Overview

Danielle K. Herring focuses her practice on a variety of employment litigation matters as well as client counseling. She represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

Danielle also regularly counsels employers on issues involving federal, state and local statutes and regulations, as well as the common law. She has represented employers in administrative charges, litigation and disputes related to:

  • Discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, national origin, religion, and disability
  • Retaliation
  • Harassment
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Employment tort claims

Danielle’s litigation practice includes a particular focus on denial of benefits claims filed under ERISA. She has experience defending plan sponsors, fiduciaries and claims administrators in a wide range of ERISA cases across the country. 

Danielle serves as the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative liaison for the Houston office and is co-chair of the ERISA and Benefit Plan Litigation Practice Group.

 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Houston Bar Association

Member

Asian American Bar Association of Houston

Member

State Bar of Texas

Council member

Labor & Employment Section

Houston Bar Association

2012-2015

Dean

Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity International

Baylor University School of Law

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Texas

Super Lawyers

2016-2017

Named, Rising Star

Texas Monthly Magazine

2012-2015

Named, Top Lawyer

Houstonia Magazine

2015

Books & Book Chapters

  • Employee Benefits Law, Third Edition, 2015 Cumulative Supplement, Contributing Author

Speaking Engagements

2018 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 8, 2018

Human Resource Law from A to Z

NBI Seminar, Houston, TX

May 2, 2017
2016 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2016
Chutes and Ladders: Tips for Winning When Faced with Wage/Hour Challenges Under the FLSA

October 22, 2015
2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015

Hiring, Performance Management and Termination

Labor & Employment Webinar Series - Littler Mendelson and BB&T

September 18, 2014
The 2014 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 14, 2014

Ethical Issues for Corporate Counsel

The 2013 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 22, 2013
The Shifting Landscape of Employee Benefits – Imperatives for 2012 and Beyond

Los Angeles, CA

October 11, 2012
The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TXDallas, TX

August 2, 2012

Controlling Employee Personal Behavior in the Age of Social Media and Personal Technology

The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 2, 2012

Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make, and How to Avoid Them

2012 Annual Meeting - State Bar of Texas

June 14, 2012
The 2011 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2011

Retaliation: How Do You Stop It, What Does It Mean and Why Are Claims Still Growing?

The Littler Mendelson Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 12, 2010
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: How to Walk the Minefield

Houston, TX

June 30, 2009

Federal Discrimination Update – Recent Decisions of Interest from the Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit

Advanced Employment Law CLE - University of Houston, Houston and Dallas, TX

March 2009

Avoiding Employment Law Claims: Top Ten Ways to Avoid Getting Sued by Employees

University of Houston Law Foundation, Houston and Dallas, TX

June 2008

Don’t Say FMLA Unless You Mean It

Legal Update, Labor and Employment Section - Houston Bar Association

June 2006

Managing Human Resources: A Legal Perspective

University of Houston Continuing Education, Houston, TX

2006
Legal Fundamentals for Employers

Houston, TX

November 16, 2005

Top Ten HR Issues

Nonprofit Law Institute, Houston, TX

March 3, 2005

Education

  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., Baylor University, 1998With Honors

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • 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. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit