Overview

Edward F. Berbarie represents and advises clients in a wide range of employment and traditional labor related matters, including:

  • Drafting and enforcing arbitration agreements
  • Claims of discrimination and harassment
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Union grievances and unfair labor practice charges
  • Covenants not to compete and unfair competition
  • Appeals

Edward is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he has significant experience in representing and advising clients in complex commercial disputes.

Edward is one of the firm’s subject matter experts in the field of employment arbitration agreements and a core member of Littler’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. A large part of his practice is devoted to drafting and enforcing arbitration agreements and arbitrating labor and employment matters. He has argued arbitration enforcement issues in state and federal courts across the country, including appellate and state supreme courts. He was counsel for petitioner in a case involving arbitration enforcement issues that was successful before the U. S. Supreme Court. He frequently writes and speaks on arbitration topics, including the latest developments in arbitration law.

Edward has defended clients in all types of cases from single-plaintiff matters to collective actions. He has obtained complete defense verdict and summary judgments in various cases, such as:

  • Federal whistleblower claims
  • Defamation claims
  • Federal and state and wage hour violations
  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations

Additionally, Edward has successfully defended management numerous times against grievances and unfair labor practice charges filed by unions.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

Housing Crisis Center

Coach

Interscholastic Mock Trial Team

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Member

Labor and Employment Section

Dallas Bar Association

Regional Co-Chair, Management Side

Annual Trial Advocacy Competition

American Bar Association

Member

American Bar Association

Publications & Press

The Principal Differences Between Labor and Employment Arbitration

The Advocate: Texas State Bar Litigation Section Report, Vol. 69

January 2015

NLRB Ruling On Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements Rejected on Appeal

Bloomberg Law, BNA’s Health Law Reporter

December 19, 2013

Supreme Court shuts down latest challenge to class-waiver provisions

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Journal Employment

July 26, 2013

Speaking Engagements

2015 Employment Law Update

Dallas, TX

June 11, 2015

Arbitration: Pros and Cons – Debunking the Myths

Corporate Counsel Section - Dallas Bar Association

March 4, 2014

The Great Arbitration Debate

Dallas, TX

January 30, 2014

Labor and Employment Law Update

Corporate Counsel Section - Dallas Bar Association

March 5, 2013

The Never-Ending Story: Arbitration Agreements and the Law

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Recent Developments at the U. S. Supreme Court Regarding Labor and Employment Arbitrations

Labor Law Program - Center for American and International Law

May 6, 2011

Arbitration Agreements: Clause and Effect

, Dallas, TX

August 4, 2010

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2004 cum laude
  • B.A., University of Texas, Dallas, 1998

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas