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Jennifer A. Youpa litigates on behalf of management, often in the retail and construction industries, in connection with all types of employment disputes, including discrimination and harassment claims based upon:

  • Title VII
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Texas Labor Code
  • Numerous state statutes

She frequently appears in federal and state courts and has significant experience mediating with numerous Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offices, particularly in Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix and Denver, as well as with the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin. She also handles the defense and audits of Fair Labor Standards Act exemptions and practices. Among her notable accomplishments, she recently defeated a class certification on behalf of a home-building corporation.

In addition, Jennifer has expertise advising and counseling employers on:

  • Compliance and ethics
  • Reductions-in-force
  • The preparation and audit of employment policies, procedures, and handbooks
  • Employee training
  • Unlawful harassment

Jennifer has given numerous presentations and speeches on a variety of employment-related topics, including unlawful harassment and other forms of discrimination, reductions-in-force, and litigation avoidance. She has served on the firm’s Management Committee and is former co-chair of the Corporate Compliance and Ethics practice group.

Previously, Jennifer worked as in-house counsel for a Fortune 100 company. In law school, she was a member of the Texas Law Review

Professional & Community Affiliations


Dallas Bar Association


State Bar of Texas


Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Pro Bono Employment Counsel

Communities in Schools

Pro Bono Employment Counsel

Bryan's House


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©



American Bar Association


American Bar Foundation

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


Recipient, Outstanding Labor Law Student Award

Speaking Engagements

2019 Dallas Regional Employer Conference

Dallas, TX

July 18, 2019

Step into the Littler Lab: Conducting Lawful Investigations in the Wake of #MeToo

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

Step into the Littler Lab: Conducting Lawful Investigations in the Wake of #MeToo

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

Sexual Harassment 2.0: Considering New Workplace Solutions for an Old Problem

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 2, 2018

Conducting Efficient, Effective, and Lawful Workplace Investigations

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 12, 2017

The Employee From Hell

Austin, TX

November 9, 2016

2015 Employment Law Update

Dallas, TX

June 11, 2015

Employee From Hell

Association of Corporate Counsel, Dallas - Fort Worth Chapter

August 7, 2013

Insiders and Outlaws—The High Stakes World of Whistleblowing

The 2013 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 8, 2013

Defusing the Potential Explosion: Practical Approaches to Disarming Employment Law Time Bombs in Your Workplace

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Assess Systems and Littler present: Employee Selection, Development, and Performance Management

Dallas, TX

April 16, 2010


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1985With High Honors
  • B.A., University of Texas, Austin, 1981With High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission



  • 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, District of Colorado