Overview

With more than 20 years of employment litigation experience, Charles H. Wilson focuses his practice on representing national and international companies in cases involving discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour violations, whistleblowing and retaliation, breaches of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets. Charles also guides employers  in conducting single-employee and mass layoffs, disciplining employees, providing intermittent FMLA and ADAAA workplace accommodations, wage and hour law compliance, and conducting  investigations of discrimination and harassment complaints. His areas of concentration include:

  • Class and collective wage and hour actions
  • Employee raiding and non-compete cases
  • FMLA leave and ADAAA litigation
  • Litigation and trials

Charles, who is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, has an impressive track record of defending employers in a range of employment-related matters, including:

  • Winning summary judgments on behalf of national logistics company and community services organization in separate age discrimination cases where a number of the decision makers made ageist remarks
  • Winning two summary judgments for national logistics company based on the Motor Carrier Exemption in subsequent FLSA collective actions despite the fact that plaintiffs did not actually load or drive trucks in interstate assignments
  • Winning TRO and securing temporary injunction in non-compete case on behalf of an international information technology solutions company against a former employee and the employee’s new employer
  • Winning TRO and securing a permanent injunction using the inevitable disclosure theory on behalf of an international pharmaceutical compounding company against a former employee
  • Jury trial defense verdict on behalf of national jewelry chain in racial profiling case where the plaintiffs utilized “testers” to corroborate discriminatory practices
  • Trying to jury verdict breach of change in control agreement on behalf of national plumbing company
  • Defense of national nursing home company in jury trial of race discrimination and retaliation claims pursued by former director of human resources
  • Defense of energy services company in hybrid class and collective wage and hour actions in Texas and Illinois

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of Texas

Member

Labor and Employment Section

National Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Section

Houston Bar Association

Chair, 2016-2017

Recognition

Named, Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2011-2017

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2005, 2007-2009

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2016

News, Analysis & Press

Racism, Sexism at Protests, on Social Media an Employer Headache

My San Antonio

September 05, 2017

Politics at Work

Politics at Work

January 2017

Garland on the High Court: What It Could Mean for Employers

Law360

April 26, 2016

When Employee Ranking Systems Become A Legal Liability

Law360

April 1, 2016

Confront Employees Who Perpetrate Domestic Violence

SHRM Online

October 8, 2014

Lawsuit Challenges Limits on What Employees Can Say on Social Media

Houston Chronicle

August 27, 2014

Books & Book Chapters

  • The Family Medical Leave Act, Second edition, American Bar Association, Contributing author, 2017

Speaking Engagements

Wage and Hour Mistakes Employers Still Make (and Some New Challenges)

2018 Houston Employer Conference

August 8, 2018

Restrictive Covenants and Proprietary Information: Avoiding Pitfalls, Recent Legal Developments and Consideration of Arbitration as a Lower-Cost Alternative

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

The Interplay of ADA, PDA, FMLA and Worker’s Compensation Laws

American Conference Institute, 26th Annual Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance

January 29, 2018

Labor & Employment Law Update: 2017 in Review and a Look Ahead to 2018

Gallagher Bassett

December 7, 2017

Department of Labor's Proposed Rules

Brazos Valley-SHRM

2016

Legalized Marijuana and Bringing Concealed Handguns to the Workplace

American Conference Institute, 24th Annual Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance

January 28, 2016

Winning Opening Statements and Closing Arguments

University of Texas School of Law, 2015 Trial Skills Training Camp

2015

Hot Issues in Employee Raiding Cases-Enforcing Non-Competes and Protecting Trade Secrets

Texas Lawyer, In-House Energy Summit

2015

Education

  • J.D., Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Lawcum laude
  • B.A., University of Connecticut

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

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