Jana S. Baker

Shareholder || Dallas

Jana Baker represents employers on all matters impacting their employees under federal and state labor and employment laws, including compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).   Ms. Baker oversees investigations, handles charges of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and defends any ensuing litigation in state and federal court.

Ms. Baker also advises clients on a regular basis before litigation ever occurs, handling employment disputes and managing day-to-day employee issues.  For example, she provides counsel regarding leaves of absence, the accommodation of disabilities, preparation and implementation of employment policies, advice on employee separations, and the preparation and interpretation of employment agreements, including covenants not to compete and solicit.

Ms. Baker has litigated all forms of discrimination in federal and state court.  In addition to her litigation practice, she regularly reviews and revises employee handbooks and policies for compliance with federal and state laws, and oversees general labor representation.  Ms. Baker regularly conducts training for clients and presents on various topics, including the ADA, investigations and harassment prevention.

Learn more about Jana S. Baker


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1992

Admittance to Practice

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Co-Chair, Ogletree Deakins’ Healthcare Practice Group
  • State Bar of Texas (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Dallas Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Head Start of Greater Dallas (Board Member and Personnel Committee Chair, 2000-2006)
  • The Children’s Trust – supporting Children’s Medical Center Dallas (Executive Committee, 2007-2011)


  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Is Your Drug-Free Workplace Discriminatory? The Confluence of Disability Discrimination and Mind-Altering Substances" - Austin - November 2, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar (moderator) - "No Rest (Breaks) for the Weary: Getting a Handle on State and Local Wage and Hour Laws" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Healthcare Industry Roundtable - "Developments in Workplace Accommodation for Healthcare Employers" - Phoenix - May 9, 2018
  • Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) Webinar - "The "Weinstein Effect": What Associations Can Expect in the New Era of Sexual Harassment Awareness" - March 7, 2018
  • Healthcare Law and Compliance Institute (moderator) - "Employed Physicians—From Employment Agreement to Separation Agreement" - Dallas - March 5, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Full and Fair Investigation of Sexual Harassment Claims in the #MeToo Era" - Dallas - February 28, 2018
  • American Health Lawyers Association—Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute - "Anatomy of a Whistleblower: Understanding, Minimizing and Addressing Whistleblower Claims" - New Orleans - February 6, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Reel Ethics" - Dallas - 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Surf the Retaliation Wave – Without Getting Caught in the Tide" - Austin - October 20, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "What Do You Mean I’m Their Employer? Recent Developments in the “Joint Employer” Doctrine" - Colorado Springs - September 29, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "So, Just Who Is the “Employer”?" - San Diego - May 4, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "So, Just Who Is the Employer?" - San Antonio - May 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Issues in the Workplace" - Austin - October 28, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Healthcare Industry Labor and Employment Law Roundtable - "Navigating Accommodation and Leave Issues in the Healthcare Workplace" - Colorado Springs - September 28, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Headline News" - Dallas - April 13, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Preparing for Pandemics—A Guide for Employers" - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Telecommuting, Workplace Cursing, and Occasional Napping—An Employer’s Ever-Expanding Obligation to Provide ‘Accommodations’ Under the ADA" - Austin - November 7, 2014
  • State Bar of Texas - "Breast Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshop – Employment Issues" - Dallas - June 21, 2013
  • Legal Exchange Conference, Dallas HR - "Dallas +HR Legal Exchange—Post Election Outlook and Impact on the Workplace" - Dallas - November 13, 2012
  • June 5, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Wearable Technology May Boost Wellness, but Be Careful"
  • “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly Magazine (2005, 2007-2010)
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Insights by Jana S. Baker