Overview

Jonathan Wilson is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has tried dozens of cases to juries, judges, arbitrators and administrative agencies. One of his primary focuses has been defending employers in wage-hour cases. In addition, he defends clients in discrimination and whistle-blower lawsuits, executive contract disputes, and fiduciary and unfair competition claims. He has also successfully represented employers in union organizing drives, unfair labor practice and representation cases before the National Labor Relations Board, negotiations of collective bargaining agreements, and labor arbitrations. His experience crosses a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, service, financial and capital investments, healthcare, construction and transportation.

Jonathan's recent experience includes:

  • Successfully defending clients in wage-hour and collective action cases and advising clients regarding compensation practices to minimize the risk of liability under state and federal wage-hour laws
  • Representing companies in disputes involving former employees, including recovering $500,000 in lost profits on behalf of an employer in a suit against a senior sales manager in a breach of fiduciary and unfair competition case; securing an injunction and forcing former employees of a client to turn over future profits from customers; and obtaining a judgment against a former shareholder resulting in forfeiture of the shareholder's stock as a result of violation of a covenant not to compete
  • Successfully assisting a large regional hospital in defeating an organizing drive by the CNA and the Teamsters Union
  • Defeating a former employee's claim of class-wide discrimination, resulting in dismissal of all class and individual claims, and an award in favor of the employer of more than $50,000 in sanctions and attorneys' fees
  • Securing a nationwide injunction against union work stoppages and encouragement of employee slowdowns in violation of a collective bargaining agreement
  • Planning and developing of selection criteria, and implementing major corporate restructurings and reductions-in-force for clients
  • Successfully defending employers and senior company officials in lawsuits claiming sexual harassment, defamation, discrimination and failure to accommodate under the ADA, and tortious interference and emotional distress

At his previous firm, Jonathan chaired the labor and employment law section, served as co-chair of the wage hour litigation group, and was a former member of the firm's Practice Management Committee.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Dallas Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

State Bar of Texas

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Member

Federal Labor Standards Legislative Committee

American Bar Association

Member, Planning Committee

Annual Employment Law Symposium

Texas Association of Business and Society for Human Resource Management

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2002-2016

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2012 and 2013

Named, Super Lawyer in Labor and Employment Law

Texas

Super Lawyers

2001-2012

Fellow

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

2011

Order of the Coif

Publications & Press

The NLRB's 2014 Initiatives

Insight

April 22, 2014

The Potential Expanding Consequences of the D.C. Circuit’s holding in Noel Canning v. NLRB

FLASH Newsletter

Section of Labor and Employment Law - American Bar Association

March 2013

FLSA Litigation: The Billion Dollar Industry

Employment Law Update

April 26, 2012

The NLRB and What Every Employer Should Know About its New Agenda

Texas Association of Business

July 13, 2011

Labor Unions' Push For New Members

Bloomberg Law Reports

Vol. 3, No. 7

February 17, 2009

Independent Contractor vs. Employee Status

Texas Association of Business

July 2008

Protecting Company Trade Secrets, No-Hire and Non-Solicitation Agreements

Dallas Chamber of Commerce

April 2008

Preservation of Electronic Evidence: Legal and Ethical Obligations Involving Electronic Discovery and the Proposed Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

14th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course

State Bar of Texas

2006

Books & Book Chapters

  • The National Labor Relations Act, Texas Employment Law Handbook, Texas Association of Business and SHRM Texas State Council, May 2010

Speaking Engagements

Inherent Tensions: Conflict Between Operational Concerns v. Human Resource Risks

The 2013 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 22, 2013

Labor Relations – Advanced Bargaining Strategies

The 2013 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 8, 2013

The Representation Process in Practice

51st Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration – The Center for American and International Law, Plano, TX

May 7, 2013

FLSA Management & Litigation

Bridgeport Legal Conferences, Dallas, TX

February 28, 2013

The NLRB and What Every Employer Should Know About Its New Agenda

Texas State Council's 2011 Employment Relations Symposium - Texas Association of Business and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

July 13, 2011

Education

  • J.D., University of Wyoming, 1983 With Honors
  • B.A., University of Wyoming, 1980

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas