Ron Chapman, Jr.

Shareholder Dallas

Ron is Board Certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, class and collective actions, non-competition and non-disclosure covenants, leaves of absence, employment agreements and policies, union campaigns, collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, and workplace safety. Ron successfully coordinates work throughout the firm’s many offices for clients with multi-state and multi-national operations, ensuring responsiveness, consistent quality, and efficiency. Ron previously served on the Firm’s Board of Directors.

The International Law Office named Ron as the overall winner for the entire United States and the exclusive winner for Texas in the Employment and Labor category for its Client Choice awards, based on feedback provided by more than 2,000 in-house counsel. The recognition focused on Ron's ability to add real value to clients, with criteria including the quality of legal advice, value for money, commercial awareness, effective communication, billing transparency, response time, and use of technology. 

Similarly, based on more than 350 interviews with top legal decision-makers at the world's most demanding clients, BTI Consulting Group named Ron a Client Service All-Star in 2017 and both a Client Service All-Star and Client Service MVP in 2018, with one client in particular noting, "Ron is very responsive and a real problem solver. He is cost conscious and looks ahead. It doesn't get better than that." The only way to become a BTI Client Service All-Star is for corporate counsel to single out an attorney for client service exceeding all others.

Chambers USA 2018 stated: Ron Chapman is highly experienced in discrimination and harassment cases, as well as noncompete, retaliation and wage and hour disputes. Clients describe him as "an outstanding practitioner as well as a manager of relationships."

Additionally, based on feedback from both in-house and outside counsel, Chambers USA proclaimed that Ron “is a regular name on high-stakes employment cases in Texas. He is ‘at the top of his game,’ according to his peers, and clients appreciate his ‘candid, frank advice, which makes it feel like you're talking to a trusted counselor as opposed to a lawyer. He sees the bigger picture.’" 

Employment Law360 named Ron an “MVP” in employment law and separately listed him as one of the nation's preeminent "rainmakers" based on his "passion" for "being a proven resource and problem solver," noting his (1) "out-of-this-world approach to client service," (2) "competitive rate," (3) "high degree of efficiency in performing the work," (4) "extreme responsiveness," and (5) "great results."

Ron has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA; "Super Lawyers"; D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas"; the Dallas Business Journal's "Top Corporate Defenders"; and D CEO Magazine’s “Dallas 500” list of the most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth regardless of industry, and based on a survey of more than 250,000 corporate counsel, the Legal 500 concluded that Ron “has a superb reputation” and awarded him its recommendation for labor and employment litigation.

Finally, Ron is a Fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, based on a rigorous vetting process involving an evaluation of candidates’ character, integrity, and professional experience, as well as their record of acting as a resource for academia, the government, the judiciary, and the community at large.


Experience

Ron has defended clients in over 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands and regularly provides counseling to help clients navigate both legal and practical considerations.  Ron also has extensive appellate experience and has prevailed in appeals against both the EEOC and NLRB, in addition to many private litigants. Representative clients include BNSF Railway, Boy Scouts of America, Children's Health System of Texas, the City of Dallas, Cushman & Wakefield, Dean Foods, D.R. Horton, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, FedEx Office, Fossil, GameStop, G6 Hospitality/Motel 6, Hertz, Hunt Oil, JLL, Mary Kay, Methodist Health System, Omni Hotels, Raytheon, Sally Beauty Supply, Service King, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Trinity Industries, and Valero.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Employment Law360 (Advisory Board)
  • Former Chairman, City of Dallas Civil Service Board
  • Former Chairman, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Speeches:

  • Dallas Bar Association - ''Employment Arbitration Agreements & Class Action Waivers: What's Next After the Supreme Court Speaks'' - Dallas - May 21, 2018
  • 40th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute - ''Employment Arbitration Agreements: New Strategies After the Supreme Court Speaks'' - Dallas - May 17 - May 18, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Arbitration Update: The Latest on Enforcement, Class Action Waivers, and More'' - Boca Raton - November 09, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''“Headline News”—The Perfect Start to Your Workplace Strategies'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • General Counsel Forum - ''Independent Contractors or Employees? Developments, Risks, & Lessons from the Trenches'' - Dallas - September 21, 2016
  • Dallas Bar Labor & Employment Law Section CLE Luncheon - ''Arbitration Agreements & Class Action Waivers: The Latest Developments and Drafting Tips'' - Dallas - April 18, 2016
  • DallasHR Legal Roundtable - ''Strategies for Effective Partnerships with Outside Counsel'' - Dallas - January 12, 2016
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Webcast - ''Effectiveness of Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers ... Are Class Actions a Thing of the Past?'' - Dallas - December 09, 2015
  • American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers - ''The Impact of D.R. Horton and Noel Canning'' - Dallas - September 23, 2014
  • North Dallas Chamber of Commerce HR Conference - ''Employment Law Update'' - Dallas - April 29, 2014
  • American Petroleum Labor Lawyers Association - ''The Latest Labor Law Developments for Both Unionized and Non-Unionized Employers'' - Houston - October 24, 2013
  • HR Southwest Conference - ''Show Me The Money - Employment Laws That Can Actually Save Employers $$$'' - Fort Worth - October 21, 2013
  • HR Southwest - ''Tools for Defending Employment Lawsuits Without Breaking the Bank'' - Fort Worth - October 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''State of Confusion - State Law Considerations for HR Professionals'' - Phoenix - May 11, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Arbitration Agreement "Smack Down" - Class Action Waivers Take a Bruising'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Retaliation Litigation - The Risks Escalate'' - Chicago - May 13, 2011

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May 24, 2018 - Employment Law Daily - "SCOTUS class arbitration waiver decision a boon for employers, a blow to employees, a narrow take on Section 7"
May 23, 2018 - LegalTech News - "Ogletree Launches Tool to Automate Arbitration Agreements Following SCOTUS Decision"

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