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Katie R. Beaird
Biography

Katie Beaird focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and labor, employment and benefits. Katie works with business managers, in-house legal departments, and human resources managers to ensure compliance with a wide array of federal, state, and local employment laws, including Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and Fair Housing Act. Katie has experience defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation before the Texas Workforce Commission, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in both state and federal court. She also counsels clients on employment agreements, severance agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and employment policies and handbooks.


Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Baylor Law School, 2014
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Texas A&M University, 2011
Representative Matters
  • Served as second chair in state court trial involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and federal and state debt collection violations
  • Defended clients on charges of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation before the Texas Workforce Commission and United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Assisted in securing federal court dismissals of class actions involving wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Prepared and reviewed employment policies, handbooks, and anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training programs.
  • Counseled clients regarding termination decisions, wage and hour issues, and other personnel matters.
  • Assisted in preparing non-immigrant visa petitions (H-1B, L1, E, and TN petitions).
Activities & Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Baylor Lawyer Network
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
Presentations
  • 2016: "Employment Law, What’s Happening Now." presented to Texas Association of Defense Counsel, July 15