Jonathan C. Wilson

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Jonathan Wilson is a nationally recognized labor and employment lawyer. He currently serves as a co-chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. Jonathan has defended employers in wage-hour class and collective action cases, union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice charges, and in numerous federal and state courts involving a broad range of employment matters.  He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA in labor and employment law and in 2011 was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Jonathan has represented employers in cases including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims under the False Claims Act, tortious interference and other common law tort claims, theft of trade secrets, non-competition and breach of fiduciary cases.  His experience encompasses a wide range of industries including manufacturing and defense, retail, private equity, hospitality, healthcare, and transportation.

In addition to defending clients across the country in wage-hour class and collective action cases and in DOL investigations, Jonathan regularly advises companies regarding compensation practices and proactive measures to minimize the risk of liability under state and federal wage-hour laws. He has successfully defended employers and senior executives in lawsuits alleging sexual harassment, defamation, discrimination issues under the ADA and FMLA, and defended and prosecuted claims involving confidentiality agreements, non-competition obligations, and fiduciary obligations.  Jonathan has secured injunctive relief against union work stoppages and employee slowdowns in violation of collective bargaining agreements, and represented companies in nationwide strikes and unfair labor practice charges.  He has advised and assisted healthcare facilities and hospitals in wage-hour matters, litigation of employment and retaliation cases, defending organizing drives by labor unions, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements and arbitrates disputes under labor agreements.

Jonathan is a trusted advisor to Corporate Board of Directors, Private Equity Funds and C-Suite executives on significant corporate matters ranging from advice on complex litigation, due diligence, acquisitions, risks and integration of operations, development of executive compensation agreements, strategic planning on reorganizations and development of selection criteria and implementation of reductions in-force.

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  • J.D., with honors, University of Wyoming, 1983
  • B.A., University of Wyoming, 1980

Admittance to Practice

  • Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Professional Activities

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section; Federal Labor Standards Legislative Committee)


  • Client Seminar - "Private Equity and Corporate Transactions: A Candid Discussion About Risk, Strategic Advantage and Successful Business Investigation" - Dallas - April 20, 2015
  • 51st Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration – The Center for American and International Law - "The Representation Process in Practice" - Plano - May 7, 2013
  • American Bar Association - "The Potential Expanding Consequences for the D.C. Circuit’s Holding in Noel Canning v. NLRB – FLASH Newsletter Section of Labor and Employment Law" - Washington - March 2013
  • Bridgeport Legal Conferences - "FLSA Management & Litigation" - Dallas - February 28, 2013
  • Client Seminar - "Inherent Tensions: Conflict Between Operational Concerns vs. Human Resources Risks" - Houston - 2013
  • Client Seminar - "FLSA Litigation: The Billion Dollar Industry" - Dallas - April 26, 2012
  • Texas State Council's 2011 Employment Relations Symposium - Texas Association of Business and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - "The NLRB and What Every Employer Should Know About Its New Agenda" - San Antonio - July 13, 2011
  • May 2010 - May 2016 - Texas Employment Law Handbook, Texas Association of Business and SHRM Texas State Counsel - "The National Labor Relations Act"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Logo
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Best Lawyers in America©, U.S. News & World Report  (2002 – present)
  • America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA, 2012 and 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyer in Labor and Employment Law, Texas Monthly (2001 – present)
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2011 – present)
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, by D Magazine
  • Order of the Coif


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