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June 2, 2017:  Oberti Sullivan wins an ERISA appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The appellate court reversed and rendered a district court decision and awarded our client $255,000 plus $18,970 in attorneys' fees.  The Court's opinion is here.

January 25, 2013 - Mark Oberti is published in the Houston Business Journal on "5 Things All Execs Should Have in Employment Agreements."

July 10, 2012 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirms a subsantial judgment Oberti Sullivan obtained on behalf of its client Junial Douglas against Smith International.  Mr. Douglas successfully argued that he was owed severance pay under Article 84 of the Labor and Workmen law of Saudi Arabia.

We have a track record of providing Houston executives with favorable and discreet outcomes in their employment disputes.  If you are in need of a Houston executive attorney, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to fight for your rights. Such benefits may involve things like:

Noncompete & Trade Secrets.  We handle matters related to this type of litigation frequently, and have released a detailed paper and PowerPoint regarding the topics.

Severance Pay.  In Hernandez v. Exxon Corp., 943 F. Supp. 740, 750 (S.D. Tex. 1996), the court found that it was up to a jury to decide whether the plaintiff-manager was entitled to severance pay because his employment was terminated without cause.

Bonuses.  In Carbona v. CH Medical, Inc., 266 S.W.3d 675 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2008, no pet.), the court found that the plaintiff-director was entitled to a $150,225 bonus from his former employer under the terms of his employment agreement.  And, in Vanegas v. American Energy Servs., 302 S.W.3d 299 (Tex. 2009), the Texas Supreme Court found that eight employees were entitled to be paid five percent of the proceeds of the sale of their employer based on a promise the employer had made to make such payments.

Change of Control Payments.  In McClure v. Union Carbide Corporation, No. Civ. A H-03-0054, 2005 WL 1214645, 2005 U.S. District Lexis 35679, *1 (S.D. Tex. May 20, 2005), the court found that the plaintiff-manager was entitled to payment under the change of control agreement because his new position was not equivalent to his old one. 

If you contact and retain us, our firm would be happy to review your agreement with you and discuss the specifics of your situation. As experienced Houston executive attorneys, we can quickly cut to the core of the most complex issues and help vindicate your legal rights.

Our YouTube Channel has many interesting presentations of interest to any Texas or Houston executive, including:

Texas And Houston Executive Questions/Issues

Top 10 Texas & Houston Non-Compete Questions

  • Question 10.  In general, when is a non-compete agreement enforceable?
  • Question 9.  How long can an employer stop an employee from competing?
  • Question 8.  Can an employee be restrained from competing w/o a non-compete agreement?
  • Question 7.  Are non-solicitation/recruitment clauses enforceable in Texas?
  • Question 6.  What items can an executive take from the workplace upon leaving?
  • Question 5.  What should an employee with a non-compete tell the employer upon resignation?
  • Question 4.  What can an employer do if an employee violates a non-compete agreement?
  • Question 3.  Can an employer enforce an overly-broad non-compete agreement?
  • Question 2.  What are the effects of choice of law/choice of forum clauses in Texas?
  • Question 1.  Do I need an attorney to help understand the Texas non-compete process?




Before you sign an executive agreement, consider obtaining legal advice from an employment law expert.  Whether your employment is ending voluntarily or involuntarily, you can bet that there are important issues that need to be addressed.  Issues like whether you are entitled to a bonus or severance pay.  Or, whether your non-competition agreement is valid and enforceable, and, if it is, whether the company may be willing to release you from it in return for a compromise of some sort from you.  These are delicate issues that have important financial consequences.  When you are facing these types of significant issues, our lawyers are able to help you work through them.


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