She is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in the field of Labor and Employment Law, and she counsels clients in areas such as wage and hour law, discrimination and harassment claims, leaves of absence, employee terminations and reductions in force. Felicity regularly represents employers in employment litigation (including class actions) in state and federal court and in employment arbitrations. Felicity also advises clients on the risks and implications arising from the use of social media, and creates guidelines and social media policy recommendations. Felicity is a frequent lecturer on numerous employment law topics, including FMLA, ADA, FLSA, harassment and social media.
Felicity is the former co-chair of Haynes and Boone's 60-person Attorney Diversity and Inclusion Committee, where she focused on advancing the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers within the firm.
EducationJ.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1992, Member, Journal of Law and Technology
B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 1989, Cornell National Scholar
Significant AccomplishmentsDefended a well-known U.S. corporation in a highly-publicized, class-based discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in U.S. District Court under the Americans with Disabilities Act and secured summary judgment on the basis that the class EEOC sought to represent was not disabled within the meaning of the ADA in EEOC v. Exxon Corp., 124 F.Supp. 2d 987 (N.D. Tex. 2000).
Successfully argued before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Hockman v. Westward Communications, 407 F.3d 317 (5th Cir. 2004), issue of first impression, which resulted in employer friendly defense standard in co-worker harassment cases; also handled companion case, Harvill v. Westward Communications, 433 F.3d 428 (5th Cir. 2005) (the Westward cases are often cited in the Fifth Circuit on various aspects of sexual harassment jurisprudence).
Helped secure a Fifth Circuit opinion that an employer can defend a safety-based policy under the ADA on business necessity grounds.
Successfully tried numerous employment law cases in Federal and State courts, as well as several arbitration forums.
Successfully obtained and/or defended numerous temporary and permanent injunctions in misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and covenant not to compete cases.
Representation of securities brokerage firms in employment disputes. Recent experience includes a complete defense award for a client in a dispute filed by a former broker challenging stock forfeiture provisions in national employer's employee incentive compensation plan (Howell v. Citigroup Global Markets Inc.,NYSE No. 2004-015794).
Successfully handled several wage and hour litigation matters, including multiple collective actions under the FLSA.
Obtained dismissal of sexual harassment case for employer based on jurisdictional arguments in Lee v. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53693 (S.D. Tex., July 25, 2007).
Obtained numerous summary judgments for employers in employment litigation matters, including: (1) Hockman v. Westward Communications, 282 F.Supp. 2d 512 (E.D. Tex. 2003) (sexual harassment); (2) Harvill v. Westward Communications, 311 F.Supp. 2d 573 (E.D. Tex. 2004) (sexual harassment/FLSA); (3)Weeks v. NationsBank of Texas, N.A., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4069 (N.D. Tex. 2000) (retaliation); (4) Garrity v. NationsBank of Texas, N.A., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1454 (N.D. Tex. 1999) (gender discrimination); and (5) Kushner v. Nationsbank, N.A., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12708 (N.D. Tex. 1998) (ADA discrimination).
Frequently lectures on employment law topics for both lawyers and human resources professionals.
Employment law training, investigations, analysis, and resolution of complex employment situations.
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