Litigation. Hiring lawyers to defend your company in court or in front of an agency like the EEOC or DOL involves tremendous trust. You should hire lawyers who have a proven track record of success, like Oberti Sullivan LLP. We have consistently won cases for our clients on summary judgment, at trial, and on appeal.
But, in litigation, more than just winning is at stake: The lawyers you hire will be the face of your company to judges, juries, and other legal professionals. You can trust Oberti Sullivan LLP to go beyond mere substantive excellence and to consistently conduct ourselves in a way that positively reflects your company and its core values. For example, we recently obtained a summary dismissal and a final judgment on behalf of our client against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston. The case garnered national attention. We also recently obtained a reversal of a $445,000 race discrimination verdict in the Texas 1st Court of Appeals. Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, Inc. v. Williams, 360 S.W.3d 15 (Tex. App.--Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, pet. denied).
Counseling. Employers need seasoned employment law specialists to help them through complicated and important employment law issues. The decisions you make today can have serious consequences tomorrow. Mark Oberti and Ed Sullivan have been successfully counseling employers through complicated employment law issues for many years. Oberti Sullivan LLP can bring that experience to work for you.
Value. Finally, there is the issue of value. Not only will Oberti Sullivan LLP provide your company the highest quality legal representation in litigation and counseling, but it will also do so at a reasonable cost. And, we can provide cost predictability either with competitive hourly rates or a flat fee arrangement. Given our experience working for Fortune 500 companies, we have successfully tackled a wide-range of employment law cases and counseling situations. We know what it should cost to efficiently provide litigation defense and counseling, and we are committed to providing them both at very competitive rates.
Specifically, at Oberti Sullivan LLP, our experience and specialized knowledge allows us to offer the following products and services to Texas employers in most cases:
Oberti Sullivan LLP has a “flat fee counseling” agreement. Most employment lawyers will tell you that the biggest mistake employers make is to terminate an employee, or make some other significant employment decision, without first consulting an expert. Through this service, Oberti Sullivan LLP makes it possible for your company to avoid this potentially costly mistake, and obtain its expert legal advice, all for a reasonable flat fee.
If you have ever received Notice of a Charge of Discrimination from the EEOC, it will look deceptively simple. Typically, a former employee has written a few sentences explaining that he or she believes that he or she is the victim of unlawful discrimination. The EEOC provides information about its mediation program and asks for a “position statement.” Responding to these charges, however, is anything but simple. The process is fraught with peril. And, one wrong move can have very bad consequences. For example, in McInnis v. Alamo Comm. College Dist., 207 F.3d 276, 283 (5th Cir. 2000), the court ruled for the employee partly because the employer’s letter to the EEOC explaining the facts “contained false statements …” We have prepared numerous accurate and persuasive position statements to the EEOC. We have also dealt with the EEOC and its investigators on a frequent basis; we understand the law and the process, and we can zealously represent your interests. You also need cost predictability. Once you call Oberti Sullivan LLP and allow us to look at the allegations, we can offer “flat fee EEOC position statements” in single plaintiff cases. As you may know, even when the EEOC dismisses the employee’s Charge of Discrimination, the employee may still file a lawsuit. If that occurs in a case where Oberti Sullivan LLP handled the response to the employee’s Charge of Discrimination at the EEOC level, and you hire our Firm to defend the lawsuit, we will credit the fee charged to prepare the position statement back to your company.
We also defend cases against the EEOC. We recently obtained summary dismissal and a final judgment on behalf of its client against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston. The EEOC's lawsuit alleged that the employer fired the employee because she wanted to pump breast milk at work." The judge agreed with Oberti Sullivan LLP and dismissed the case. Oberti Sullivan LLP's successful defense garnered national attention from many news outlets, including Reuters, USA Today, BusinessWeek, and the ABA Journal.
Not only will Oberti Sullivan LLP provide your company an outstanding defense, but it will also do so at a reasonable cost. Many large law firms have set their rates so high that their clients are forced to settle early or pay exorbitant legal fees. Because of our efficiency, expertise, and competitive rate structure, that sort of frustrating dilemma won’t happen when you hire Oberti Sullivan LLP. We understand that litigation is a cost and that employers have reasonable financial limitations and budgets. We can provide cost predictability either with competitive hourly rates or a flat fee arrangement. Given our years of experience defending Fortune 500 companies in hundreds of lawsuits, we know what it should cost to efficiently defend different types of employment cases in Texas, and we are committed to providing our services at very competitive rates.
As demonstrated in his biography, Ed Sullivan is a noted Houston overtime attorney and one of Texas’ most frequent speakers on the FLSA and unpaid overtime defense. Both he and Mark Oberti practice frequently in this area and can help advocate for your company in these popular and dangerous lawsuits.
Ed Sullivan has released a Keynote presentation on the FLSA and Collective Action Litigation.
The lawyers at Oberti Sullivan LLP can help you analyze your non-compete and non-solicit agreements to help you maximize their enforceability. We can help you draft new non-compete and non-solicit agreements and assist you in rolling them out to the workforce. We can also help you sue former employees who violate their non-competition agreements or who misappropriate your trade secrets. Finally, former employers sometimes sue their former employee and their new employer. We have defended such cases, and can do so for you.
The lawyers at Oberti Sullivan LLP have counseled and advised many large, medium, and small companies through these situations on multiple occasions. We can help you maximize your legal position and reduce your risks as you conduct lay-offs.