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Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan is a labor and employment trial lawyer based in Houston. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and represents companies, executives, and employees in all types of employment litigation.

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Ed is passionate about the jury system, loves taking his cases to trial, and has achieved numerous successful results in both state and federal courts for both employers and employees. He obtained one of the largest verdicts ever recorded in a retaliation trial in the Southern District of Texas -- over $3 million, more than 30 times the ex-employees annual pay. For an overview of Eds employment law experience, click here.

Ed was born in Alice, Texas. He attended high school in San Antonio, graduating second in his class from Antonian College Preparatory in 1989. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating early with a double major in Government and History and a minor in English. 

After college, he moved to Washington D.C. to work for U.S. Congressman Dick Armey as a Legislative Analyst. He toiled away reading legislation and then writing summaries of it for Members of Congress, most of whom neither read the actual legislation nor his summaries. He soon grew weary of our nations capital, particularly its high rent and lack of available parking.

With nothing more than a used Honda Accord, a liberal arts degree, and a quick wit, he drove back to Texas to attend law school at the University of Houston Law Center. During law school, he dedicated most of his time putting his verbal and social talents to use on the school’s mock trial team, which he later coached for ten years.

After law school, he joined the Texas Attorney Generals office in Austin and represented the state before every federal district court in Texas, and handled dozens of appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Marcia A. Crone hired him as her Law Clerk within the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, where he worked from 2000-2002. After assisting Judge Crone with hundreds of cases, he found himself enjoying labor and employment cases, primarily because of the passionate parties, intriguing facts, and challenging legal intricacies.

In 2002, he joined Seyfarth Shaw LLP, one of the nations most respected labor and employment law firms, and assigned him to work on some of its most complex cases. In 2005, the firm made him the youngest partner in the then 600+ attorney firm.

In 2010, he co-founded Oberti Sullivan LLP to set the standard for employment lawyers in Houston. He only takes on matters he believes in and works diligently every day to get the best result possible for his clients. Ed is known for his quick wit and diligent advocacy.

Ed enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife and three children, Kate, James, and JJ. His daughter Kate attends Incarnate Word Academy, his son James attends St. Thomas High School, and his son JJ attends The Kipling School. In his spare time, he is one of the worlds top players of Diplomacy and blogs about this challenging strategy game.

Education

J.D., University of Houston (1997)
Order of the Barristers

Admissions

State Bar of Texas (Labor and Employment Section)

Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
All federal district courts in Texas
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Affiliations

Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Labor and Employment)
Fellow in the College of The State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
Regis School of the Sacred Heart, Houston, TX (Board Member 2017-present; Current Chair)

Ed Sullivan's Recent Presentations

"Effective Mediation Strategies," State Bar of Texas, via Zoom (April 2021).

"Top Fifth Circuit Cases of 2020," Houston Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section, via Zoom (February 2021)

"Top Fifth Circuit Cases of 2020," State Bar of Texas, via Zoom (February 2021)

"Employment Law in the Wake of COVID-19” LNH Leadership North Houston, Houston TX (December 2020)

"Best Practices and Strategies for Litigating Non-Compete Agreements," State Bar of Texas, via Zoom (May 2020)

"Top 10 Damage Traps For Lawyers Bringing Employment Law Cases," Houston Bar Association, via Zoom (May 2020)

"Top 15 Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases of 2019," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (December 2019)

"Best Mediation Practices," Oberti Sullivan CLE, Houston, TX (May 2019)

"What Mediators Need to Know About Employment Litigation," Houston Bar Association, Houston, TX (May 2019)

“Top 15 Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases of 2018,” State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (January 2019)

“Top 15 Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases of 2018,” Houston Bar Association, Houston, TX (January 2019)

"Ethics in the Workplace - How To Handle The Sensitive Investigation," Institute for Energy Law, Houston, TX (October 2018)

"SLAPP Your Opponents (And Save Your Clients Lots Of Money) By Learning About The Texas Anti-SLAPP Act, The Most Useful New Tool In The Employment Lawyer’s Toolkit," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (October 2018)

"Best Mediation Practices," Oberti Sullivan CLE, Houston, TX (June 2018)

“Top 15 Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases of 2017,” State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (February 2018)

“Top 12 Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases of 2017,” Houston Bar Association, Houston, TX (January 2018)

"Top 10 Labor and Employment Law Mistakes Employers Make," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (November 2017)

"2017: Cutting Edge Retaliation and Whistleblowing Claims And Defenses," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (August 2017)

"Suing or Defending the Departing Texas Employee, Including Non-Competes, Trade Secrets, and Fiduciary Duties," Houston Bar Association, Houston, TX (June 2017)

"Injunctive Relief-What Judges Care About," Oberti Sullivan CLE, Houston, TX (May 2017)

"Top 12 Mistakes Made By Employers And How To Counsel Your Client To Avoid Them," Houston Bar Association, Houston, TX (May 2017)

"Sexual Harassment In The Workplace," KCOH Radio, Houston, TX (April 2017)

"2017 Non-Compete, Trade Secrets, and Inevitable Disclosures," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (April 2017)

"Top Ten Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases of 2016," Houston Bar Association, Houston, TX (March 2017)

"Top Ten Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases of 2016," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (February 2017)

"Ten ADA Issues That Continue to Confound and Confuse Employers, and Give Hope To Even Slightly Impaired Plaintiffs and their Lawyers," State Bar of Texas, Austin TX (November 2016)

“Top 10 Ways Plaintiffs Try to Prove Pretext in Discrimination and Retaliation Cases,” State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (August 2016)

"ADA Issues That Continue to Confound and Confuse Employers, and Give Hope To Even Slightly Impaired Plaintiffs and their Lawyers," Houston Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section, Houston, Texas (August 2016)

"Top 5 Fifth CIrcuit Cases of the Past 12 Months," Oberti Sullivan CLE, Houston, TX (May 2016)

"Top 10 Fifth Circuit Cases Of the Past Twelve Months," Houston Bar Association, Houston, TX (April 2016)

"In House Counsel Employment Law Primer: 10 Tips For Identifying Risk, Minimizing Liability, and Creating Clarity and Calm out of Confusion and Chaos," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (March 2016)

"Top 10 Recent Fifth Circuit Cases," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (November 2015)

"Voir Dire: Finding Your Enemies," UT Law CLE, Houston, TX (October 2015)

"Labor and Employment Seminar," Jackson Walker LLP Presentation, Houston, TX (October 2015)

“The Fifth Circuit and Employment Law Cases 2014-2015: What You Need To Know,” Houston Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section, Houston, TX (October 2015)

"Hot Topics In Employment Law," Annual Judicial Education Conference, Dallas, TX (September 2015)

"The FLSA: Ask the 800lb Gorillas," Oberti Sullivan LLP CLE, Houston, TX (April 2015)

"Top 10 Employment Law Issues In The Oil Patch," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (April 2015)

"Recent Developments in Causation Standards in Employment Cases," 2015 Advanced Employment Law CLE in Dallas, Texas (January 2015)

"Four Examples of Modern Constitutional Interpretation," Garland Walker American Inn of Court, Houston, TX (January 2015)

"Top 10 Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases Every Lawyer Must Know," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (October 2014)

"Voir Dire Tactics," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX (October 2014).

"FLSA Litigation: Views from the Tips of the Spears," Houston Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section, Houston, TX (August 2014)

"ADA and FMLA: Solving Their Most Complex Challenges," Top Trial Lawyer CLE, Houston, Texas (May 2014)

"Sex, Words, and 50 Shades of Causation," Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference, San Antonio, Texas (May 2014)

"ADA: Direct Threat and Enforcing Conduct Rules," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (April 2014)

“Department of Labor Practice & Procedure,” Houston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, Houston, Texas (January 2014)

“Supreme Court Review,” Houston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, Houston, Texas (August 2013)

“Punitive Damages: How Employers Avoid Them, How Employees Obtain Them,” South Texas College of Law’s In House Counsel Conference and 26th Annual Employment Law Conference, Houston, Texas (July 2013)

“2013 Update: Texas Noncompete Law; Trade Secrets Litigation; Texas Adopts The Uniform Trade Secrets Act; Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine; and Fiduciary Duties,” State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (June 2013)

“15 Things You Need To Know About The New Wave of Retaliation, Dodd-Frank, and SOX Whistleblower Claims,” State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (March 2013)

“Top 10 Ethical Traps for Employment Lawyers (And How To Avoid Them),” State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (November 2012)

"Employment Law Ethics - Surreptitiously Recording Conversations," American Petroleum Labor Lawyers' Association, Houston, Texas (October 2012)

"Employment Law 2012 - 10 Hot New Developments All Lawyers Need to Know," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (July 2012)

"FLSA: How to Prosecute and Defend Texas Overtime Claims," State Bar of Texas (December 2011)

"Rumbles in the 'C' Suite – Representing Texas Executives in Employment Disputes," State Bar of Texas (October 2011)

"Retaliation Claims: Welcome to the Danger Zone," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (July 2011)

"Analysis of the Supreme Court's Decision in Wal-mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes," Oberti Sullivan LLP website (June 2011)

"A Day in the Life Of An Employment Lawyer," University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas (February 2011)

"Family and Medical Leave Act – How to Comply," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (February 2011)

"Texas Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Update," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (December 2010)

"Alternative Fee Arrangements In The New Economy" Garland Walker American Inn of Court, Houston, Texas (November 2010)

"Ethical Issues In The Employment Context," Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas (November 2010)

"Disability Law Update 2010," Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas, (October 2010)

"Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make, and How to Prevent Them."

  • Oberti Sullivan LLP podcasts (summer 2011)
  • State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (September 2010)

FLSA Litigation – Including Collective Actions" University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Houston, Texas (May 2009)

  • University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Dallas, Texas (May 2009)
  • University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Houston, Texas (April 2008)
  • University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Dallas, Texas (April 2008)
  • Houston Bar Association Litigation Section, Houston, Texas (November 2007)
  • University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Dallas, Texas (June 2007)
  • University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Houston, Texas (June 2007)

"Disability Law Update 2009"

  • University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Dallas, Texas (March 2009) March 2009, University of
  • Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Houston, Texas (March 2009)

"Courtroom Advocacy," Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Illinois (November 2008)

"Handling Reductions In Force in This Economy," Seyfarth Shaw LLP Breakfast Briefing in Houston, Texas (November 2008)

"Five Ways to Reduce Employment Litigation Costs," Association of Corporate Counsel of America, Houston, Texas (May 2008)

"Litigation Hold Letters & Document Preservation Obligations in FLSA Cases," Seyfarth Shaw LLP National Videoconference, Houston, Texas (May 2007)

"FLSA Litigation Strategies"

  • Council on Education in Management, Houston, Texas (February 2007)
  • Lorman Education Services, Houston, Texas (January 2007)
  • Council on Education in Management, Houston, Texas (October 2006)
  • Lorman Education Services, Houston, Texas (October 2006)
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP Breakfast Briefing, Houston, Texas (June 2006)
  • "FLSA Discovery Strategies – Summary Judgment And Beyond," Seyfarth Shaw LLP Videoconference, Houston, Texas (July 2006)

"Justice Scalia On The Establishment Clause," Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court, Houston, Texas (March 2006)

"Federal Court Practice In The Southern District of Texas – Typical Traps For The Unwary," Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas (December 2005)

"Interviewing and Hiring Basics," National Law Enforcement Recruiters' Association, Washington, D.C. (September 2005)

"Is Big Brother Watching? Privacy In The Workplace," Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., Houston, Texas (June 2005)

"Overtime Litigation-Defendant's Perspective; Avoiding and Defending Claims," UHLC Advanced Employment Law CLE, Dallas, Texas (April 2005)

"Limitations on the At-Will Employment Doctrine," Lorman Education Services, McAllen, Texas (November 2004)

"The Importance of Effective Documentation," Lorman Education Services, McAllen, Texas (November 2004)

"Navigating the New Overtime Regulations"

  • Houston Hotel & Motel Association, Houston, Texas (October 2004)
  • Houston Area Builders and Contractors, Houston, Texas (September 2004)
  • Society of Human Resource Managers, Harlingen, Texas (August 2004)

"Historical Origins of the Freedom of Press Clause to the U.S. Constitution," Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court, Houston, Texas (February 2004)