Paul M. Knettel

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Paul Knettel focuses his practice on employment litigation matters, providing strategic counsel through every step of the legal process. He has represented clients before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, serving as a strong advocate for his clients' objectives. Paul also draws on his strong legal writing and written and oral advocacy skills to support his clients' position in a given matter.

In addition to representing clients in employment-related disputes, Paul advises clients on various aspects of employee relations, including issues of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. He also has experience advising on occupational safety and health (including OSHA investigations), wage and hour laws, leave laws, employee privacy, labor relations, restrictive covenants and trade secrets misappropriation.

Select Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment for an oil and gas services company on claims for breach of contract and indemnification based on alleged violations of the overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • On behalf of an automotive company, obtained summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas on employee’s overtime claim alleging improper job classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Obtained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal for senior executive of North American energy infrastructure company on former employee’s claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment for an oil and gas services company on claims for breach of contract and indemnification based on alleged violations of the overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • On behalf of an automotive company, obtained summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas on employee’s overtime claim alleging improper job classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Obtained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal for senior executive of North American energy infrastructure company on former employee’s claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Obtained early voluntary dismissal with prejudice in the Southern District of Texas on behalf of an international food products distribution company in a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by former employee alleging he was terminated due to a purported disability.
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Western District of Washington on behalf of an international analytical testing company in a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by former employee alleging he was terminated due to a purported disability.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Washington University School of Law: Mary Collier Hitchcock Prize for Outstanding Writing (2016)

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas

Community

  • K-9 Angels Rescue: Volunteer

Pro Bono

  • Assisted Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Houston in protecting children's rights and well-being in immigration matters.

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable David R. Herndon, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois: Judicial Clerk
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division: Law Clerk

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2016, magna cum laude; Washington University Law Review, Executive Editor
  • B.B.A., Abilene Christian University, 2010, summa cum laude