Overview

Suzanne M. Potter-Padilla represents companies in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies, in a broad range of employment law matters arising under federal and state laws. She regularly provides advice and handles litigation matters involving:

  • Discrimination, retaliation, and equal employment opportunity litigation
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
  • Wrongful discharge and related state torts
  • Unfair competition
  • Workers' compensation retaliation

In addition to her litigation practice, Suzanne regularly reviews and drafts employee handbooks and policies and conducts training seminars for management and human resources professionals. She counsels and advises employers in matters related to:

  • Wage and hour issues
  • Leaves of absence
  • Hiring and termination decisions 
  • Employee performance
  • Immigration compliance
  • Employee investigations
  • Employee contracts
  • Government audits and on-site investigations

As a member of the firm's Global Mobility and Immigration Practice group, Suzanne counsels clients in issues arising under federal immigration laws, including compliance-related matters and issues involving citizenship and immigration status discrimination under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). She has extensive experience representing employers before the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in obtaining non-immigrant and permanent resident status on behalf of employees, and in representing companies before the Department of Homeland Security in audits and other workplace investigations.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Texas State Bar

Member

Houston Bar Association

Member

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Texas

Super Lawyers

2015

Order of the Barristers

Speaking Engagements

Keeping ICE Off Your Tailgate

Women in the Green Industry Conference - John Deere Landscapes, San Antonio, TX

September 20, 2013

Immigration Reform: What is it and Will it Happen?

Houston Corporate Paralegal Association, Houston, TX

September 11, 2013

Immigration Reform: How Will it Affect Employers

The 2013 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 22, 2013

Surviving a Homeland Security I-9 Audit

Houston Bar Association Seminar

February 2, 2012

The 2011 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2011

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2006 With Honors
  • M.A., University College London, 2001
  • B.A., Smith College, 2000 With Honors

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

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