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Thomas L. Case

Tom Case focuses his practice on labor and employment, litigation, appellate and public law.   He has represented mid-sized businesses, Fortune 500 corporations and public entities in labor and employment disputes including claims based on covenants not to compete, misappropriation of trade secrets, race, national origin, gender, age, sexual harassment, disability, religion, pregnancy and retaliation, in state and federal courts at all levels.  He has represented public employers, including the City of Dallas and Parkland Hospital, in statutory employment law claims, as well as in claims for deprivation of civil rights, procedural and substantive due process and First Amendment claims. He advises employers on labor and employment issues, educating management on the prevention of such disputes.  Tom has extensive jury trial experience in state and federal courts.

In 2011 Tom was lead counsel for a trial and appellate team that obtained a landmark decision in the Texas Supreme Court, which held that a business’ goodwill is an interest that can be protected by a covenant not to compete in an employment setting.  The decision set aside eighteen years of case law.


  • J.D., Vanderbilt Law School, 1972
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1969


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eighth Judicial Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the Eastern District of Arkansas

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Representative Matters
  • Represents employers in proceedings to protect trade secrets and enforce restrictive covenants. 
  • Defends public entities and businesses in employment discrimination claims involving sexual harassment, gender, race, national origin, religion, pregnancy, disability, age, and retaliation. In 2010, Tom represented a public entity in a high profile sexual harassment suit.
  • Defended public entities in claims involving allegations of deprivation of civil rights and First Amendment issues, procedural and substantive due process, sovereign immunity and immunity of public officials sued in their official and individual capacities.
  • Represented employers in agency proceedings, EEOC investigations and injunctive proceedings.
  • Represented employers in labor disputes with unionized employees, under the Railway Labor Act and the National Labor Relations Act.
  • Defended businesses in a broad range of commercial disputes, including real estate, contracts, interference with contracts and business relationships, antitrust, fraud, Deceptive Trade Practices, construction, professional liability and products liability.
  • For more information on Tom's experience, see his list of opinions.
  • Board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1988.
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers®, for fifteen consecutive years.
  • AV® Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Member of the Labor & Employment Law Pattern Jury Charge Committee for the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Activities & Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Historical Society
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section and Labor and Employment Section)
  • Fifth Circuit Labor & Employment Pattern Jury Charge Committee
  • Colophon Friends of SMU Libraries
  • Friends of the Dallas Public Library
  • Friends of the Highland Park Library
  • Woodvale Fishing Club

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