Overview

Virginia E. Milton represents and advises employers on employment and labor law issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, overtime wages, job classifications, breach of contract, non-competition and non-solicitation violations, and breach of confidentiality/theft of trade secrets. 

Virginia guides clients on best employment practices, mitigating risk, and handling employee issues pre-litigation. When matters cannot be resolved without a lawsuit, Virginia represents clients through written discovery, depositions, motion practice, and jury trial. She believes that listening and getting to know her clients’ business and people are the keys to identifying solutions that don’t just remedy a short-term problem, but also are consistent with long-term operations.

Virginia has represented employers in industries including transportation, hospitality and food service, oil and gas, healthcare, and technology. She has litigated matters and advised clients regarding claims arising under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Texas Labor Code
  • Texas Worker’s Compensation Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act

Some of Virginia’s successes and notable experiences include:

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of employer in Title VII sex discrimination lawsuit (Western District of Texas)
  • Successfully appealed wage claim determination before the Texas Workforce Commission on behalf of national transportation company
  • Successfully defended against an application for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed by an employee bringing assault claim
  • Investigated and responded to numerous Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) charges of discrimination resulting in no-cause determinations
  • Drafted and revised handbook policies and employment contracts such as confidentiality, nondisclosure, and severance
  • Advised employers on day-to-day employment practices, such as interviewing, employee discipline, requests for leave and accommodation, and terminations
  • Led training sessions on employment policies, procedures, and the law for clients’ managers and employees.

Before entering law, Virginia worked in news media for NBC News and the Atlantic Media Company. Hailing from the Washington, D.C. area, Virginia has also interned for the White House and on Capitol Hill.

While in law school, Virginia was editor-in-chief of The International Lawyer, the award-winning quarterly legal journal of the ABA’s International Law Section. Virginia was also a member of SMU Law’s National Moot Court team and a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

* Not licensed to practice law in Virginia.
 

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

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