Overview

Linda O. Headley focuses her practice on employment litigation, client counseling and unfair competition issues. She represents employers in all labor and employment-related matters, including litigation in federal and state courts and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and related Texas state agencies.

Linda also regularly counsels employers on issues involving federal and state employment and labor laws. She has represented employers in numerous types of disputes, including cases involving:

  • Discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, national origin, religion, and disability
  • Sexual harassment
  • Workers' compensation discrimination
  • Breach of employment contracts
  • Unfair competition issues

Linda has extensive experience in representing clients in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Additionally, Linda has represented employers in collective bargaining and before the National Labor Relations Board in cases involving salting, alleged discrimination because of union activity and refusal to bargain.

She is board certified in labor and employment law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Linda frequently speaks on numerous labor and employment law topics to various legal, human resource and business groups and has given hundreds of presentations on such topics.

Linda presently serves as co-chair to the firm’s Women Leadership Initiative and is on the firm’s Nominating Committee. She formerly served as the Office Managing Shareholder in the Houston office and on Littler’s Board of Directors. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of Texas

Former Chair

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of Texas

Former Council Member

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of Texas

Member

Committee for Employment Law

Fifth Circuit Pattern Jury Charge

Member

Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Section

Houston Bar Association

Recognition

Named, Lawyer of the Year

Labor Law - Management, Houston

The Best Lawyers in America©

2017

Named, Lawyer of the Year

Employment Law - Management, Houston

The Best Lawyers in America©

2016

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2001-2017

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2003-2016

Named, Top 100 Super Lawyers

Houston

Law & Politics and Texas Monthly Survey

2009-2011

Named, Top 50 Female Super Lawyers

Texas

Law & Politics and Texas Monthly Survey

2003-2005 and 2008-2011

Named, Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2003-2011

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

2009

Named, 16 "Go To" Labor and Employment Lawyers in Texas

Texas Lawyer

2001

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

News, Analysis & Press

Linda Headley Highlighted in Business Journal

Houston Business Journal

February 9, 2007

Speaking Engagements

2016 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2016

Workplace Equity: Creating a Gender-Neutral Workplace

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

How to Juggle While Balancing: What You Can Do to Create a More Lifestyle-Friendly Environment

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015

The 2014 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 14, 2014

The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TXDallas, TX

August 2, 2012

What’s Happening in Washington? An Update on Federal Regulatory Actions, Legislative Activity and Supreme Court Decisions

The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 2, 2012

The 2011 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2011

Strategies for Managing Intermittent Leave Abuse and Leave Overlap Issues

Houston, TX

June 14, 2011

Federal Law Update

Austin, TX

May 12-13, 2011

Federal Law Update

Advanced Employment Law Course - State Bar of Texas, Dallas, TX

January 14, 2011

Receiving a Discrimination Claim: Managing the Response to Avoid Retaliation Claims

Austin, TX

January 12, 2011

Employment Law in the Age of "O" Legislative, Executive and Regulatory Developments

23rd Annual Employment Law Conference - South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX

July 15-16, 2010

Federal Law Update

17th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference - University of Texas, Austin, TX

May 20-21, 2010

Federal Law Update

Employment Law Seminar, Employment Practice Committee - AGC Houston, Houston, TX

March 29, 2010

Employment Law: "The Age of 'O'"

22nd Annual Employment Law Conference - South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX

July 16-17, 2009

Federal Law Update

16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference - University of Texas, Austin, TX

May 28, 2009

The Obama Administration, A New Work Day, Review of Employment Law Changes Under the New Administration

Legal Conference - Food Marketing Institute, San Antonio, TX

April 19-21, 2009

Religious Discrimination

17th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course - State Bar of Texas, Houston, TX

March 12-13, 2009

Religious Discrimination

17th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course - State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, TX

January 22-23, 2009

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1982 cum laude
  • B.F.A., University of Houston

Bar Admission

Texas