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Brent D. Hockaday
Biography

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


Brent is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in labor and employment law. Brent defends employers in federal and state court, as well as arbitration and in matters before administrative agencies. Brent’s labor and employment experience includes defending employers against litigation—including trying cases to verdict—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 defends employers against collective action lawsuits arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and class action lawsuits arising under state wage and hour statutes. In addition, Brent enforces and defends against the enforcement of restrictive covenants, including disputes involving the protection of trade secrets. Brent also defends personal injury and benefit claims on behalf of employers who are nonsubscribers to the Texas Workers' Compensation Act.

Brent also counsels employers on litigation avoidance strategies by assisting them with establishing, drafting, and enforcing workplace policies and procedures, as well as navigating the complexities of federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

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. Like his employment practice, Brent represents businesses of all sizes and all phases of litigation.

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 in a federal court jury trial on behalf of a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center against Title VII discrimination and retaliation claims from five plaintiffs
  • Defeated six causes of action in arbitration on behalf of a large consumer retail and distribution center against Americans with Disabilities Act and Texas Labor Code claims
  • Secured a take-nothing judgment in arbitration on behalf of a senior care living facility against claims of discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, Section 1981, and the Texas Labor Code
  • Secured partial summary judgment on behalf of a sub-lessor to an aircraft sublease agreement on breach of contract and breach of guaranty claims, and obtained a $280,000 jury verdict
  • 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.
Activities & Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • The Patrick Higginbotham Inn of Court
  • Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • YP Board of Directors, 2018 - present
    • 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.