Laura Alaniz's litigation experience provides a unique perspective in analyzing client's practices to reduce risk of claims. She regularly advises clients on compliance issues relating to employment-related laws and prevention of claims including counseling clients regarding leaves of absence, layoffs, unemployment compensation, employment handbooks and policies, and conducting employee and management training.
Labor & Employment (Litigation & Counseling) –Ms. Alaniz's Labor and Employment practice includes drafting employment contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and anti-competition-hiring-solicitation agreements. She also has successfully defended clients in employment cases and handled employment-related claims before local, state and federal administrative agencies. She has represented employers in all types of employment disputes including suits for wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment and discrimination, wage and hour disputes, disability accommodation, and has litigated claims of tortious interference, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Commercial Litigation – Laura also represents businesses, non-profits, and their directors and officers in a variety of commercial disputes, including breach-of-contract claims, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and misrepresentation, Deceptive Trade Practices Act cases, and community association and condominium governance issues.
- Baylor University School of Law (J.D., 1996)
- The University of Texas at Austin (B.S., 1993)
- high honors
- Texas, 1996
- United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
Professional and Community Activities
- HR Houston, member of the HR Ambassador Committee
- Epilepsy Foundation, Board Member
Speeches and Presentations
- The Current Landscape: The Silence Breakers, Pay Equity & Creating Change, Women in Law & Leadership Conference, Houston October 3, 2018
- The ADA: The Law that Works When Employee Can’t, HR in Your Neighborhood, February 20, 2018
- Trump Effect- How President Trumps Federal Appointments and De-regulation Will Transform the Workplace ACC Houston Chapter Meeting CLE, February 13 & 15, 2018
- Would you like an ADA lawsuit with that question? HR Houston’s LEGALkwik - Delivering Legal News at Lightning Speed! October 17, 2017
- Social Media in the Workplace: Employers Beware. Gulf Coast Symposium, May 11, 2017
- Troublesome contractors: The Impact of Bridging Agreements on Work Place Safety Practices, Conduct Polices and Litigation Exposures, ACC Houston Chapter Meeting CLE, February 14 & 21, 2018
- Survival Guide: What Every Lawyer Needs To Know About Layoffs, Houston Bar Association Seminar, October 14, 2016
- Managing Leave: Navigating the Complexities of Overlapping Leave Obligations Under ADA, FMLA, Workers Compensation & Executive Order 13703, June 8, 2016.
- Navigating the Complexities of Overlapping Leave Obligations Under the ADA, FMLA, Workers Compensation & the September 7, 2015 Executive Order, HR in Your Neighborhood, April 7, 2016
- Navigating the Minefield: Best Practices When Terminating Employees, ACC Houston Chapter Meeting CLE, March 10 & 15, 2016
- The Trifecta--Understanding Overlapping Leave Obligations under ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation, Gulf Coast Symposium, May 14 & 15, 2015
- Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers" in Houston by the Texas Diversity Council (2017)
- Designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional: CLM Litigation Management Institute, hosted at Loyola University Chicago School of Law (October 2017)
- Board Certified by Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment
- Texas Monthly's Texas Rising Stars, 2008-2009