Gary D. Eisenstat

Shareholder || Dallas

Mr. Eisenstat is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He defends and tries labor and employment cases in federal and state courts and arbitration proceedings throughout Texas and the Southwest. His practice also includes appearances before governmental administrative agencies and tribunals. He has extensive experience representing management in all aspects of traditional employment law (including wage and hour disputes and claims for discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and retaliation), as well as covenants not to compete, theft or misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition claims, and agency disputes.  Mr. Eisenstat also counsels employers in pre-litigation employment matters, including class action avoidance.

Mr. Eisenstat also represents a variety of clients in complex business litigation matters, such as partnership and securities disputes, trust and estate litigation, breach of fiduciary duty cases, real estate and contractual disputes, ecommerce issues, and business tort cases. Mr. Eisenstat has won many difficult cases at trial and through carefully crafted summary judgment motions. He has also earned a reputation for negotiating very favorable results in hotly contested, difficult disputes. At the core of Mr. Eisenstat’s service philosophy is an emphasis on understanding and appreciating his client’s goals. He enjoys numerous, longstanding relationships with his employment and business clients, which include major corporations in the aerospace and defense industry, securities and real estate industries, and health-care sector.

Mr. Eisenstat has also served as a certified mediator since 2000, handling disputes involving complex business issues, partnership disagreements, employment law, civil rights, personal injury claims, and class actions. His training and experience further enhance the problem-solving skills and capabilities that he brings to all his representations.

Mr. Eisenstat is a member of the board of directors of the Dallas chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. He is a past president of the Dallas region of the American Jewish Committee, and a former director and officer of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.

Learn more about Gary D. Eisenstat
  • Mr. Eisenstat has served as the exclusive employment counsel for the entire State of Texas for several significant aerospace and defense industry corporations.
  • Mr. Eisenstat has received multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of corporate clients in raiding cases.
  • Mr. Eisenstat is routinely hired to counsel and represent business owners (in addition to their companies), on a variety of legal issues they face.


  • J.D., Boston University, 1985
  • B.S., University of Colorado, 1982

Admittance to Practice

  • Texas

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • American Employment Law Council


  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel" Ethics 2.0 - "My Achin’ Joints: The Dangers of Joint Representation" - Dallas - November 14, 2018
  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "The Joint-Employer Quandary: Legal and Business Angles" - La Quinta - November 9, 2018
  • Women's In House Network - "Headline News: An Employment Law Update" - Dallas - November 1, 2018
  • 40th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute - "Employment Law Update" - Dallas - May 17 - 18, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Getting the Generations to Jell: Managing the Multigenerational Workforce" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Headline News: An Employment Law Update" - Dallas - February 28, 2018
  • SMU Cox School of Business HR Roundtable - "Ethics and Options Around Sexual Harassment and the Role of HR" - Dallas - February 22, 2018
  • 26th Annual Advanced Employment Law CLE - "The BYOD Dilemma – Bring Your Own Device or Disaster?" - Dallas - January 18 - 19, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - "A Brave (and Scary) New World Without Performance Appraisals" - Dallas - November 14, 2017
  • American Employment Law Council Conference - "I'm Liable for My Contractors' Employees Too? Strategies to Avoid and Limit Joint Employer Liabilities" - Dana Point - October 20, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Changing Technology, Flexible Schedules, and More: The Multigenerational Workforce" - October 11, 2017
  • Texas Total Rewards Alliance - "Whose Employee Is It, Anyway? Independent Contractors, Employees and Joint Employer Issues" - Fort Worth - September 14, 2017
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced In-house Counsel CLE - "The BYOD Dilemma – Bring Your Own Device or Disaster?" - San Antonio - August 16, 2017
  • University of Texas 37th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute CLE - "Employment Law Update" - Houston - May 11, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Managing Millennials and Combining the Generations for a Productive Workplace" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • G.C. Netweavers Briefing - "Post-Election Trends and Predictions in Labor & Employment Law" - Dallas - November 17, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Update - "Avoiding Employers’ Number One Risk – Retaliation Claims" - Austin - October 28, 2016
  • 7-Eleven Texas Franchise Owners’ Association Meeting - "FLSA Update" - Dallas - September 29, 2016
  • 30th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute - "Whose Employee Is It, Anyway? Independent Contractors, Employees and Joint Employer Issues" - Houston - May 5, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "Proposed Changes to the FLSA" - Dallas - April 13, 2016
  • 23rd Annual Conference, The American Employment Law Council - "Wage-Hour and Fair Credit Reporting Act: Class Certification and Merit Strategies: Answers to Old Questions that Perplex Us and New Questions that Arise" - Ojai - October 22, 2015
  • 2015 Non-Compete Camp, The University of Texas School of Law - "Got TUTSA Literacy? An in-depth look at the new Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act" - Dallas - September 3, 2015
  • 37th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, The University of Texas School of Law - "Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Enhancing Employee Productivity or Inviting Problems?" - Houston/Dallas - April 16 - May 8, 2015
  • Texas Society of CPA’s, Business Valuation, Forensic and Litigation Services Conference - "Daubert and Lost Profits: What’s Old and What’s New" - Dallas - October 14, 2014
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - "So You Want to Be an Expert Witness?" - Dallas - April 10, 2014
  • University of Texas School of Law, Corporate Counsel Institute - "The Devil is in the Details: Boilerplate Clauses that Can Get You into Trouble" - Dallas - March 1, 2013
  • University of Texas School of Law, Corporate Counsel Institute - "Domestic Arbitration: Major Considerations and Current Issues" - Dallas - April 1, 2012
  • 1997 - 2014 - SMU Law Review - Annual Survey of Texas Law (Co-Author) - "Texas Civil Procedure"
  • May 18, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Understand Millennials to Bolster Job Retention"
  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • 2015-present Top 100 Lawyers in Texas by Texas Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas in Labor and Employment Law (D Magazine, 2014-2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America under Labor and Employment Law (2008 – present)
  • Texas Super Lawyer 
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV preeminent rated
  • The Legal 500 United States 2016: Recommended in Labor and employment- Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) – defense category