Justin B. Caresia

Associate

Houston
T +1.713.646.1358
F +1.713.751.1717

Overview

Justin Caresia's employment litigation practice encompasses a wide range of matters, with a particular focus on representing employers in federal and state court and before federal and state regulatory agencies. He regularly defends clients against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. He also has experience litigating restrictive covenant, trade secret, and wage and hour matters. Justin also has experience representing employers in all aspects of traditional labor relations, including union avoidance and defending against unfair labor practice charges.

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  • Defended client against retaliation claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Arizona Employment Protection Act before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained complete summary judgment and substantial attorneys’ fees award for start-up company and two individual defendants in restrictive covenant case involving breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, and tortious interference claims.
  • Obtained complete summary judgment for international chain of convenience stores on Title VII, ADA and ADEA claims.
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Experience

  • Defended client against retaliation claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Arizona Employment Protection Act before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defended client against the first administrative complaint filed with the Industrial Commission of Arizona under Arizona’s paid sick time law at both the administrative and trial court levels.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on claims for breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Obtained complete summary judgment and substantial attorneys’ fees award for start-up company and two individual defendants in restrictive covenant case involving breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, and tortious interference claims.
  • Obtained complete summary judgment for international chain of convenience stores on Title VII, ADA and ADEA claims.
  • Provides clients with day-to-day employment counseling related to workplace issues including hiring, discipline, harassment and discrimination, medical leaves, and disability accommodations.
  • Represents employers before various government agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, DOL, ACRD and ICA.

Recognitions and Memberships

Prior Positions

  • The Hon. Douglas L. Rayes and Hon. Diane J. Humetewa, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona: Judicial Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Arizona
  • [Not admitted in Texas]

Education

  • J.D., Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 2017, cum laude; Arizona State Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 2014

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
Texas Passes Bill Prohibiting Businesses From Requiring Vaccine Passports for Customers, But Not Employees
By Justin B. Caresia, Ashlee C. Grant , Peter J. Stuhldreher
June 10, 2021
On June 7, 2021, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continued to emphasize that Texas is open for business by signing into law S.B. 968, which prohibits Texas businesses from requiring customers to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination —...
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