Dennis P. Duffy

Partner

Houston
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Clients describe Dennis Duffy as "highly effective and experienced; a very skilled and experienced litigator with great instincts."

— Chambers USA 2018

Overview

Dennis Duffy concentrates exclusively on representation of management in all aspects of labor and employment law matters. Client responsiveness and thorough preparation are the hallmarks of his practice, as Dennis ensures that he is available to his clients, responding quickly with a thorough approach to addressing their workplace challenges.

Dennis is board-certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and ranked in Chambers USA as a “Leading Lawyer.”

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  • Obtained summary judgement in state court in a workers compensation retaliation case against a leading engineering and construction company.
  • Obtained summary judgement in federal court in disability, hostile work environment and retaliation case against a major multinational energy corporation.
  • Defeated conditional certification of a company-wide Fair Labor Standards Act putative collective action against an energy services company, and obtained summary judgment in favor of the company on plaintiff’s individual claims.
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Experience

  • Obtained summary judgement in state court in a workers compensation retaliation case against a leading engineering and construction company.
  • Obtained summary judgement in federal court in disability, hostile work environment and retaliation case against a major multinational energy corporation.
  • Defeated conditional certification of a company-wide Fair Labor Standards Act putative collective action against an energy services company, and obtained summary judgment in favor of the company on plaintiff’s individual claims.
  • Obtained defense award in AAA arbitration proceeding in a Fair Labor Standards Act retaliation case against a leading financial services company.
  • Obtained defense judgement in state court trial of breach of contract and fraud case by former executive against a leading power transmission, construction and services company.
  • Obtained summary judgement in state court in workers’ compensation retaliation claims against a leading engineering and construction services company.
  • Defeated conditional certification of a company-wide Fair Labor Standards Act putative collective action against a leading energy products and services company. 
  • Obtained summary judgment in state court in a race and gender discrimination claims against an energy and construction services staffing agency.
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court in sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims against a leading engineering services company.
  • Obtained summary judgment in AAA arbitration in a race and gender harassment, discrimination and retaliation case against a leading financial services company.
  • Obtained a unanimous jury verdict in state court for a major restaurant chain in an age discrimination hiring case.
  • Lead trial counsel in a retaliation, age discrimination and breach of contract case brought by the former outside counsel claiming status as an employee for a leading seismic services company. Obtained defense verdict on age discrimination claims following a two-week jury trial and pretrial dismissal of remaining claims against the company.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Labor & Employment in Texas (2011 to 2018)
    • Band 1 (2017, 2018)
  • Acritas Star (2016)
  • Who's Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits (2012 to 2018)
  • Human Resource Executive "Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys—Top 100" (2008 to 2018)
    • "Ten Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in America" (2008)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2009 to 2018)
    • Houston: Employment Law – Management
    • Houston: Labor Law – Management
    • Houston: Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Texas "Super Lawyer" (2008 to 2018)

Memberships

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: Fellow
  • National Employment Law Institute
    • Advisory Board
    • Board of Directors
  • Law360 Employment Editorial Advisory Board (2018)

News

News

Press Releases

Community

  • Children at Risk: Advisory Board

Prior Positions

  • Houston Firm:  Chair, Management Labor and Employment Practice Group
  • Time Warner Inc.: Vice President and Associate General Counsel and Chief Counsel, Labor and Employment 
  • University of Houston System/University of Houston: General Counsel
  • U.S. Office of Compliance: General Counsel
  • University of Houston Law Center: Professor of Law
  • University of Virginia: Visiting Professor of Law
  • San Antonio Firm: Management Labor and Employment Lawyer
  • San Francisco Firm: Management Labor and Employment Lawyer
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable George P. Kazen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 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, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Texas
  • California

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1982
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1979