Practice and Industry Groups

Gauri D. Nautiyal

Associate Houston | Oklahoma City

* Currently licensed in Oklahoma only.

Gauri Nautiyal’s practice focuses on advising management in all aspects of employment related matters, including defending employers in state and federal courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and arbitration panels. She represents employers in claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and wrongful termination cases. Gauri also advises employers in matters involving employee handbook policies and procedures, discipline and termination, drug and alcohol testing, medical leave, disability access and accommodation, litigation avoidance, and compliance with state and federal laws. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Gauri was in-house counsel at a large public university. During her time there, Gauri gained unique experience in defending higher education institutions and governmental entities in a variety of employment claims.

Beyond the labor and employment area, Gauri has significant experience representing clients in a variety of litigation matters relating to breach of contract issues, insurance, and tort claims.

Gauri received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she was named the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student in 2013 and was inducted into the Order of Barristers. She was selected to be a member of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Team, and twice advanced to the national finals, receiving individual speaker awards and brief awards along the way. Due to her passion for oral advocacy and brief writing, Gauri was chosen to represent the law school as amicus counsel in a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, where she authored an amicus brief and presented oral argument to the Court of Appeals. Prior to graduating from law school, Gauri served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Joe Heaton, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.


  • Successfully defended public university in a breach of employment contract jury trial.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer involving claims of ADA discrimination and FMLA retaliation.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer involving claims of Title VII race discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment.
  • Obtained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of lawsuit against non-profit employer involving claims of Title VII discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal under Rule 91a under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure of counter-plaintiff’s counterclaims of tortious interference with contract and request for declaratory judgment regarding the at-issue restrictive covenant.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Law Schools Committee)
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law Young Alumni Board


  • EEOC TAPS Seminar - ''Socially Challenged: Using Social Media in Employment Decisions'' - Oklahoma City - August 24, 2017


Media Quotes

April 05, 2018 - The Oklahoman - "Q&A with Gauri Nautiyal: Complex issues may arise for companies desiring interns"
November 17, 2017 - The Oklahoman - "Holiday hiring warrants certain legal considerations"