Overview

Board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Vicki is an experienced trial lawyer with defense jury verdicts in claims involving sexual harassment, breach of contract, first amendment issues, retaliation and age discrimination cases, in state and federal court. In her counseling practice, she advises employers on conducting lawful background checks and leaves of absence matters arising from the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

As a frequent advisor to public and private educational institutions, Vicki conducts workplace investigations and wage and hour audits. She advises K-12 schools and higher educational institutions on claims involving harassment and Title IX discrimination, specifically developing appropriate campus responses to student complaints and training and educating faculty and staff regarding Title IX regulations and requirements. She is knowledgeable with regard to handling Clery Act claims, including the Violence Against Women Act regulations and has defended private and public educational institutions with regard to:

  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigations involving Title VI and Title IX discrimination claims
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and various other state and federal employment statutes
  • Public Information Act and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for information
  • Free speech issues on campus and in social media
  • Accommodating student disability claims

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2012-2016

Named, Super Lawyer

Texas

Super Lawyers

2012-2015

News, Analysis & Press

Workplace Retaliation - Don't Win the Battle, but Lose the War

Houston Business Journal

November 2005

Workplace Violence: Victim Gets Her Day in Court

Law.com, Employment Law Practice Center

November 2004

Religious Freedom and Free Speech in the Workplace

Texas Bar Journal

September 2004

Will Same Sex Marriages Impact the Workplace?

Houston Business Journal

June 2004

Books & Book Chapters

  • Labor and Employment Law Section, Fair Labor And Standards Act Treatise, American Bar Association, editor, 2010
  • Labor and Employment Law Section, Employment Discrimination Treatise, American Bar Association, editor, 2014

Speaking Engagements

Digging into Background Checks: Advanced Issues and Complex Relationships

2017 Littler Houston Employer Conference

August 10, 2017
Dealing with Workplace Threats and Workplace Violence

Houston, TX

February 16, 2016
Newly Effective Texas Handguns Laws: What Does This Mean For Employers?

February 10, 2016
2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015

The Do’s and Don’t’ s of Background Checks

Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference - University of Texas, School of Law

May 2015

How to Overcome The Barriers Challenging the Advancement of Minority In –House and Outside Counsel

Annual Conference - National Employment Law Council, Chicago, IL

April 2015
New Year, New Hires: Tips and Strategies for Avoiding Litigation Arising from the Hiring Process

Houston, TX

January 29, 2015
The 2014 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 14, 2014

An Employer’s Guidebook From Hiring to Firing

Employment Law Briefing - The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

May 15, 2014

Disability and the FMLA

National Employment Law Council, San Francisco, CA

April 23, 2014
The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TXDallas, TX

August 2, 2012

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—What It Means After the Supreme Court’s Decision and What Employers Should Do About It

The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 2, 2012
2012 Littler Healthcare Summit: Critical Employment Law Issues Facing Healthcare Employers Today

Houston, TX

June 14, 2012
The 2011 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2011

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law
  • B.S., Cornell College

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas