James R. Staley

Shareholder Houston

Jim Staley is an attorney who joined Ogletree Deakins in 2004.  He represents employers and management in all aspects of employment law, ranging from client counseling regarding employment practices, policies, changes in employment laws, termination/disciplinary decisions, and workplace investigations, as well as representing employers and management in defense of claims before state and federal administrative agencies, state and federal trial courts, arbitrators, and state and federal appellate courts.


Experience

Jim’s practice primary focuses on representing management and employers in litigation. Some of Jim’s more recent representative engagements include:

  • Successful defense of a large automobile dealership company in an arbitration involving age and disability discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. The plaintiff sought more than a million dollars in damages.The arbitrator awarded the plaintiff zero and awarded the dealership some of its fees.
  • Successful defense of a large construction equipment rental company in a state court lawsuit involving a claim for misappropriation of trade secrets.  The jury delivered a full defense verdict and the court denied the plaintiff’s request for permanent injunctive relief.
  • Successful defense of a large automobile dealership company in an arbitration involving an age discrimination claim arising out of a termination. The arbitrator issued a full defense/no liability award for the dealership.
  • Successful defense of a large retail company in a federal court lawsuit involving claims for assault, sexual harassment allegedly involving a former manager.  The jury delivered a full defense verdict.
  • Successful defense of local company in an arbitration involving claims by a former employee for fraud and breach of contract.The arbitrator issued a full defense/no liability award for the client.
  • Successful defense of disaster management company in a federal appeal involving claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach covenant not to compete.  The appeals court affirmed the trial court’s denial of the plaintiff’s request for a temporary injunction.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Speeches:

  • Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce - ''Hiring and Firing: The Right Way and the Wrong Way'' - Houston - December 2009
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