J. Paul Rinnan

Associate || Houston

J. Paul Rinnan is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment Law. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University in 2007 and received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 2010.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Paul practiced at a Houston-based labor & employment law firm handling various employment law matters on behalf of employees and employers. His experience includes discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases brought under Title VII, the Texas Labor Code, and similar federal and state statutes and regulations. He has also handled collective action litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition to representing employers in litigation, he also handled matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2010
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Texas Christian University, 2007

Admittance to Practice

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Houston Committee on Foreign Relations
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section


  • Ogletree Deakins Podcast - "Employment Law Legends, Episode 1 – Employment Law Reborn: West Coast Hotel v. Parrish" - April 16, 2019
  • Ogletree Deaking Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - "A Brave New World for Performance Appraisals" - Houston - November 15, 2017
  • Express Employment Professionals Seminar - "New Overtime Regulations Are Coming. Are You Ready?" - College Station - November 22, 2016
  • 18th Annual Employment Law Update - "Understanding the Affordable Care Act" - The Woodlands - November 7, 2014
  • The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce Business Summit on Healthcare - "Healthcare Reform and You: A Guide to the PPACA" - The Woodlands - April 30, 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2018-present)

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