Peter J. Stuhldreher

Partner

Houston
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Dallas
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Overview

A strategic, results-driven employment litigator with a national practice, Peter Stuhldreher represents companies of all sizes and across industries in complex and high-stakes employment matters. Peter focuses his practice on class and collective action wage and hour cases, as well as trade secret and restrictive covenant lawsuits, and also has significant experience representing companies in legal proceedings involving C-suite employees. Through his commitment to excellent client service, Peter has become the go-to lawyer his clients turn to for their most challenging employment law issues.

Peter represents employers across the country in state and federal courts, and before government agencies, in complex employment law matters. A BTI Client Service All-Star, Peter represents companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses in a variety of industries with a consistent dedication to client service. He regularly defends employers across the United States in wage and hour cases, including collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and class actions under 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 injunctive relief. Peter also represents employers in lawsuits in state and federal court involving claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, often involving allegations by and against C-suite 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, and employment policies and agreements, as well as advising on employment law aspects of corporate transactions. With a reputation as a skilled, aggressive and effective litigator in the courtroom and a practical, business-focused counselor, Peter has established himself as a trusted advocate and advisor for his clients.

Experience

  • Achieved favorable resolution for national call center employer in nationwide putative class and collective action involving alleged off-the-clock work.
  • Successfully defended putative company-wide FLSA collective action involving claims that pipeline company misclassified inspectors as independent contractors.
  • Secured favorable resolution for engineering firm in connection with two federal lawsuits involving employee raiding, trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
  • Secured favorable resolution for insurance company in lawsuit involving claims of employee solicitation and contractual stock repayment obligations against departed executive. Case involved third-party subpoenas and complex privilege issues litigated in several federal courts around the country.
  • Successfully defended against putative company-wide exemption misclassification claims asserted against engineering and completions company in the oil and gas industry.
  • Achieved favorable resolution of lawsuit involving claims of race discrimination asserted by former executive of national food service company.
  • Secured judgment of both monetary and injunctive relief in favor of national food service company as a result of violation of non-compete covenant by former executive.
  • Favorably resolved company-wide FLSA putative collective action for demolition company involving claims alleging failure to properly pay overtime to drivers.
  • Defended national restaurant chain in 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 exempt status classification of certain employees.

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 to 2021)

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
Sharply Divided En Banc 5th Circuit Opines on Salary Basis Requirement for Day Rate Employees Under the FLSA
By Paul M. Knettel, Peter J. Stuhldreher
September 13, 2021
In a 12-6 split decision, the en banc 5th Circuit Thursday evening released its ruling in Hewitt v. Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., Case No. 19-20023, addressing the issue of when an employee paid a daily rate can qualify for the...
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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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