Taking the time to carefully listen to a client’s goals at the outset, Sydnie approaches each case by wisely picking the battles that will lead to the most effective and efficient path forward. Whether engaged in a contentious business dispute or counseling on employment compliance, she helps clients navigate to productive resolutions.
Sydnie’s practice balances a mix of commercial litigation and labor and employment counseling on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries, including home health care, home security, manufacturing and telecommunications. She is experienced with both arbitration proceedings and jury trials in state and federal courts, as well as claims before various administrative bodies.
Helping clients resolve a broad array of commercial disputes, Sydnie’s litigation experience includes matters related to contract disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete and fraud. She has also represented clients in a number of real estate disputes, including landlord-tenant disputes and construction litigation.
Labor and Employment
Working closely with business managers, in-house legal departments and human resources managers, Sydnie provides guidance to ensure compliance with a wide array of federal, state and local employment laws, including Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). She advises employers regarding wage and hour compliance, employee handbooks, and handling difficult termination decisions. In addition, Sydnie defends companies that are not subscribers to the Texas Workers’ Compensation system against tort claims and has defended employers against claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation before the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and in both state and federal court.
During law school, Sydnie served as Judicial Intern for the Hon. Judge Benjamin Smith, 380th District Court, Collin County, Texas. In addition to participating in law firm clerkships, she gained insights into corporate legal operations through her roles as a Legal Intern with Lennox International and Legal Extern with Hewlett-Packard.
Sydnie contributes pro bono hours to the Human Rights Initiative, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals seeking asylum in the United States because of past persecution or fear of future persecution in their home countries.