About the Author

AuthorLaura M. Franze
Texas employmenT law F-8
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Laura M. Franze has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment
Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1984 and is a
graduate of Duke University School of Law. Her experience of over 25
years encompasses significant class-action litigation and litigation in
virtually all substantive areas of labor and employment law, including
discrimination, FLSA, and state wage and hour. She also represents
management in connection with strategic employment decisions;
restructuring; labor union relations; employment investigations; the ADA,
including public accommodations; and employment issues related to
mergers, acquisitions and restructuring. Laura Franze has tried nearly 100
arbitration cases and federal agency cases. Laura is an accomplished trial
lawyer, having represented management to successful verdict in many
employment law cases, including regional and nationwide class actions
filed in Texas, California, New Mexico, Ohio and in a dozen other states.
Laura is particularly experienced in defending management in actions filed
by or involving the government by intervention, including the EEOC, the
Department of Labor, the OFCCP, the Department of Justice, and State Attorney General cases. Samples cases
Mundy v. Hotels.Com (U.S.D. Hawaii 2005)
United States v. Cinemark USA, Inc., 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24418 (U.S.D. Ohio)
EEOC v. Pinnacle Nissan, et al., (Arizona Federal District Court)
Lara, et al. v. Cinemark USA, Inc., 207 F.3d 783 (5th Cir. 2000)
OPVA, et al. v. Regal Cinemas, Inc., et al., 142 F. Supp. 2d 1293 (D. OR. 2001)
EEOC v. Thrift Stores, Inc. (U.S.D.C.)
Corinne Garcia v. Furr’s, Inc. 105 N.M. 521, 734 P.2d 761 (N.M., Mar. 17, 1987 (class sex))
Stokes v. Furr’s, Inc., 106 F.3d 396 (5th Cir. 1997)
Thomas Land v. Furr’s, Inc. (New Mexico Trial, Appellate and New Mexico Supreme Court).
Laura has been elected to the Texas and Dallas Bar Foundations and has been listed in The Best Lawyers
in America, (every edition since 1995), and numerous Who’s Who editions. She also was designated a top
practitioner by Texas Lawyer (February 2001), was twice named as one of the best lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth
by D Magazine (February 1997 and May 2001), has been repeatedly named one of the top 50 women lawyers
in the state (Texas Monthly), and as a “Super Lawyer” (Texas Monthly, 2003-2010.) Laura was also named as
one of the Nation’s Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by Human Resources Executive (May 2009)
and named among California’s Top 50 Labor and Employment Lawyers by the Daily Journal, the state’s largest
legal newspaper.
Laura has been repeatedly named to Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Client
Guide, including the most recent listing in 2008. According to Chambers, peers say Ms. Franze is a
Superwoman” and a “dynamic” employment litigator. Those interviewed state she is blessed with “a good
manner, proven trial skills, broad-ranging knowledge and intellectual depth,” and clients agree she is an
excellent deal manager. (Chambers USA 2005.)
Laura authored Hot Topics and Commonly Asked Questions; Chapter 1, Employment Relationship
Defined; Chapter 3, Wrongful Discharge; Chapter 13, Internal Investigations; Chapter 14, Arbitration of
Employment Claims; Chapter 19, Sex Discrimination; Chapter 20, Sexual Harassment; Chapter 23, Age
Discrimination; Chapter 26, Retaliation; Chapter 28, Privacy Issues in the Workplace; Chapter 29, Defamation
in the Workplace; Chapter 30, Other Workplace Torts; Chapter 31, Discrimination Claims Under Labor Code
Chapter 451; Chapter 34, Texas Whistleblower Act; and Chapter 37 Ethical Dilemmas. Laura also edited or
contributed to the updates of many other chapters.

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