Overview

Virginia Milton represents and advises businesses on employment and labor law issues, including employee leave and disability, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, workplace safety and health (OSHA), overtime wages, and job classifications. Virginia handles claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and state and local laws applicable to employers.

Virginia guides clients on day-to-day employment practices such as hiring, employee requests and complaints, and terminations. She helps clients mitigate risk and handle employee issues pre-litigation. When matters cannot be resolved without a lawsuit, she represents clients through the litigation process. Virginia believes that listening and understanding her clients’ business and people are the keys to identifying solutions that not only solve short-term problems, but are consistent with long-term successful operations. 

Virginia has represented employers in industries including transportation, manufacturing, hospitality and food service, retail, oil and gas, healthcare, and technology. Some of Virginia’s successes and notable experiences include:

  • Summary judgment in favor of employer in Title VII sex discrimination lawsuit (Western District of Texas)
  • Summary judgment in favor of employer in Title VII and Texas Labor Code race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation lawsuit (obtained in Northern District of Texas, affirmed by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit)
  • Successful appeal of wage claim determination before the Texas Workforce Commission on behalf of national transportation company
  • Successful defense against application for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed by employee bringing claim of assault in the workplace
  • Represented companies responding to workplace health and safety citations, with and without injuries
  • Investigated and responded to numerous Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) charges of discrimination
  • Drafted and revised handbook policies, employment-related contracts, and settlement agreements
  • Advised employers on day-to-day employment practices, such as job postings, interviewing, employee discipline, requests for leave and accommodation, and terminations
  • Led training sessions on employment policies, procedures, and the law for clients’ HR professionals, managers, and employees

Before entering law, Virginia worked in news media. Hailing from the D.C. area, Virginia interned for The White House and Congress, and was a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. While in law school, Virginia was editor-in-chief of The International Lawyer, the award-winning quarterly legal journal of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section, and competed in National Moot Court.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Junior League of Dallas

President Emeritus and Board Member

University of Virginia Club of Dallas/Fort Worth

Member

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Member

Dallas Bar Association

Member

American Bar Association

Past Docent

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Texas

Super Lawyers

2018-2019

Life Fellow

DAYL Foundation

Recipient, Dean's Scholarship

Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law

Dean's List

University of Virginia

News, Analysis & Press

WPI Labor Day Report 2019

WPI Report

September 3, 2019

Protected Whistleblower or Ungrateful Whiner: What’s the Law, How to Manage?

Corporate Counsel Review

November 2013

Making the Rain: Cloud Seeding, the Imminent Freshwater Crisis, and International Law

The International Lawyer, 44 Int’l Law. 915

August 2010

Speaking Engagements

2018 Dallas Employer Conference

Dallas, TX

July 19, 2018

Pay Equity Compliance: How to Advise Your C-Suite and Safeguard Your Company

Dallas Employer Conference

July 19, 2018

Labor and Employment Panel

SMU Dedman School of Law

February 2018

Supervisor’s Guide to Understanding, Preventing, and Correcting Harassment and Discrimination

Association of Legal Administrators – Dallas Chapter

January 2018

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 2006

Bar Admission

Texas
District of Columbia
Virginia

Courts

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