Jamie Lauren Strickler’s practice centers on representing and advising employers of all sizes in employment matters and complex litigation in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration. Jamie has extensive experience litigating cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants, breach of contract, and wage and hour issues.
Recognizing the unique nature of employment lawsuits, she works with clients to achieve creative and favorable outcomes for complicated problems. Jamie has robust courtroom experience, including serving in a lead role in multiple trials, arbitrations, and injunction hearings throughout Texas.
Her recent representative experience includes:
- First chair at a state bench trial involving breach of contract, fraud, and fraudulent inducement claims in business dispute with company’s founder and former executive with minority ownership interest. After winning favorable judgment from the trial court, defended judgment on appeal by handling appellate briefing and oral argument
- Successfully argued and obtained preliminary injunctions following evidentiary hearings to protect client’s trade secrets, confidential information, and competitive advantage in numerous cases in both state and federal courts throughout Texas
- First chair in arbitration defending multinational conglomerate against breach of contract and fraud claims brought by former employee involving wage and hour and unpaid commission issues; won complete defense verdict and take-nothing judgment against claimant
- Won summary judgment for employer in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Ft. Worth Division, case involving allegations of unlawful discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII, Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983
- Won summary judgment, as well as award of costs, for employer in case pending before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, involving age discrimination and retaliation claims in violation of Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1981
- Won motion to dismiss based on forum selection clause in breach of contract case initiated by company’s minority shareholder in case pending in Texas state court
- Won motion to dismiss, along with award of attorneys’ fees and sanctions, filed under Texas’ anti-SLAPP statute (i.e., Texas Citizen Participation Act) in state court defamation/slander case
- Successfully represented clients in investigations by the Department of Labor relative to clients’ FMLA compliance
- Successfully defended dozens of charges of discrimination with state and federal agencies throughout the country, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Texas Workforce Commission, by obtaining no-cause findings and dismissals
In addition to her active litigation practice, Jamie is a trusted legal adviser providing day-to-day advice and counsel to business owners, senior executives, in-house counsel, and human resources professionals on a variety of workplace concerns, including hiring, training, pay, wage and hour compliance, handbooks/policies, leave and accommodation, discipline, and termination, as well as employee misconduct issues and related investigations. Jamie regularly conducts manager training sessions on topics including harassment, discrimination, FMLA, and ADA issues.
She also has extensive experience conducting high-risk investigations of code of conduct issues (e.g., fraud, financial malfeasance, theft, criminal misconduct, significant executive misconduct, and misuse of confidential information) and providing legal advice during internal investigative matters. In addition, Jamie has experience representing higher education institutions and universities in conducting investigations involving sexual harassment and sexual misconduct allegations under Title IX.
Prior to joining Littler, Jamie served as corporate counsel for a national franchisor. There, she managed a wide variety of franchisee disputes and litigation throughout the franchise system by working closely with local counsel throughout the country to develop litigation and trial strategy. In addition to her litigation portfolio, she was also responsible for providing legal guidance concerning regulatory and corporate governance matters, supply and distribution transactions, and business strategy. Jamie’s prior in-house experience gives her unique perspective and insight into her clients’ competing business needs and enables her to offer effective, practical solutions to minimize legal risk while balancing business realities.