Overview

Jacqueline C. Johnson devotes her practice to employment litigation and counseling, with particular experience in trade secret and wrongful competition litigation and drafting and enforcement of multi-state compliant non-competition agreements. She has handled several high-profile "bet the company" non-competition matters, some of which have garnered national media attention.

Co-chair of the firm’s Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Practice Group, Jackie regularly authors client updates on developments in unfair competition and trade secret law. She also co-authored Unfair Competition and Intellectual Property Protection in Employment Law - a comprehensive treatise on noncompete agreements and unfair competition litigation for Bloomberg BNA. She also conducts employment law and anti-harassment training for her clients, which include restaurants, staffing companies, and high technology corporations. 

Appearing in state and federal courts in Texas, Jackie also has a wealth of experience with wage and hour collective actions and litigates employment discrimination and retaliation cases arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Texas Labor Code

Jackie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry Lee Hudspeth, United States District Court, Western District of Texas, from 1994 until 1996. In law school, she was a member of the Legal Research Board.

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2013-2018

Named, Rising Star

Texas

Texas Monthly and Law & Politics

News, Analysis & Press

Debating Non-Competes

Human Resource Executive Online

May 3, 2016

Fifth Circuit Update

South Texas College of Law, Employment Law Conference

2010

Three Years Post Sheshunoff Where Are We Now?

Headnotes

Dallas Bar Association

November 2009

Fifth Circuit Update

South Texas College of Law, Employment Law Conference

2009

Books & Book Chapters

  • Unfair Competition and Intellectual Property Protection in Employment Law, Bloomberg BNA, Co-Author: M. Scott McDonald, 2009
  • Employment Arbitration Agreements: A Practical Guide, Aspen Publishers, 2009
  • Texas Employment Law Handbook, Texas Association of Business, associate editor, 2007- 2009 ed.
  • The In-House Counsel's Essential Toolkit, Employment Law, ABA, contributor, 2007
  • Employment Termination: Rights and Remedies, BNA, contributor, 2003
  • Covenants Not to Compete: A State-by-State Survey, BNA, contributor, 2004-present
  • Trade Secrets: A State-by-State Survey, BNA, contributor, 2004-present
  • Duty of Loyalty: A State-by-State Survey, BNA, contributor, 2004-present
  • Tortious Interference in the Employment Context: A State-by-State Survey, BNA, contributor, 2004-present

Speaking Engagements

Seven Key Developments and Recommendations Affecting Your Restrictive Covenant Agreements and Unfair Competition Strategy

Minneapolis, MN

October 26, 2017

Seven Key Developments and Recommendations Affecting Your Restrictive Covenant Agreements and Unfair Competition

Milwaukee, WI

September 12, 2017

Drafting Restrictive Covenants: Planning, Preparation, and Execution

Dallas Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section

June 19, 2017
The New Federal Trade Secret Legislation: Learn What You Need To Do Under The Act

May 19, 2016
Noncompetes & Trade Secret Protection: Drafting and Enforcing Noncompete Agreements That Work

Minneapolis, MN

September 29, 2015
Noncompetes & Trade Secret Protection: An Employer's Guide To A Big Year of Change

Boston, MA

September 25, 2015

Noncompetes and Trade Secrets: Legal Update and Practical Impact

The 2015 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

May 7, 2015
Noncompetes & Trade Secret Protection: An In-House Counsel’s Guide to A Big Year of Change

Dallas, TX

February 11, 2015

Betrayed: Non-Competes after Marsh

25th Annual Employment Law Conference - South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX

July 19-20, 2012

The State of Covenants Not to Compete & Arbitration Agreements

Annual In-House Symposium - Association of Corporate Counsel, Dallas, TX

May 23, 2012

On the Cutting Edge: Protecting Your Company’s Trade Secrets in the Social Media Age

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

On the Cutting Edge: Protecting Your Company’s Trade Secrets in the Social Media Age

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Drafting Non-Competes: Five Things to Do Before Picking Up the Pen and Five Things to Think About After You Do

Annual Meeting - Association of Corporate Counsel, Denver, CO

October 26, 2011
Adapting to Change: New Developments in the Protection of Trade Secrets and Business Goodwill

June 24, 2010
2010 Employment Law Update

Dallas, TX

June 17, 2010

Employment Law Basics for Growing Businesses

Hill County College

2008

Did They Turn Out the Light? The Supreme Court Rules on Covenants Not to Compete

North Dallas Bar Association

2007

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., Trinity University, 1991cum laude

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th 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
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas