Ashlee C. Grant

Associate

Houston
T +1 713.646.1316  |  F +1 713.751.1717

Ashlee Grant represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. She has experience representing employers as plaintiffs and defendants in litigation involving claims of breach of contract and tortious interference with contracts in connection with employee confidentiality, noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements. She has also represented employers in federal and state court litigation and arbitration proceedings involving allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as well as wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Ashlee also provides counseling to employers on labor and employment matters, including hiring and firing decisions, employee leave, and wage and hour matters. She also has a depth of experience drafting employer policies and agreements such as executive employment agreements; employee confidentiality, noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements; separation and severance agreements; and employer policy handbooks. She is a focused, enthusiastic and organized advocate for her clients, placing high value on her attention to detail.

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  • Obtained a dispositive motion in arbitration proceedings against a national banking institution dismissing claims of racial discrimination and retaliation with prejudice. 
  • Assisted a temporary staffing agency in a Department of Labor audit regarding alleged misclassification and overtime compensation owed to more than 800 temporary, skilled contract workers.  
  • Represented a company in injunction proceedings in three states against former employees and a competitor to enforce employees' noncompetition obligations, arguing preliminary and temporary injunction hearings and achieving restraining orders against the employees.
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Experience

  • Obtained a dispositive motion in arbitration proceedings against a national banking institution dismissing claims of racial discrimination and retaliation with prejudice. 
  • Assisted a temporary staffing agency in a Department of Labor audit regarding alleged misclassification and overtime compensation owed to more than 800 temporary, skilled contract workers.  
  • Represented a company in injunction proceedings in three states against former employees and a competitor to enforce employees' noncompetition obligations, arguing preliminary and temporary injunction hearings and achieving restraining orders against the employees.
  • Assisted in the defense against a race discrimination suit brought by a large group of former employees alleging systemic race discrimination in job assignments, promotions and work environment.
  • Drafted 24 conjunctively filed position statements to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a single client in response to allegations of race and gender discrimination and a hostile work environment at a single facility. 
  • Assisted in defending a pipeline services company in a breach of confidentiality and nonsolicitation agreement matter involving two former employees. 
  • Represented an offshore drilling service provider in an ADA failure to accommodate wrongful termination lawsuit.
  • Represented an amusement park after an employee fatality, including defending Occupational Safety and Health Administration citations and assisting with the civil litigation defense.
  • Participated in the defense of a natural gas midstream company in arbitration regarding compliance with safety regulations for gas-gathering pipelines and processing plants. 
  • Second-chaired a labor arbitration involving a union grievance of employee termination, resulting in an award in favor of the employer and a dismissal of the union grievance. 
  • Won summary judgment on an employee's claim of racial discrimination and retaliation under Title VII. 

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • Texas
  • Louisiana

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2010, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Moot Court Board, Sports Law Certificate, The Sports Lawyers Journal
  • B.A., Political Science and Sociology, Northwestern University, 2007