Sydnie is a member of the firm’s litigation department where she focuses her practice on commercial litigation and labor and employment matters. Shimkus’ broad experience covers cases involving general business disputes, contract disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete, fraud, landlord-tenant disputes, and construction litigation. Shimkus also 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, and the Family Medical Leave Act. Shimkus 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. Shimkus 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. Named to The Best Lawyers in America’s “Ones to Watch” list for 2021, she is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2016). While at SMU Law, Shimkus served as Case Note and Comment Editor for its International Law Review and successfully competed on two national mock trial teams. She earned her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School (B.A., cum laude, 2013).
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