Biography

Katrisha Shirley counsels and represents employers in a range of labor and employment matters in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies. 

Katrisha’s litigation experience includes cases concerning contractual disputes involving commercial real estate and mortgage lending as well as alleged violations of various employment statutes, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Title VII.

Prior to joining Thompson Coe, Katrisha worked as an associate in an AmLaw 200 law firm representing clients in a variety of complex commercial disputes.

Representative Experience

  • Represented security company against claims of age discrimination and retaliation claims.
  • Represented prime contractor to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency against claims of gender and age discrimination and retaliation.
  • Represented global energy company to enforce non-compete and non-solicit provisions in employment contract
  • Won summary judgment motion for defendant in disability discrimination and retaliation case.
  • Won motion to dismiss for defendant in delinquent ad valorem tax case
  • Successfully secured a defense verdict and obtained an award for Client on its counterclaim in an HOA case involving the lack of repair to a septic system and breach of restrictive covenants

Education

  • South Texas College of Law  (J.D., 2015)
    • Order of Barristers
    • Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition - 2014 National Champion
  • Texas A&M University  (2011)

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2015

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Texas

Professional and Community Activities

  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy, Member, 2017-2018
  • South Texas College of Law Moot Court Coach, 2015-2018
  • Dallas Asian American Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Coached the South Texas College of Law Houston Moot Court Team in the McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition.
    • The team placed third after successfully arguing a problem regarding trademarks, the Lanham Act, and the First Amendment, based on a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more.
  • Featured in The Houston Lawyer Story Titled “Mentoring Through MOILP – From Being Mentored to Serving as a Mentor