Jeffrey C. Londa

Office Managing Shareholder Houston

Jeffrey C. Londa is a nationally recognized labor and employment lawyer. His practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law, including complex employment litigation, class/collective actions, collective bargaining and arbitrations. Mr. Londa has considerable experience representing government entities, including public transit authorities. Mr. Londa is Board Certified as a labor and employment law specialist by the State Bar of Texas.

Comments of others, particularly clients, best describe Mr. Londa’s legal skills. In its 2010 Client Guide, Chambers stated: “Londa is a leading authority on the representation of public companies, particularly transit systems, and in collective and class actions.” In its 2011 Client Guide, Chambers stated that Mr. Londa is "remarkably knowledgeable, quick thinking, and to-the-point." In its 2012 Client Guide, Chambers states that Mr. Londa "is a very good trial lawyer and advocate. Clients think very highly of him, and have a lot of loyalty and enthusiasm for him—it's well deserved, too!" In its 2013 Client Guide, Chambers stated:  “His peers describe him as ‘a real bright spot’ and ‘a dynamo.’ Jeffrey Londa is considered to be ‘one of the absolute best’ in Texas.” In its 2014 Client Guide, Chambers stated the following: “With his ‘excellent knowledge and client-relations skills,’ Jeffrey Londa maintains his reputation as a ‘phenomenal attorney.’ Londa is lauded for his expertise in class and collective actions, as well as in other complex litigation.  He has advocated on behalf of both Continental Airlines and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, among others.” In its 2015 Client Guide, Chambers states that Mr. Londa “maintains a preeminent position in the market and is considered ‘as good as they come’ by impressed sources.” In its 2016 Client Guide, Chambers stated that Mr. Londa is “described by market commentators as ‘a great lawyer and a great guy.’” In Its 2017 Client Guide, Chambers States the following: “Mr. Londa is considered by his peers to be ‘one of the best lawyers in the country’ for complex labor matters. Clients consider him to be ‘a strong advocate, expert negotiator and commanding presence.’” Mr. Londa was recognized as one of the five “top-notch” employment lawyers in Texas in the October 2002 and August 2012 issues of The Texas Lawyer. The following is stated in the 2007 issue of Legal 500 U.S.: “According to clients, Jeffrey Londa is one of Texas’ most dynamic and persuasive litigators.”


Experience

Mr. Londa has extensive experience in all aspects of labor and employment law including collective bargaining (particularly on behalf of public transit authorities), complex employment litigation (including class and collective actions), and arbitration.  Mr. Londa has served as chief negotiator representing clients in the negotiation of more than 30 labor agreements with unions.  Mr. Londa negotiated the first merit based bonus pay in the transit industry and has represented clients in interest arbitrations following impasses in negotiation.  Mr. Londa has extensive arbitration experience both as an advocate, representing clients in more than 200 labor and employment arbitrations, and as an arbitrator.

Significant matters recently handled by Mr. Londa include the following:
  • Mr. Londa currently serves as Chief Negotiator for the City of San Antonio in collective bargaining with its police and fire fighter unions.
  • Mr. Londa has served as Chief Negotiator for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (Houston) in its negotiations with the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, for more than 40 years
  • NFIBV et al. v. Thomas Perez et al., Civil Action No. 5:16-cv-00066; United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division. On March 24, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) published a new rule restricting the Labor Management Relations Act’s advice exemption to persuader activity reporting requirements. Representing five trade associations, Mr. Londa filed this lawsuit on March 31, 2016, seeking to enjoin the new rule’s implementation because (1) DOL lacks statutory authority to implement the new rule; (2) DOL’s new rule illegally infringes on the practice of law; (3) DOL’s new rule violates the free speech and association rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; (4) DOL’s new rule violates the equal protection and due process rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution; and (5) DOL’s new rule violates the Regulatory Flexibility Act. This case is set for hearing on our request for a preliminary injunction (to be national in scope) on June 20, 2016. This case has generated substantial media attention and is of national significance. The State of Texas and 10 other states have interviewed in favor of our position in the lawsuit. Following an evidentiary hearing held on June 20, 2016, the Court granted our clients’ request for a preliminary injunction. In its 86 page order issued on June 27, 2016, the Court found DOL’s rule “defective to its core” and held that DOL is enjoined nationally from implementing and enforcing its new rule.This case is currently on appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In naming Mr. Londa on Employment MVP for 2016 because of his handling of this case, Law 360 stated: “Many Attorneys handled a bigger caseload in 2016 than Ogletree’s Jeffery C. Londa, but few have had as great an impact.”
  • Mr. Londa secured a no liability (grievance denied) arbitration award on June 4, 2014 for a client relating to the client’s implementing of a significant change in vacation policy following its acquisition of a chemical plant.
  • Mr. Londa represented Continental Airlines, Inc. in Derek Carder, et al v. Continental Airlines, Inc., No. 10-20105. On behalf of Continental Airlines, Inc., Mr. Londa argued that, unlike Title VII, the Uniform Services Employment and Retirement Rights Act (“USERRA”) does not provide a cause of action for hostile environment harassment. This is a case of first impression in the circuit courts of appeals and on March 22, 2011, the 5th Circuit sustained Continental's position. On October 3, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court sustained Continental Airlines' position by denying Appellants' petition for a writ of certiorari and sending the case back to the District Court for further proceedings. The District Court subsequently dismissed the entire case, denying Plaintiffs any relief. The Plaintiffs appealed the dismissal, and on December 10, 2014, the 5th Circuit upheld the dismissal – a total victory for Continental Airlines.
  • Following hearings held in April-June 2012, Mr. Londa secured a favorable interest arbitration decision on July 25, 2012, which allowed our client, a major public transit authority, to develop routes and deploy employees more efficiently with new job classifications and a new defined contribution pension plan.
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit v. Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 1338, 273 S.W.3d 659 (Tex. 2008), cert denied, 129 S. Ct. 2767 (2009). Mr. Londa represented Dallas Area Rapid Transit (“DART”) in its appeal to the Texas Supreme Court of an adverse ruling by the Dallas Court of Appeals. The Texas Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals’ decision and dismissed ATU’s lawsuit against DART. The Texas Supreme Court’s opinion is a landmark decision with respect to governmental immunity and the relationship between Section 13(c) of the Federal Transit Act and the Texas Labor Code’s restrictions on public sector collective bargaining.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Adjunct Professor teaching Employment Discrimination Law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, for 18 years
  • Texas Association of Business & Chambers of Commerce - (State Employment Relations Committee Chair and Board of Directors) (1993-2010)
  • Texas Labor Letter (Executive Editor, 1991-2000)
  • American Arbitration Association (Panel of Arbitrators; Employment Law Panel)
  • Houston Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section - Member of the Council and Chair (1999-2000))
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association (Management Member, EEO Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • American Public Transit Association (Legal Affairs/13(c) Committee)

Speeches:

  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Mr. Trump Goes to Washington: Labor and Employment Developments in the First Year of the Trump Administration'' - Boca Raton - November 09, 2017
  • 2017 NATERA Conference - ''Texas "Million Dollar" Jeopardy: Employment Law Game Show'' - Houston - September 19, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''“Headline News”—The Perfect Start to Your Workplace Strategies'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • SHRM Gulf Coast Symposium - ''What’s Hot in Employment Law: Latest Developments Affecting Texas Employers'' - Houston - May 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Innovative Strategies for Winning, Managing, and Efficiently Disposing of Employment Lawsuits'' - Phoenix - November 12, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies - ''Employment Litigation 2015 Style—Trends, Risks, and Predictions'' - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • SHRM Gulf Coast Symposium - ''What’s Hot in Employment Law: Latest Developments Affecting Texas Employers'' - Houston - May 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive Seminar - ''In-House Pressure Points: Top 10 High Intensity Issues'' - Dana Point - September 20, 2014
  • SHRM Gulf Coast Symposium - ''What's Hot in Employment Law: Latest Developments Affecting Texas Employers'' - Houston - May 14, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Employment Litigation 2014 Style - Trends, Risks, and Predictions'' - Las Vegas - May 09, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive Seminar - ''We're in This Together: A Discussion of Effective Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel'' - Charleston - November 09, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Annual Labor and Employment Update'' - Austin - October 11, 2013
  • SHRM Gulf Coast Symposium - ''What's Hot in Employment Law: Latest Developments Affecting Texas Employers'' - Houston - May 15 - May 16, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Employment Law Trends'' - New Orleans - May 10, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Annual Labor and Employment Law Update'' - Austin - November 02, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Employment Law Trends'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2012
  • SHRM Gulf Coast Symposium - ''What's Hot in Employment Law: Latest Developments Affecting Texas Employers'' - Houston - May 09, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Eye on Employment Law - Employment Law Trends'' - Austin - November 04, 2011
  • Texas Association of Business Symposium - ''Employment Litigation Trends'' - San Antonio - July 15, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Employment Law Trends'' - Chicago - May 12, 2011
  • SHRM Gulf Coast Symposium - ''What's Hot in Employment Law: Latest Developments Affecting Texas Employers'' - Houston - May 11, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - ''Headline News—The Latest Labor and Employment Law Developments'' - Houston - November 03, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Headline News—The Latest Labor and Employment Law Developments'' - Austin - October 01, 2010
  • SHRM Gulf Coast Symposium - ''What’s Hot In Employment Law: Latest Developments Affecting Texas Employers'' - Houston - May 13, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Eye on Employment Law—Employment Law Trends'' - Las Vegas - May 6 - May 7, 2010

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January 18, 2017 - Law360 - "Biz Groups That Defeated DOL Rule Win Fees"
January 13, 2017 - Law360 - "DOL Taking Block Of Persuader Rule To 5th Circ"
December 12, 2016 - Law360 - "Employment MVP: Ogletree Deakins’ Jeffrey C. Londa"

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