Knowing that teamwork drives successful outcomes, Brent views employer clients as partners, always keeping at the forefront the shared goal of business success. With an eye toward the big picture, he serves as a trusted legal advisor and advocate for numerous businesses and their leadership teams.
Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in labor and employment law, Brent collaborates with company leaders, including chief legal officers, corporate counsel and human resources executives, to provide strategic counseling and consulting and to guide them through employment-related disputes and litigation – both with prevention and execution.
Prevention and Employment Counseling
On the prevention side of his practice, Brent navigates business leaders through the complexities of federal, state and local laws. He drafts and creates contracts, policies and procedures governing employment and business relationships. An important component of Brent’s prevention practice is the framework he establishes to protect clients against unfair competition, with non compete and non solicitation restrictions, and to secure clients’ trade secrets and confidential information.
Brent also guides leadership groups through employment-relations issues and litigation avoidance strategies. Through effective planning and documentation—on issues ranging from medical accommodations to compensation structures—Brent helps companies stay legally compliant to avoid or minimize the risk of future problems.
Executing an Effective Employment Litigation Strategy
Whether investigating retaliation claims, planning for a reduction in force, or preparing for a potential individual or class-wide dispute, on the execution side of his practice, Brent is well-equipped to map out an effective strategy from the outset of a dispute should the potential for litigation arise. Brent has substantial experience litigating matters in different forums and jurisdictions across the country, including obtaining multiple successful jury verdicts and arbitration awards.
Trade Secret Disputes
A substantial part of Brent’s litigation practice involves enforcing and defending against restrictive covenants, with a heightened focus on the misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information. Brent has obtained affirmative relief pursuing such claims and successfully defended against those claims. On multiple occasions, Brent’s defense of startup businesses implicated in trade secret misappropriation claims has allowed these businesses to continue operations without material impediment. He regularly presents to attorneys and educates industry leaders on unfair competition and trade secrets issues.
Individual and Class Action Employment Claims
Brent frequently defends employers in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations and matters before administrative agencies. His employment litigation experience involves defending against claims of federal and state wage and hour violations (in individual, class and collective actions) and workplace violations related to various types of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. For clients in a wide array of industries, he has successfully won dismissals of charges filed before various 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.