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Arlene Switzer Steinfield

Arlene Switzer Steinfield

Senior Counsel


  • Employment Litigation
  • Dental Service Organizations Group
  • Biotechnology and Life Science
  • Health Care

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Employment and Labor Group

Texas, U.S.A.


Arlene Switzer Steinfield is Senior Counsel in Dykema's Labor and Employment Practice. With over 40 years of experience in representing management in labor and employment law, Ms. Steinfield is "a recognized name in the employment law community in Dallas" according to Chambers USA 2016. She litigates employment discrimination cases and workplace disputes in state and federal court, conducts employment law compliance training, counsels employers on preventative compliance strategies and proposed personnel actions, and appears frequently on behalf of employers before numerous administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor Employment Standards Administration, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Ms. Steinfield's proactive approach to employee relations enables her clients to address employee disputes effectively. What distinguishes Ms. Steinfield is her ability to devise creative and practical strategies for resolving personnel disputes with minimal disruption to the employer's operations.

Ms. Steinfield represents clients from a wide range of industries, including retail, law firms and other professional service firms, financial services, oil and gas, dental service organizations, health care practice groups, hospitals, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, consumer products, real estate development, manufacturing, restaurants, hospitality, trucking, private schools, and recycling facilities. She also serves as an independent investigator of internal workplace harassment and discrimination complaints and suspected misconduct. She represents employers in arbitrations in both union and non-union settings. She is a trained mediator whose mediation practice emphasizes labor and employment law disputes.

In addition to her partnerships with law firms, she served as a staff attorney in the Division of Advice of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington D.C. from October 1978 to May 1979.

Mediation Practice

Mediation of labor and employment disputes (pending litigation and pre-litigation disputes)

Credentialed Mediator by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association – Effective June 2020

Member, Association of Attorney-Mediators, July 2020 - Present

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia

New York


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, Executive Editorial Board, American Criminal Law Review, 1978 University of Rochester, B.A., Social Psychology, with Distinction, 1975 Université de Montpellier, Faculté des Lettres, Montpellier, France, 1973-74
Areas of Practice

Biotechnology and Life Science | Dental Service Organizations Group | Employment Litigation | Health Care | Hospitality | Labor & Employment | Litigation | Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products | Physicians, Mid-Level Providers & Allied Health Professionals

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
American Bar Association
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
Employer Co-Chair, Sponsorships, Donors and Grants Taskforce, 2009-2011
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual CLE Conference
Employer Co-chair, 2009
Employer Vice Chair, 2008
Segment Producer, 2007
Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee
Member, State Bar of Texas
Labor and Employment Law Section
Member, Dallas Bar Association
Employment Law and Dispute Resolution Sections
Chapter Monitor, Employment Discrimination Law Supplement, Chapters on Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment, and Sex Discrimination


Employer Considerations for Employee Return to Work
Dykema, May 2020

Dykema’s Labor & Employment Practice Group created a Q&A overview addressing best practices for employers to consider when businesses return to work. The document discusses frequently asked questions concerning employer recalls, pay and benefits, medical documentation, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, and more...

DOL Finally Proposes New White Collar Exemption Regulations
Dykema, March 2019

The much awaited revised new regulations governing who qualifies for the FLSA white collar exemption has finally been revealed by the Department of Labor. It did so on March 8 by publishing anNPRM(“Notice of Proposed Rule Making”). In December of 2016, a Texas federal court entered a nationwide injunction halting the implementation of new regulations which would have dramatically increased the salary threshold for exempting most white collar employees from overtime...

Supreme Court Approves Waiver of Class/Collective Actions In Arbitration Agreements. What Does it Mean for Employers?
Dykema, May 2018

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, resolving an issue on which several Courts of Appeals and various federal agencies and administrations had disagreed. At issue in Epic Systems (and two companion cases presenting the same issue: Ernst & Young LLP. v. Morris and National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc...


Labor & Employment Law Blog

In the rapidly evolving field of labor and employment law, we know that employers need to stay informed about changes in the law, and how these changes impact day-to-day business operations. Dykema’s Labor & Employment Law Blog (www.laboremployment-lawblog.com) discusses important labor and...

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