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2019 HR Legal Roundtable

  • July 10, 2019
  • 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Texas Star, 1400 Texas Star Parkway in Euless
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2019 HR Legal Roundtable

John Hagan with Hagan Law Group, LLC is bringing back our popular HR Legal Roundtable. Employment attorneys at different tables will talk about employment-related issues and answer questions. Attendees will choose from various 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 - “Medical Marijuana in the Workplace”

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 – “Navigating ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policies”

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.


Rory Divin – “The Legal Risks of Retaliation in the Workplace”

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 - “Proposed Regulations Affecting Wage and Hour Laws”

Hagan Law Group, LLC

Rachel Hale’s practice focuses on Human Resources best practices and compliance.  Rachel is a 20-year HR veteran and in addition to her practice of law, has worked as a Human Resources Professional with Texas Health Resources and American Airlines.  

Rachel is a graduate of Texas A&M University 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.  She also holds a M.S. in Business and Human Relations. Rachel regularly speaks and provides training to HR and business professionals.   

Rachel is a certified mediator and received a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University. She has served as a Board member in various organizations including the Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) Women’s Section, Fort Worth Friends Who Tri, and currently serves as a Trustee for Fort Worth Christian School.  


John Hagan – “Managing Employee Leaves of Absence”

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 general credit towards PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification 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.

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

Guests not registered online will be considered Guest Walk-In registrations and will be charged a rate of $55.  Member Walk-In registrations will be charged the regular guest rate of $45.

Cancellations & Payments:
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. Also, all payments must be made before or by the time of attendance.  By submitting your registration, you agree to these conditions. We appreciate your understanding and support.

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