Bruce A. Griggs

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Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1996, Mr. Griggs’ practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law, including:

  • Defending employers in complex employment litigation in state and federal courts in Texas and across the country. Griggs has defended employers in class actions, FLSA collective actions, ERISA actions, and non-compete and other business-related litigation, and has conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials involving claims under federal and/or state discrimination statutes. Mr. Griggs also has coordinated the defense of hundreds of lawsuits brought against a single client in virtually every state in the country. The latter project included managing a team of six attorneys focused solely on the defense of litigation brought against this client, and required the preparation of templates and other tools to streamline delivery of services, ensure consistency and high quality work product, and provide consolidated reporting to the client.  The project also included participation in dozens of mediations and mock trials and extensive strategic planning in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Counseling clients regarding discipline and discharge issues, accommodations and leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, internal investigations, employee handbooks/manuals, employment agreements, as well as other issues arising in the human resources context. Mr. Griggs also conducts training for employers on these and similar issues.

Mr. Griggs frequently speaks at employment-related seminars and has authored numerous articles on employment-related topics. Mr. Griggs has been recognized by Texas Monthly magazine as a Texas “Super Lawyer” in labor and employment over 10 times, and has been named in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2010. Mr. Griggs was elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation in 2005.

Mr. Griggs graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989 and served as a judicial clerk to federal district judge Sydney A. Fitzwater in Dallas immediately following graduation from law school.

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Trial Experience

Mr. Griggs has tried numerous cases on behalf of companies in both federal and state courts over the past 30 years. Representative cases include:

Arbitration Experience

In addition to jury and non-jury trial experience, Mr. Griggs has extensive experience in both employment and labor arbitrations, including multi-plaintiff arbitrations. Representative recent experience includes the favorable negotiated resolution of a disability discrimination employment case tried before an arbitrator, a defense arbitration award in an ERISA and non-subscriber occupational injury case, a defense arbitration award in a disability and age discrimination case, a defense arbitration award in a three-plaintiff age discrimination case, and a defense arbitration award  in a non-subscriber occupational injury case.

Restrictive Covenants and Non-Compete Cases and Proceedings

Mr. Griggs regularly advises clients on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements and has substantial experience in drafting enforceable agreements and related documents. Mr. Griggs also litigates non-competition cases on behalf of companies, including cases that involve claims for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breaches of duties of loyalty. Representative experience includes obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order and Temporary Injunction in state court to prohibit employees from soliciting their former employer’s clients in violation of the former employees’ non-solicitation agreements, and obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order, Temporary Injunction, and Permanent Injunction in federal court against a former senior level banking industry executive.

FLSA and Collective Actions

Mr. Griggs provides FLSA compliance advice and representation to companies, including full wage and hour audits and review of the exempt status of single or multiple job positions. Mr. Griggs also represents companies in single or multi-plaintiff FLSA cases, including collective actions.

Employment

Mr. Griggs advises companies on their rights and obligations under federal and state employment laws, including Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, OSHA, the WARN Act, the FMLA, the NLRA, and their state and law equivalents. The advice and representation includes defending employers in agency proceedings before the EEOC, the Department of Labor, the NLRB, and state and local agencies. When post-agency litigation arises, Mr. Griggs defends employers in employment litigation before state and federal courts in Texas and other states. Recent non-trial results include obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a large national airline company in a an FMLA case in federal court, obtaining summary judgment for an energy company in a race and national origin discrimination case , obtaining summary judgment for a  fitness company in a high profile FMLA case , obtaining dismissal of a Title VII discrimination and retaliation case filed against a national resort company , obtaining three different summary judgments for a banking company in race, national origin, and pregnancy discrimination, and obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a large clothing retail company in a worker’s compensation retaliation case.

Appellate Opinions

Throughout his career, Mr. Griggs has served as trial and/or appellate counsel in a number of cases that have generated both published and unpublished opinions from appellate courts. Published opinions that are routinely cited and relied upon include:

Waggoner v. City of Garland, 987 F.2d 1160 (5th Cir. 1993) (affirming summary judgment in an age discrimination case and finding that the employee’s denial of engaging in wrongful conduct was not sufficient to raise an issue of pretext);

Long v. Eastfield College, 88 F.3d 300 (5th Cir. 1996) (affirming summary judgment on underlying discrimination claims and establishing standard for “cat’s paw” liability in the 5th Circuit – obtained complete defense jury verdict following trial on remand);

Bolton v. Dallas County Community College District, 89 S.W. 3d 707 (Tex. 2002) (reversal of judgment and damages award in class action challenging assessment of student service fees and related fees against students attending community colleges within the District);

Mendez v. New Bell General Services, LLC, 727 F. Supp. 2d 585 (W.D. Tex. 2010) (granting motion to compel arbitration in non-subscriber occupational injury case);

Armendariz v. Redcats USA, L.P., 390 S.W.3d 463 (Tex. App.–El Paso 2012, no pet.) (affirming summary judgment in worker’s compensation retaliation case).

Education

Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Elected Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation (2005)
  • Texas Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Travis County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Austin Human Resource Management Association (VP of Legislative Action, 2007)
  • North Dallas Chamber of Commerce (Legal Counsel 1997-1998)
  • Southwestern Legal Foundation Inn of Court (1992)

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