Title: Employee Benefits - US
Melissa Goodman is the former Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. Melissa focuses on advising top level corporate leadership - boards of directors, in-house counsel and chief executives - on unique, complex and often crisis-level employment affairs. She is known for agilely managing sophisticated employment issues during mission critical scenarios, including:
Areas of Practice
Successfully obtained and/or defended injunctions and litigated cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete, unfair competition, and other related torts in several states, arbitrations and in various courts of appeal. Draft covenants not to compete for employers and in business transactions; Successfully tried several employment law cases in federal and state courts. Extensive experience in federal and state appellate courts in employment-related cases; Extensive experience in ERISA-related cases representing plans, employers and administrators in several states, including successfully tried a multi-plaintiff lawsuit and obtaining summary judgments where plaintiffs sought several million in damages; Advising and defending employers on whistleblower/retaliation claims, such as claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank; Obtaining summary judgment for employers in lawsuits involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and employment-related torts; Wage and hour litigation, including class actions under state law and collective actions under the FLSA; Obtained a jury verdict for the employer in a class action case in which the class plaintiffs sought $10 million in actual damages and $20 million in punitive damages, which was affirmed on appeal; Counseling employers on various issues concerning hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, investigating sexual harassment and employee misconduct, and covenants not to compete.
Texas; U.S Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; U.. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; Texas Supreme Court;