Employment Law

Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P.’s Employment Law Section is almost exclusively devoted to the representation of management. Our experienced lawyers counsel you to help you recognize, address and resolve employment issues to prevent lawsuits. Our goal is to keep you out of the courthouse so you can make money. In the unfortunate event that you do get sued, we will vigorously defend you.

Our experienced lawyers provide a broad range of employment counseling and litigation services including:

  • Assisting clients in avoiding wrongful termination claims and lawsuits.
  • Providing advice and services concerning employment relations including the hiring process, disciplinary and leave issues.
  • Advising clients on a broad range of workplace privacy issues including e-mail and voice mail, hiring investigations, credit checks, consumer investigative reports, polygraph testing, physical examinations, drug testing, AIDS and medical testing, honesty and psychological testing, surveillance and searches of workplace areas.
  • Providing advice and services concerning covenants not-to-compete, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements, and employment contracts.
  • Advising clients concerning record-keeping requirements and notice-posting requirements of state and federal laws.
  • Providing advice and legal assistance concerning union solicitation, organization and representation issues.
  • Providing advice and services concerning wage and hour issues, OSHA, and non-subscriber occupational injury benefit plans.
  • Representing employers before federal and state administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the Department of Labor.
  • Training for management and employees on employment topics.
  • Defending employers in lawsuits alleging employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage & hour violations, breach of contract and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Defending employers sued by current or past employees for on-the-job injuries whether under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act or as non-subscribers.
  • Defending employers sued on tort theories, including negligence, defamation, invasion of privacy, tortuous interference with employment relations, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Defending employers sued on civil rights violations, including false imprisonment, wrongful arrest, and conspiracy.
  • Defending business/employment matters including covenants not-to-compete, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of confidential business information and theft of trade secrets.