Peter J. Stuhldreher

Partner

Houston
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Overview

Peter Stuhldreher has a complex employment litigation practice in which he represents employers in state and federal courts, and before government agencies, across the country in employment law matters. Peter is focused on providing excellent client service, while developing creative and effective solutions to accomplish his clients' business objectives. A BTI Client Service All-Star, he represents companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses in a variety of industries. He regularly defends employers across the United States in wage and hour cases, including putative class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws. He also has extensive experience litigating cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets and restrictive covenants, including representing clients in matters involving requests for temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions. Peter also has significant experience representing employers in lawsuits in state and federal court involving claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, often involving allegations by and against executives and other high-level employees.

In addition to handling complex employment litigation matters, Peter provides strategic counsel on employment law issues, including drafting confidentiality and restrictive covenant agreements, employment policies and employment agreements, as well as advising on employment law aspects of corporate transactions. A diligent and aggressive litigator and a practical, business-focused counselor, Peter has established himself as a trusted advocate and advisor for his clients.

Select Experience

  • Defended demolition company in connection with company-wide FLSA putative collective action alleging failure to properly pay overtime to drivers.
  • Defended national restaurant chain in connection with nationwide FLSA putative collective action alleging tip credit violations.
  • Secured summary judgment, awarding damages and attorneys' fees, for insurance company in connection with claims to recover stock option gains from former executive as required under his stock option agreement based on his post-employment competition.
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Experience

  • Defended demolition company in connection with company-wide FLSA putative collective action alleging failure to properly pay overtime to drivers.
  • Defended national restaurant chain in connection with nationwide FLSA putative collective action alleging tip credit violations.
  • Secured summary judgment, awarding damages and attorneys' fees, for insurance company in connection with claims to recover stock option gains from former executive as required under his stock option agreement based on his post-employment competition.
  • Defended staffing company in energy industry in connection with company-wide FLSA putative collective action alleging that it misclassified workers as independent contractors.
  • Defended energy commodity brokerage in connection with lawsuit alleging that it tortiously interfered with restrictive covenants of two brokers hired from a competitor.
  • Secured complete defense verdict for financial services company after four-day arbitration in case in which a former vice president asserted claims of gender and age discrimination.
  • Obtained summary judgment for technology company in an age discrimination case filed by an attorney attacking the hiring practices of the General Counsel's office. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the summary judgment in a precedent-setting opinion.
  • Obtained temporary restraining order and permanent injunction for technology company against former employee who misappropriated trade secret and confidential information and went to work for a competitor.
  • Secured permanent injunction following first day of trial on behalf of oil field technology company based on claims that its former employee had misappropriated trade secrets.
  • Defended former employees of oil field services company in connection with claims of misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Defended satellite television company in connection with putative FLSA collective action alleging that it misclassified satellite dish installers as independent contractors.
  • Defended homebuilding company in connection with national putative FLSA collective action challenging classification of certain employees as exempt.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • BTI Client Service All-Star (2019)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2017 to 2018, 2021)
    • Recommended in Labor and Employment Disputes (including collective actions) (2021)
    • Recommended in Workplace and Employment Counseling (2017 to 2018)
  • Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2010 to 2011, 2013 to 2020)
  • Lawdragon, 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers (2020)

Memberships

  • Texas Bar Foundation: Fellow

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth 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, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2006
  • B.B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2003

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
Texas Court Affirms Employers' Freedom to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for Employees
By Paul M. Knettel, Peter J. Stuhldreher
June 14, 2021
COVID-19 has presented no shortage of legal questions for employers, from shutdowns and layoffs to when and how to reopen. And with COVID-19 vaccines now broadly available in the United States, some companies (especially those in high-risk...
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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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