Practice and Industry Groups

Aimee B. Parsons

Senior Counsel Houston

Aimee Blanchard Parsons’ practice focuses on defending employers in state and federal court against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, trade secret, restrictive covenant, and wage and hour claims.  She also represents employers in pre-litigation matters before state and federal administrative agencies.  Ms. Parsons advises employers regarding workplace policies and procedures and compliance with applicable state and federal labor and employment laws and regulations.  Additionally, Ms. Parsons conducts trainings on harassment, retaliation, employee leave issues and other related employment law topics.

Prior to joining Ogletree, Ms. Parsons worked as a prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s Office, trying more than twenty jury trials during her two years as an Assistant County Attorney. She then practiced in both New Hampshire and Texas, representing plaintiffs and defendants in employment law matters and general commercial litigation.


Experience

Ms. Parsons regularly represents and defends corporate clients in harassment, discrimination, and retaliation cases arising under Title VII, the ADAAA, the ADEA, the FMLA, and the Texas Labor Code, among other statues and regulations. She practices in federal and state court. Some of her representative matters include the following:

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on a former employee’s Title VII claims of discrimination based on her sex, race, and status as pregnant; ADAAA discrimination claims; and ERISA violation claims. Shakirat O. Tomiwa, et al. v. Pharmedium Services, LLC; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Houston Division, April 20, 2018.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on a former employee’s Title VII claims of discrimination and retaliation based on sex and race. Oluwanike Arala v. Pentair Valves and Controls; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Houston Division, October 31, 2017.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on a former employee’s FMLA interference and retaliation claims and also his ADAAA discrimination, failure to accommodate and retaliation claims. David Seghers v. Hilti, Inc.; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Houston Division, October 17, 2017.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on a former employee’s FMLA interference and discrimination claims and ADAAA discrimination and retaliation claims. Anthony Francisco v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Company; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Houston Division, August 17, 2016.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on a former employee’s Title VII claims of discrimination and retaliation based on her race and national origin and ADAAA claims of discrimination and retaliation. Ana M. Guillory v. AT&T Mobility Services, LLC, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Houston Division, June 30, 2016.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on a former employee’s ADAAA and ADEA discrimination and retaliation claims. Kyle B. Lewis v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.; In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; Beaumont Division, December 8, 2015.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on a former employee’s Title VII sexual harassment and retaliation claims. Valeri Devere v. Forfeiture Support Associates, L.L.C.; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, September 10, 2014. Ms. Parsons successfully defended her client on appeal to the Fifth Circuit, which affirmed the summary judgment.
  • Obtained dismissal of job applicant’s ADEA discrimination claim. Phillip David Haskett v. Continental Land Resources, LLC, et al. In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Galveston Division, March 27, 2015. Ms. Parsons successfully defended her client on appeal to the Fifth Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on a former employee’s FMLA interference and discrimination claims. Thomas C. Sheridan v. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Houston Division, December 11, 2014.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on a former employee’s age and race-based discrimination claims under the ADEA and Title VII. Joseph L. Fowler, Sr. v. Timber Rock Railroad, LLC; In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division, November 17, 2014
  • In August 2013, Ms. Parsons second chaired a jury trial in the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, Michelle Crevier-Gerukos v. Eisai, Inc., Plaintiff alleged that Defendant retaliated against her when it fired her in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Together with her team, Ms. Parsons obtained a defense verdict.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Woodland Heights Civic Association
  • Travis Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
  • Zion Lutheran Preschool Parent Teacher Organization
  • United States Masters Swimming

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Headline News: An Employment Law Update'' - Houston - February 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Event - ''Reel Ethics'' - The Woodlands - November 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Event - ''The Limits of Confidentiality and the Attorney Client Privilege'' - Houston - August 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Sexual Harassment in the Workplace'' - Austin - November 2014 - November 2015
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