Overview

A. John Harper III represents employers in all aspects of labor relations, including:

  • Organizing drives
  • Collective bargaining
  • Interpretation and application of labor agreements
  • Grievance and arbitration proceedings

John also assists clients in transactions involving unionized facilities and with respect to the labor aspects of bankruptcy proceedings.

In addition to his labor relations practice, John assists clients in all aspects of employment law, including defending employers against claims under various federal and state anti-discrimination and retaliation laws and advising employers regarding compliance with federal, state and local labor and employment laws. He also represents employers in cases involving unfair competition and denial of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) benefits. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Trustee

Houston Grand Opera

2007-present

Member, Board of Directors

The Printing Museum

2005-present

Chairman

The Printing Museum

2011-2012

Secretary

The Printing Museum

2009-2011 and 2013-present

Member, Board of Directors

Tanglewood Homes Association

2011-2014

Member, Board of Directors

Texas Woman’s University Foundation

2009-present

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2018-2019

Named, Rising Star

Texas

Super Lawyers

2007-2014

Named, Recommended Lawyer

Labor Management Relations

Legal 500 United States

2016

News, Analysis & Press

EEOC Looks To Limit Severance Agreements With Litigation

Law360.com

March 18, 2014

NLRB Roundup

Employee Relations Law Journal

Vol. 39, No. 1

Summer 2013

Employment Law

Texas Tech Law Review

Vol. 45:727

2013

NLRB Developments: New Election Rules, Class Action Waivers and (Maybe?) Recess Appointments

Employee Relations Law Journal

Vol. 38, No. 1

Summer 2012

Carrots, Not Sticks, to Fend off Unions

Executive Counsel Magazine

Vol. 9, No. 2

April/May 2012

Speaking Engagements

2016 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2016
NLRB Enforcement Initiative 2016: The Impact on Non-Union Workplaces

Houston, TX

April 20, 2016
2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015
New Year, New Regulations: An Update of the New Regulations Enacted by the NLRB

Houston, TX

February 10, 2015
The 2014 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 14, 2014

Protected, Concerted Activity in the Age of Social Media

The Center for American and International Law

May 2014

Why not Take All of Me, The National Labor Relations Board’s Specialty Healthcare Decision

Developing Labor Law Committee Mid-Winter Meeting - American Bar Association (ABA)

February 2014

Protected, Concerted Activity in the Age of Social Media

The Center for American and International Law

May 2013

Protected, Concerted Activity in the Age of Social Media

The Center for American and International Law

May 2012

Employees vs. Independent Contractors, Contingent Workers and Leased Employees

The Center for American and International Law

May 2011

Social Media: Managing and Harnessing an Unstoppable Trend

TexasBarCLE - State Bar of Texas

November 2010

Blogs, Social Networking Sites and the Impact on Employment

The College of the State Bar of Texas

July 2009

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, 2001cum laude
  • B.A., Washington and Lee University, 1998cum laude

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas