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2018 HR Legal Roundtable

  • July 11, 2018
  • 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Texas Star, 1400 Texas Star Parkway, Euless, TX
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2018 HR Legal Roundtable

John Hagan with Hagan Law Group, LLC is bringing back our popular HR Legal Roundtable.  Seven employment attorneys at different tables will talk about employment-related issues and answer questions. Attendees will choose 5 topics and progress from table to table hearing about the latest legal issues and asking questions.  2.5 recertification hours through SHRM and HRCI are pending.


Registration at 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast Served from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Program Begins Promptly at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.


Claudine Jackson - The Top Five Most Important HR Laws that All of Your Management Should Know and/or That You Should Train Them On
Phelps Dunbar LLP

A board-certified labor and employment lawyer, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Claudine Jackson practices in the areas of labor and employment, workplace injuries, medical and professional liability, as well as commercial litigation. Claudine has over 20 years of litigation and trial experience and has tried employment, personal injury, and commercial cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. She has represented parties in arbitration and in claims with the EEOC, Department of Labor, Texas Workforce Commission, and Texas Education Agency.

In addition to litigation, Claudine focuses her practice on counseling management and human resources representatives on a range of workplace and employment law matters. She advises employers on developing and applying personnel policies, document retention policies, compensation/bonus plans and protecting their business interests through implementation and enforcement of non-competition and non-disclosure agreements. Claudine assists and serves as personal counsel for employees in negotiating employment and executive agreements, separation packages, and non-compete provisions.

Claudine’s previous experience as in-house employment counsel for an international aviation corporation enables her to understand and translate complex labor issues to her clients. Her clients have included companies and organizations in professional services, life sciences, healthcare, manufacturing, video gaming, retail, transportation, and aviation industries, as well as public and private schools.

In her community, Claudine currently serves on the board of directors for The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, including its Business Operations Committee. She has also served as a Director of the Tarrant County Bar Association, Director of the Texas Legal Services Center and, for over 10 years, as a Director of the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Private Attorney Involvement Board (formerly West Texas Legal Services). Claudine graduated from the Leadership Fort Worth Program, one of the oldest community leadership-development organizations in the nation.




Shannon Norris – “Five Laws That Have Changed in 2018 That Will Make Your Life Better!”

Norris Law Firm


Shannon Norris has spent over two decades navigating the intricacies of employment law, business litigation, employee benefits, and corporate law. Business owners, executives, Human Resource professionals, and other attorneys consistently look to Shannon to resolve their complex business and employment disputes. His clientele covers a broad spectrum of employers, employees, and other professionals – from small businesses and individuals to Fortune 100 companies.

Mr. Norris began his career in 1993 at one of the world’s largest and most distinguished law firms, where he was a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section. In 2000, Shannon started his own practice; giving him the freedom and flexibility to provide highly experienced representation at rates that are competitive with large firms. It also ensures that Shannon is available at his clients’ convenience, and that each issue receives his individual attention.




Russ Cawyer – “The Top Five Ways to Recognize and Address Employees Who Are Fraudulently Taking Advantage of Their Psychiatric Disorders at Work”

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP


Russell D. Cawyer is a partner at Kelly Hart in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. He received his juris doctor, cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law, where he also served as a Note Editor on its law review. Mr. Cawyer received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from the University of North Texas.  Mr. Cawyer’s practice focuses exclusively on labor and employment-related legal matters, including litigation in federal and state courts; administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor, the Texas Workforce Commission - Civil Rights Division, the National Labor Relations Board (including defending both charges of unfair labor practices and representation election proceedings); and proceedings before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other state fair employment practices agencies.  Mr. Cawyer is a frequent author and speaker on human resource, employee relations and labor and employment law developments. He has been board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2000.”





Vianei Braun – “The Top Five Things to Look For When Hiring an HR Lawyer or When Considering Changing HR Lawyers”

Decker Jones, P.C.


Vianei Braun has been representing employers for more than 25 years, providing practical advice on employment law compliance and avoiding litigation.  Vianei’s diverse experience includes representing large publicly traded companies, governmental entities, small to mid-sized businesses as well as individual professionals and executives. In addition to defending employers in litigation and arbitration matters, Vianei handles administrative matters involving the EEOC, TWC, DOL, OFCCP, NLRB and other federal and state agencies. She also reviews and updates employer policies and procedures, provides customized management and employee training programs, and provides advice and counsel on personnel matters and litigation avoidance.

Vianei is licensed in Texas, having graduated from University of Texas School of Law.  At age 19, she was the youngest female ever to graduate Princeton University.

Vianei is an author and frequent speaker on employment law issues, and was a contributing author to the treatise Texas Employment Law (James Publishing) and the book Texas School Law: A Practical Guide (Education Law Association).

Vianei previously practiced law in Houston and in Abilene, and moved to Fort Worth in 2015 when her husband Jason joined the SEC as an Enforcement Attorney.





Rory Divin - "Top 5 HR Legal Mistakes in 2018"

McDonald Sanders

Rory Divin is board certified in Labor and Employment Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. A shareholder and director with McDonald Sanders, he has more than 32 years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Rory has worked with numerous clients, including large and small companies, public organizations and individuals. He has developed considerable expertise in the field of employment and labor law and has extensive counseling and trial experience representing employers in Title VII, sexual harassment, age discrimination, ADA, wrongful termination, wage and hour, trade secret, unfair competition and non-competition matters.

During his tenure at McDonald Sanders, Rory has helped public and private employers develop effective employment policies and comply with labor and employment laws. He has also assisted employers in defending again against claims filed in state and all federal courts and before governmental agencies.



Rachel Hale - “The Five Most Important Things I Have Learned by Jumping from Being an HR Professional to Becoming an HR Lawyer That Will Help HR Professionals in 2018”

Hagan Law Group, LLC


Rachel Hale focuses on labor and employment law.  For more than fifteen years she has worked as a Human Resources Professional with Texas Health Resources and American Airlines.  She is currently Of Counsel with Hagan Law Group LLC.

She is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan School of Law where she was a member of the school's Arbitration Team and a Graduate Research Assistant, performing research in all areas of labor and employment law.

Rachel is a certified mediator and received a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University.  This experience gives Rachel a practical perspective in the application of laws in the workplace -  from hiring to firing and the relationship management that takes place in between. 




John Hagan – “The Top Five Ways to Avoid Litigation from Former Employees”

Hagan Law Group, LLC


John Hagan is a trial lawyer Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and focuses primarily on employment law in the Firm's Allen office. He advises and defends corporate employers, both large and small, on employment disputes, including clients who have nonsubscribed to the Texas Workers' Compensation Act and those with unionized employees. He advises and defends corporate clients on commercial and insurance litigation issues.

Mr. Hagan also helps employers avoid and, if possible, resolve employment disputes before they ever reach litigation. He advises clients on a wide variety of employment issues arising under both state and federal law, including issues arising under applicable collective bargaining agreements. He will review company policies, procedures and handbooks for compliance with the law, and will suggest and implement appropriate revisions. Having enforced numerous arbitration agreements, he can also advise clients whether an arbitration policy would be appropriate for their business.

In the event litigation does arise, however, Mr. Hagan has considerable experience in both court and arbitration successfully defending employment claims. He has handled claims for discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge and sexual harassment under a variety of state and federal employment laws.

Mr. Hagan was named as a Texas SuperLawyer (Thomson Reuters) for six years in a row, 2011 - 2017.



This program is pending 2.50 recertification credit towards PHR, SPHR, and GPHR through HRCI and 2.50 Professional Development Credit towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification through SHRM.


Mid-Cities HR Association is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.


The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HR Certification Institute of the quality or the program.  It means that this program has met HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

All online reservations are due by NOON on the Monday before the meeting.  Online registration will be closed at that time. 

Attendees not registered online will be considered Walk-In registrations and will be charged the guest rate of $50.

We regret that we must charge members and guests the cost of the event when cancellations are not received at least 48 hours prior to the event day. By submitting your registration, you agree to these conditions. We appreciate your understanding and support.


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