Deke has nearly two decades of experience in employment and labor law. He has counseled and represented some of the world’s leading companies in a broad range of matters and understands that, in addition to substantive legal expertise, clients need practical outside counsel with a strong understanding of their business objectives. Deke’s insightful support on both day-to-day and strategic matters and his skills as an advocate make him a valuable asset to the clients he serves, and his constant focus on excellent client service makes him a trusted partner to in-house counsel and human resources teams alike.
Deke’s primary focus is handling employment disputes, whether through traditional litigation, mediation, arbitration or other alternative means of dispute resolution. Deke regularly represents employers in state and federal court, in mediations and arbitrations, and before state and federal agencies to defend claims arising under the full spectrum of federal and state labor and employment laws. Deke has handled hundreds of employment cases ranging from the single plaintiff discrimination case to class and collective actions, and he successfully partners with clients in the full lifecycle of employment-related disputes, from initial investigation to helping clients minimize the risk of similar claims in the future after the specific matter has been resolved.
Deke's experience as a trial lawyer also makes him a skilled advisor in the many situations where managing litigation risk is an important part of the solution to a client's problem, and he has worked with employers on compliance and policy initiatives from design to implementation. Deke is effective at working with employees in the front lines as well as the senior management team to help identify and achieve a successful outcome, and he helps clients proactively manage their legal risks through training, effective employee communications, and improved HR processes and procedures.
Deke frequently represents clients on the following matters
Employment litigation, mediation and arbitration
Wage and hour law compliance
Prevention and defense of claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation
Investigation and defense of "whistleblower" claims
Non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants
Compliance with various leave laws
Reasonable accommodations and the interactive
J.D., University of Houston Law Center (1998)
B.A, The University of Texas at Austin (1991)