Overview

Alexis C. Knapp worked in various capacities of human resources and higher education before transitioning to Littler, where she has spent the last 15 years practicing labor and employment law. Over the course of her career, Alexis’s practice has evolved into a deep focus on leave and accommodation issues (The Family Medical Leave Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act, workers’ compensation, return to work situations, and more), from assisting employers with basic compliance questions, to navigating complex challenges in this arena. 

Alexis’s practice has included a significant focus on the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, assisting employers of all types, sizes and industries with navigating the complexities of various federal, state and local requirements concerning COVID-related shut-downs, reopening protocols, and masking, testing and vaccination policies. Alexis also enjoys providing robust employment counseling and advice to clients on issues such as employee performance management, discipline, terminations, discrimination and harassment concerns, and more. As part of that work, she regularly counsels and assists employers with policy questions, issues and drafting.  She is also a regular speaker on a variety of labor and employment law topics for employer and industry groups, and frequently develops and delivers customized training programs for clients.

Alexis is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®). She has appeared in court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Texas Workforce Commission and the Department of Labor, and has handled administrative and litigation matters against individual plaintiffs and federal government agencies.

Before beginning her legal career, Alexis served as an associate dean of the College of Business and Economics and assistant professor of management at Houston Baptist University, where she taught courses in human resources and employment law at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Prior to that, Alexis was a human resources professional in the public sector, where her focus was employee benefits, organizational policies and procedures and training.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Houston Bar Association

Member

Society for Human Resources Managment (SHRM)

Member

Houston Human Resource Management Association (HR Houston)

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2021-2022

Named, Recommended Lawyer

Labor and Employment Disputes in Defense

Legal 500 United States

2016

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2014-2017

News, Analysis & Press

4 Tips for Handling Leave Requests in the Age of COVID-19

Law360 Employment Authority

May 21, 2021

What you don't know can hurt you when it comes to employee health

Houston Business Journal

October 14, 2013

What to expect when your employees are expecting

Houston Business Journal

August 8, 2013

A New Generation of Family and Medical Leave

71 Texas Bar Journal 8

September 2008

Driving Them Away - The Employee Who Quits in Response to Harassment: The Supreme Court Suders Decision-Constructive Discharge and the Affirmative Defense

6 HOUSTON BUS. & TAX L. JOUR.

2006

Speaking Engagements

Who Wants to Be a Lawionaire?

Littler Executive Employer Conference

May 5, 2022

Practically Navigating Complex, Real-Life Leave and Accommodation Scenarios

Littler Executive Employer Conference

May 5, 2022

2021 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

October 26, 2021

Practical Issues for Employers in Navigating the New Federal Emergency Paid FMLA and Sick Leave Mandates

March 24, 2020

Love Your Lawyer: Littler Lawyers Answer Your Most Burning Labor and Employment Questions

Houston, TX

February 11, 2020

From the Judge’s Bench: A Practitioner’s Report Card on the Practical Impact of Recent Family Leave and Disability Discrimination Developments

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

Rehab Roundup: Discrimination & Leave Compliance Issues Managing Employees w/Substance Addictions

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

Creative Approaches for Handling ADA and FMLA Issues in the Workplace: Actions You May Not Know You Can Take

Dallas, TX

October 5, 2017

Today’s ADA and FMLA: Tackling New and Persistent Leave and Accommodation Issues

2017 Littler Houston Employer Conference

August 10, 2017

The FMLA Today: Tackling New and Persistent Leave Issues

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

Making Sense of Leaves of Absence

May 5, 2017

Creative Approaches to Handling ADA and FMLA Issues in the Workplace: Actions You May Not Know You Can Take

Austin, TX

April 25, 2017

Accommodation Issues Under the ADA: Dealing with Medical Conditions in a Retail Environment

October 18, 2016

2016 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2016

Creative Approaches for Handling ADA and FMLA Issues in the Workplace: Actions You May Not Know You Can Take

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 5, 2016

FMLA, ADA and Beyond: Current Leave and Accommodation Issues

Austin, TX

December 2, 2015

2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015

Accommodating Pregnant Workers After Young v. UPS: Navigating New Obligations Absent Clear Court Guidance

Strafford Webinar

July 15, 2015

Getting a Handle on Leave Abuse and Related Problems: What the FMLA and ADA Will Allow

The 2014 Atlanta Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Atlanta, GA

October 9, 2014

FMLA and Other Leave of Absence Issues: Key Issues for Business Owners, Managers and HR

Human Resources Symposium, Associated Builders and Contractors - Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, Freeport, TX

October 8, 2014

Social Media and Beyond: Addressing Employee Conduct in 2014

Texas Payroll Conference, Frisco, TX

September 18, 2014

Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law

Texas Payroll Conference, Frisco, TX

September 17, 2014

Federal Labor & Employment Law Update

2014 Business Seminar, Brazos Valley SHRM, College Station, TX

September 16, 2014

Getting a Handle on Leave Abuse and Related Problems: What the FMLA and ADA Will Allow

The 2014 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 14, 2014

Two-Day FMLA/ADA Workshop

Human Resource Management Association (HR Houston), Houston, TX

July 23-24, 2014

Two-Day FMLA/ADA Workshop

Human Resource Management Association (HR Houston), Houston, TX

August 14-15, 2013

Two-Day FMLA/ADA Workshop

Human Resource Management Association (HR Houston), Houston, TX

November 14-15, 2012

The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 2, 2012

Managing the Complex Web of Leave Laws

The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 2, 2012

The 2011 Houston Employer Conference

August 11, 2011

A New Generation of Regulation A Practical Perspective: ADAAA Final Regulations and the FMLA

May 18, 2011

When Disaster Strikes: Labor and Employment Issues

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and the Law - South Texas College of Law and the Harris County Attorney's Office

March 30, 2011

Managing Employees with Medical Conditions

May 5, 2009

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2007
  • M.S., Houston Baptist University, 2000
  • B.S., Texas A&M University, 1997magna cum laude

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

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