Kelli Fuqua is an active litigator in federal and state court, where she defends a wide array of clients – including clients in the technology, medical, higher education, and hospitality industries – in a variety of employment law matters. Kelli specifically focuses on whistleblowing, retaliation, wage and hour, unfair competition, and discrimination matters, including pre-litigation resolution.
In addition to practicing in Texas federal and state courts, Kelli is admitted to practice in the District of New Mexico, which proves particularly helpful to Texas clients facing related wage and hour (or other types of) litigation across the western border. She also consistently handles matters in front of the various arbitration bodies.
Outside of her litigation practice, Kelli routinely advises clients regarding these issues in order to avoid the time and costs associated with litigation, and has experience reviewing policies, handbooks, and noncompetition agreements, providing managerial training, and conducting internal investigations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kelli actively navigated the intersection of the Americans with Disabilities Act and COVID-19 for clients. Kelli also frequently presents and writes on a variety of employment law issues.
In addition to the above, Kelli actively contributes her time pro bono to a community volunteer legal service clinic, and she recently assisted in drafting an amicus brief for a case remanded to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Littler, Kelli served as an assistant attorney general in the General Litigation Division of the Office of Attorney General, where she defended the state of Texas, its officials, and employees in constitutional and employment litigation matters in state and federal court. Thus, she has proficiency in matters involving government-specific issues, such as immunity.