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Parker Graham practices in the firm’s business litigation and employment sections. From routine discovery disputes to oral argument in the Dallas Court of Appeals, his litigation experience includes an array of complex business disputes, agency investigations, and discrimination and retaliation cases across the country. Parker has extensive experience pursuing and opposing emergency injunctive relief, including many state and federal temporary restraining orders and injunctions, especially involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. Parker also routinely counsels clients on regulatory and compliance issues.

Education

SMU Dedman School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
Order of the Coif
SMU Law Review, Articles Editor
Research Assistant to Prof. William Dorsaneo

Sewanee: The University of the South
B.A., magna cum laude, 2010

Reported Decisions

Oransky v. Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., 400 F. Supp. 3d 1143 (D. Colo. 2019).

Windsor v. Olson et al., No. 3:16-cv-934, 2019 WL 2080021 (N.D. Tex. 2019).

 Rome v. HCC Life Insurance Co., 323 F. Supp. 3d 862 (N.D. Tex. 2018), appeal dismissed, 2018 WL 4233705 (5th Cir. 2018).

 Nerium Skincare, Inc. v. Nerium International, LLC, No. 3:16-cv-1217, 2017 WL 177651 (N.D. Tex. 2017).

Dyhre v. Hinman, No. 05-16-00511, 2017 WL 1075614 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2017, pet. denied).

Experience

Business Litigation

Lead associate on a series of complex accounting, trademark, and contract disputes that spanned five years and multiple countries.

In numerous cases, represented parties pursuing or opposing emergency injunctive relief in state and federal court, including temporary restraining orders, temporary/preliminary injunctions, and related appeals. For example, on multiple occasions, argued and won a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction to prevent former salespeople from violating their non-solicitation agreements.

Represented a developer in a contract dispute, including arguing the summary judgment hearing and presenting the oral argument in the Fifth District Court of Appeals.

Secured possession of a property and damages following a bench trial, and briefed the case in the Fifth District Court of Appeals, which affirmed.

Employment Litigation / Agency Investigations

In numerous cases, defended employers in discrimination and retaliation cases across the country, including state and federal courts in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Iowa, and Oklahoma.

Defended a law firm and its managing partner against retaliation and discrimination claims, which were dismissed before discovery began.

Defended a construction-materials company against a former executive’s wrongful-termination claims under Colorado’s lawful off-duty activity statute. On cross-motions for summary judgment, the court dismissed all claims.

Represented an automotive-engineering firm in an OSHA investigation alleging whistleblower retaliation.

Represented an oil-and-gas company in a Department of Labor investigation alleging unpaid overtime and off-the-clock work for large groups of employees in three states.

In various administrative proceedings, represented clients in contesting liability or negotiating resolutions, including before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Comptroller, Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state-equivalents across the country.

Routinely counsel clients on employment-law questions, including employee compensation and benefits, leave policies, wage-and-hour issues, employee handbooks, executive employment agreements, separation agreements, and post-employment restrictions.

Speeches and Publications

Speaker, NLRB and Employee Handbooks: Complying with Agency Guidance, Speech to the Dallas Bar Association, (2016).

Co-Author, An Overview of Federal Employment Law Practice and Procedure, Texas Bar Association’s Federal Court Practice CLE (2015).

Co-Author, Texas Chapter of How to Hire and Fire: A Global Guide, Multilaw (2015).

Author, Neglect the Registered Agent, Risk Losing a Lawsuit, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter (2014).

Author, Whistleblowers in the Workplace: The Government Employee’s “Official Duty” to Tell the Truth, 65 SMU L. REV. 685 (2012).

Court Admissions

Texas, 2013

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Honors and Distinctions

Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2021, Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Law – Management

Honored as a Rising Star as published in Texas Monthly magazine, 2019-2020

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