Adam T. Dougherty

Shareholder Dallas

Adam Dougherty represents and counsels management clients of all sizes in a wide range of diverse industries including restaurants, retail, healthcare and long-term care, transportation, agriculture, colleges, manufacturing, energy and banking in connection with all types of employment and labor law matters arising under international, federal and state laws.  In addition to representing companies all across the state of Texas, Adam also maintains a national and international practice, representing companies operating in each of the 50 states and across the globe.

Adam is also board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

He has extensive experience representing his clients not only in single and multi-plaintiff cases, but also in class actions and FLSA collective actions with putative class members numbering in the tens of thousands. Adam is a committee chairman for the employment law sub-section of the American Bar Association's Class Action Committee. He also serves as the president of the Shelton School Dads' Group, a member of the legal committee of the Texas Health Care Association, the past president of the University of Arkansas School of Law's National Alumni Association, and as a pro bono trial attorney for the Advocates for Community Transformation.


  • Represented numerous companies in high-stakes non-compete litigation spanning across numerous states. 
  • Provides counseling and training to clients covering all areas of employment law including leave issues, wage-and-hour compliance, reductions-in-force and discipline and termination issues.
  • Represented two employees of a Fortune 500 company in the US District Court of Northern Alabama, Northwestern Division. Plaintiffs asserted cutting-edge putative class action RICO violation against them for allegedly knowingly hiring illegal aliens. Plaintiffs further asserted such hiring decreased wages of legal workers. Successfully disqualified Plaintiffs' economics expert and obtained summary judgment on all of Plaintiffs' claims, which included an award of costs. 
  • Represented national employer in a consolidated multidistrict litigation collective action involving allegations by over 13,000 class members that the defendant failed to compensate class members for (1) time spent "donning and doffing" personal protective equipment, (2) "walking time," and (3) time spent working "off-the-clock." Successfully moved to consolidate eight nearly-identical collective actions pending in six states before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and obtained favorable settlement after client filed for bankruptcy. 
  • Represented a Fortune 500 entity in the defense of a racial discrimination claim involving nine named plaintiffs and over 5,000 putative class members. Defeated class certification, obtained summary judgment or dismissal with prejudice of each named plaintiff and successfully pursued claims against the insurance carrier for a return of nearly all attorneys' fees incurred to defend this matter. 

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Co-Chairman, Long-Term Care practice group
  • Member of the Legal Committee of the Texas Health Care Association
  • Employment Law and Social Media Subcommittees of the Class Action Committee of the American Bar Association (Chairman, 2012-present)
  • Shelton School Dad's Club (President, 2014-present)
  • University of Arkansas Law Alumni Society (Past President, 2012-2015)
  • Member of the Member Engagement Committee of DallasHR
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Dallas Razorback Club


  • Shelton School - ''Ethics Symposium'' - Dallas - February 24, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Multi-Jurisdictional Issues Facing In-House Counsel'' - Dallas - November 05, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Employee Handbooks Top 10 Traps for the Unwary'' - Dallas - September 16, 2015


Published Works