Edward F. Berbarie represents and advises clients in a wide range of employment and traditional labor related matters, including:

  • Drafting and enforcing arbitration agreements
  • Claims of discrimination and harassment
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Union grievances and unfair labor practice charges
  • Covenants not to compete and unfair competition
  • Appeals

Edward is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he has significant experience in representing and advising clients in complex commercial disputes.

Edward is one of the firm’s subject matter resources in the field of employment arbitration agreements and a core member of Littler’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. A large part of his practice is devoted to drafting and enforcing arbitration agreements and arbitrating labor and employment matters. He has argued arbitration enforcement issues in state and federal courts across the country, including appellate and state supreme courts. He was counsel for petitioner in a case involving arbitration enforcement issues that was successful before the U. S. Supreme Court. He frequently writes and speaks on arbitration topics, including the latest developments in arbitration law.

Edward has defended clients in all types of cases from single-plaintiff matters to class action and collective actions. He has obtained complete defense verdicts and summary judgments in various cases, such as:

  • Federal whistleblower claims
  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims
  • Defamation claims
  • Federal and state wage and hour claims
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations

Additionally, Edward has successfully defended management numerous times against grievances and unfair labor practice charges.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

Housing Crisis Center


Interscholastic Mock Trial Team

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law


Labor and Employment Section

Dallas Bar Association

Regional Co-Chair, Management Side

Annual Trial Advocacy Competition

American Bar Association


American Bar Association

News, Analysis & Press

Will the NLRB Consider You a Joint-Employer Now? Understanding and Avoiding the Consequences of Browning-Ferris

The Transportation Lawyer

October 2015

Arbitrator to Decide Class Arbitration Question in Reimbursement Action

Thomson Reuters Westlaw’s Employment Journal

September 15, 2015

The Principal Differences Between Labor and Employment Arbitration

The Advocate: Texas State Bar Litigation Section Report, Vol. 69

January 2015

NLRB Ruling On Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements Rejected on Appeal

Bloomberg Law, BNA’s Health Law Reporter

December 19, 2013

Supreme Court shuts down latest challenge to class-waiver provisions

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Journal Employment

July 26, 2013

Speaking Engagements

The Battle Over Arbitration Continues: The FAA, the NLRA and Other Lingering Skirmishes

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

The Current Status of Arbitration Agreements Under the New Administration and in the Courts

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

See You In Court!? Arbitration Agreements and Jury Waivers

State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Section, 27th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute

August 19, 2016

Flanking Attacks and Other Maneuvers: How the Plaintiffs’ Bar Defeats Arbitral Class Waiver Clauses

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016

Best Practices Related to Compelling Arbitration: Ten Things You Should and Should Not Be Doing

Littler webinar

March 31, 2016

Hot Topics in Employment Law

Corporate Counsel Section - Dallas Bar Association

February 2, 2016
Employment Law Resolutions for 2016

Dallas, TX

January 21, 2016

Proposed Blacklisting Rule


June 16, 2015
2015 Employment Law Update

Dallas, TX

June 11, 2015

Fighting Back Against New Anti-Arbitration Tactics by the Government, Hostile Courts and an Energized Plaintiffs’ Bar

The Executive Employer Conference Phoenix, AZ

May 8, 2015

Arbitration Wars! The Plaintiffs’ Bar Strikes Back – the Threat of Mass Arbitrations, Other Tactics and What you Can Do About It

The Executive Employer Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2014

Arbitration: Pros and Cons – Debunking the Myths

Corporate Counsel Section - Dallas Bar Association

March 4, 2014
The Great Arbitration Debate

Dallas, TX

January 30, 2014

Labor and Employment Law Update

Corporate Counsel Section - Dallas Bar Association

March 5, 2013

The Never-Ending Story: Arbitration Agreements and the Law

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Recent Developments at the U. S. Supreme Court Regarding Labor and Employment Arbitrations

Labor Law Program - Center for American and International Law

May 6, 2011
Arbitration Agreements: Clause and Effect

Dallas, TX

August 4, 2010

Understanding and Implementing an Update on the ADAAA and FMLA Regulations

Dallas, TX

April 28, 2010


  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2004cum laude
  • B.A., University of Texas, Dallas, 1998

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas