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Firm Overview

Williams Law Firm, P.C. is a boutique law firm founded in 2003 and dedicated to representing companies and individuals in the Permian Basin who want to prevent and resolve workplace legal issues.

The mission of Williams Law Firm, P.C. is to provide legal solutions for the workplace using common sense, good judgment, specialized knowledge, and superior performance.

The Firm represents clients, whether employers or employees, with respect to virtually every aspect of the employment relationship from hiring to termination.

Williams Law Firm, P.C. remains steadfast and committed to its goal of providing Legal Solutions at Work.


Areas of Practice





Compliance

Holly B. Williams counsels and advises employers on compliance with federal and state laws with the goal of increasing workplace efficiency and preventing potentially disruptive litigation. Ms. Williams has represented clients before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the Texas Workforce Commission, including the Civil Rights Division (formerly the Texas Commission on Human Rights), and various state licensing agencies.

Counseling

Williams Law Firm, P.C. is committed to preventing and resolving conflicts within the workplace. Knowledge is a key part of the prevention effort. Holly B. Williams advises clients – whether employers or employees – of their legal rights in the workplace.

Handbook / Policy Drafting / Review

Holly B. Williams reviews and drafts employee handbooks, policy manuals, and other documents such as employment applications.

Litigation

When disputes cannot be avoided, Holly B. Williams represents clients at trial in state and federal courts, both trial and appellate. Ms. Williams has obtained summary judgment in favor of employers in numerous cases. She has also successfully resisted summary judgment in other cases.

Harassment Discrimination & Retaliation

A number of state and federal laws prohibit employment discrimination such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Law (ADEA); the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code . Holly B. Williams represents clients through the administrative process with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and subsequently in court in cases alleging employment discrimination and/or harassment. Ms. Williams also conducts confidential investigations of sexual harassment complaints and provides training on compliance with these laws.

Whistleblower Claims

Holly B. Williams represents parties in whistleblower claims where the employee alleges that he or she has suffered retaliation due to reporting a violation of the law.

Civil Rights

Holly B. Williams represents clients relating to alleged violation of civil rights including the right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. These cases are made actionable by Section 1983.

Employment Agreements, including Non-competes

Holly B. Williams reviews, negotiates, and drafts employment agreements. In a competitive economy, employment agreements are more common. Often these agreements contain non-compete and/or non-disclosure provisions, which purport to limit an individual’s ability to work for a competitor after the termination of employment. Although Texas courts have traditionally been hostile to these types of agreements, more recent cases make them more enforceable. This is an area in which legal expertise is critical.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty / Theft

In the absence of an enforceable non-compete agreement, employers may have other causes of action to limit or restrict an employee’s ability to use information acquired on the job in subsequent employment. An employee is an agent of the employer and owes a common law duty of loyalty to the employer. Further, an employee has a common law duty not to use confidential or proprietary information acquired during the employment relationship in a manner adverse to the employer. Possible causes of action include theft of trade secrets or proprietary information, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the duty of loyalty, tortious interference with contract, and tortious interference with prospective business relations.

Overtime / Minimum Wage

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the primary law that determines whether individuals are entitled to overtime. Ms. Williams represents employers in investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division and has represented parties asserting private rights under the law in court.

Immigration

Holly B. Williams assists employers with I-9 and other obligations. She prepares petitions and applications for immigrant and non-immigrant visas, with an emphasis on employment-based visas such as H1-Bs, EB-3s, and TNs. Ms. Williams does a limited number of family-based applications, and is available to travel to El Paso or Dallas to accompany clients to interviews with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.

Mediation / Arbitration

Holly B. Williams has completed mediation training and is available to serve as mediator in employment cases as well as her former practice areas of oil and gas, commercial, and personal injury litigation. She is also available to serve as an arbitrator.

Other Areas

Unemployment, Employee Benefits, Privacy, Independent Contractor Status, TWC Tax






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Odessa Woman Wins $600,000 Verdict in Sex Discrimination Case Against UPS

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/odessa-woman-wins-600-000-210200734.html 

Professor Sues Tech Over Free Speech Rights

http://lubbockonline.com/crime-and-courts/courts/2012-12-04/prof-sues-tech-over-free-speech-rights