEAD YP, Class of 2017
Publications
  • Author of the Oklahoma Chapter, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey, 2013 Supplement, January 2014
  • Author of the Oklahoma Chapter, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey, 2014 Cumulative Supplement, January 2015
Presentations
  • 2014: Co-Presenter, Benefit Seminars PLUS Luncheon, What You Need to Know About the FMLA and ADA, October.