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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 AND 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

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