Alana Ackels advises employers on how to minimize risk, protect their businesses, and navigate the multitude of state and federal laws governing the employer-employee relationship. She prepares employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-competition agreements, employee handbooks, and other policies that mitigate risk for employers. She also prepares injury benefit plans for employers who choose to opt out of workers compensation in Texas, and she manages the plan roll-out for companies that go non-subscriber.
Licensed in Texas and California, she has extensive experience litigating disputes in state and federal courts and arbitration. Selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer Texas Rising Star every year since 2015, she routinely defends employers in claims involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation; wage and hour claims; trade secret litigation; and non-compete matters. Ackels also litigates complex business disputes, non-subscriber negligence claims, certain employee benefit challenges under ERISA, and insurance coverage disputes.
Alana spends much of her time counseling clients on ways they can minimize risk in their handling of labor and employment matters. She assists employers in terminations of employment, conducts workplace investigations, provides strategic advice for successful corporate transitions, manages reductions in force, 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.