Stephanie S. Rojo
Labor & Employment Vice Chair
Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law
Certified Litigation Management Professional, October 2017
Stephanie Rojo is a commercial litigator who 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.
Additionally, she represents employers and their leadership in discrimination and retaliation lawsuits and charges of discrimination, wage claims, suits for breach of contract and various employment-related torts, and suits for violation of state and federal statutes, such as the FLSA, the FMLA, WARN, and the Texas workers’ compensation retaliation statute.
Stephanie has prepared hundreds of employment contracts, severance agreements, non-competes, and other restrictive covenants, arbitration agreements, and employee handbooks and policies. She advises clients daily on handing complex HR issues, compliance with various employment statutes, and proactively avoiding employee complaints.
Employment Cases & Consulting
Obtained a full take-nothing defense verdict for an employer in a federal race discrimination lawsuit, following the voluntary dismissal of a number of other discrimination claims in advance of trial.
Obtained summary judgment for a Fortune 500 company in a lawsuit alleging violations of the FMLA as well as race and disability discrimination.
Obtained voluntary dismissal of a race discrimination claim and summary judgment on the remaining retaliation claim, affirmed on appeal by the First Court of Appeals.
Obtained the dismissal of an Equal Pay Act-type in state and then federal court, obtaining sanctions against the plaintiff after the federal dismissal.
Obtained summary judgment for an employer in a lawsuit alleging pregnancy and disability discrimination, affirmed on appeal by the Fifth Circuit.
Obtained a jury verdict for an employer in a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit for the alleged misclassification of an exempt employee.
Obtained the voluntary dismissal of a race and national origin discrimination and retaliation claim pending against a restaurant chain following the plaintiff's deposition.
Obtained summary judgment for an employer in a workers’ compensation retaliation lawsuit.
Successfully advised a client on a 300-employee layoff including providing advice on avoiding disparate impact claims, WARN Act compliance, and severance packages, without litigation ensuing for the business.
Commercial Litigation & Community Associations
Obtained a favorable stipulation limiting damages and ultimately the favorable resolution of a lawsuit alleging, among numerous other claims, breach of employment contract by a company’s founders.
Successfully resolved four lawsuits by over a dozen investors and an additional lawsuit by the company’s bankruptcy estate, alleging fraud and misrepresentations by the company’s officers, within the limits of available insurance.
Obtained summary judgment for an association in a case seeking a determination that the association’s declaration had expired and suing the association for tortious interference.
Obtained summary judgment on several claims by a custom homebuilder against a homeowners association, leading to the case’s resolution on highly favorable terms.
Obtained the dismissal of an action brought against a homeowners association involving an alleged improper foreclosure, as well as sanctions against the plaintiff.
Obtained the dismissal of a student’s 42 U.S.C. §1983 claims against a school district in a federal case involving allegations of the use of excessive force by a school district police officer.
Austin's Top Attorneys list
Listed for Employment Litigation: Defense, Business Litigation, and Employment & Labor: Employer
Up-and-Coming 50 Women list
Houston Professionals on the Fast Track list
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Education, Admissions & Activities
University of Houston Law Center
Houston Business & Tax Law Journal
United States District Court of Texas: Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Professional and Community Activities
Austin Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
Treasurer (2016-2017), Secretary (2017-2018), Chair (2018-2019)
State Bar of Texas, Labor & Employment Law Section
Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court
Texas Bar Foundation
Austin Bar Foundation
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
President of the Austin-San Antonio Local Chapter (2016-present), Member of the Management & Professional Liability Committee
Travis County Women Lawyers Association
Designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional, October 2017
CLM Litigation Management Institute
Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization