Eva W. Turner

Shareholder Dallas

Eva Turner, who is Board Certified in Labor and Employment law, focuses her practice on assisting clients with avoiding litigation by providing sound counseling advice and assisting with complicated workplace investigations. Ms. Turner also regularly handles EEOC investigations and negotiates with the agency during conciliation.

When current or former employees file lawsuits, Ms. Turner also represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation in all forums, including federal and state court and arbitration. Ms. Turner focuses her practice on the litigation of discrimination, harassment, retaliation claims, employment-related torts, and civil rights claims under state and federal law and in arbitration. Ms. Turner also has experience handling FLSA counseling and litigation.

Ms. Turner received her B.A., cum laude, at Penn State University in English. She then attended Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. During law school Ms. Turner was a legal writing fellow and an advocate in the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic. Along with Ms. Turner’s employment law practice, she also represents refugees pro bono in federal court and sits on a subcommittee of Human Rights Initiative of North Dallas.


  • Obtained unanimous jury verdict in employer’s favor in age discrimination case in Dallas County, Texas in December 2017.
  • Obtained unanimous jury verdict in employer's favor in religious discrimination and retaliation case in Collin County, Texas.
  • Summary judgment on behalf of a large hospital management client on a retaliation claim under the Texas Occupations Code in the Eastern District of Texas. Plaintiff was ordered by the Court to pay the client’s costs.
  • Summary judgment on multiple discrimination lawsuits in the Northern District of Texas. Most recently, the Court granted Ms. Turner's Motion for Summary Judgment on the Plaintiff's FMLA interference and retaliation claims. In another case, Ms. Turner achieved summary judgment on behalf of a restaurant chain against an employee alleging age discrimination. Ms. Turner won summary judgment for the restaurant chain on both a statute of limitations issues as well as on the merits. Ms. Turner also achieved summary judgment on behalf of a retail client on sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. In both cases, the Plaintiff had to pay the client’s costs.
  • Complete summary judgment on Plaintiff's claims of disability discrimination and retaliation against the Company defendant and assault against an individual defendant in Dallas County District Court. Ms. Turner obtained summary judgment on behalf of both the Company and the individual defendant.
  • Summary judgment in state court in Gainesville Texas for a restaurant client where the plaintiff alleged sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Ms. Turner represented both the Company and the individual in that case and prevailed on a summary judgment motion on behalf of both.
  • Received favorable results in arbitrations for a company that owed multiple car dealerships. In the first case, Ms. Turner achieved a complete defense victory against plaintiff’s claims of national origin discrimination and retaliation. Ms. Turner also received a favorable verdict for the client in an FLSA exemption case where she also brought and won a counterclaim against the plaintiff.
  • Assisted in defending a collective action FLSA exemption lawsuit wherein the case was decertified at trial.
  • Achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of a client after she removed a disability case from state court to federal court on the basis of ERISA preemption. This victory also created favorable law on behalf of employers in the area of ERISA preemption.
  • In addition to her litigation docket, Ms. Turner also has avoided litigation for her clients by vigorously defending them during EEOC and state agency investigations, including through onsite investigations and conciliations. Ms. Turner also assists clients with investigations which often lead to favorable early resolution of claims.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Critical HR Competencies: Identifying, Recruiting, and Cultivating the HR Superstar'' - Phoenix - May 11, 2018
  • Interactive ADA Workshop for the Disability Management Employer Coalition - ''Choose Your Own Adventure Under the ADA'' - Plano - April 19, 2018
  • HR Workshop for Ultimate Software, Inc. - ''Ethics and Issues Regarding Sexual Harassment and the Role of Human Resources'' - Grapevine - March 23, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''High Court Insights: Labor and Employment This Term and Beyond'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • HR Southwest Conference - ''Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations, A Step-By-Step Guid'' - Fort Worth - October 06, 2014
  • Client Human Resources Summit - ''How to Conduct Effective Investigation'' - Dallas
  • Client Human Resources Summit - ''Labor and Employment Law Update'' - Dallas - 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Stressed by Stress Claims - The FMLA and ADA Implications'' - Dallas - May 31, 2012
  • Client Human Resources Summit - ''Labor and Employment Law Update'' - Dallas - 2011
  • Client Human Resources Summit - ''Labor and Employment Law Update'' - Dallas - 2010


Media Quotes

October 10, 2017 - Law360 - "4 Ways GCs Can Plan For When Employees Say Bad Things"