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Brent D. Hockaday
Biography

Brent represents, advises, and counsels businesses of all sizes in the legal aspects of their business, focusing on labor and employment and complex commercial litigation. Brent has substantial experience litigating matters across different forums and jurisdictions across the country, including trying multiple cases and obtained multiple successful jury verdicts and arbitration awards.


Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in labor and employment law, Brent defends employers in federal and state court, as well as arbitration and in matters before administrative agencies. His employer-side litigation experience extends to defending against claims of federal and state wage and hour violations (both on individual and class and collective action bases) and the federal and state anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and anti-retaliation laws. Brent also enforces and defends against the enforcement of restrictive covenants, including disputes involving the protection and misappropriation of trade secrets. On the commercial litigation front, he undertakes complex business disputes at the federal and state levels for companies of all sizes.

An important component of Brent’s practice involves counseling and navigating business leaders through the complexities of federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Brent aids business leaders with litigation avoidance strategies, as well as with establishing, drafting, and enforcing effective workplace policies, practices, and procedures.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2012
  • B.B.A, Baylor University, 2005

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Representative Matters
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a skilled nursing facility for claims under Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code, 2018
  • Successfully defended against a temporary injunction on behalf of an insurance company in the medical billing industry against claims of tortious interference, misappropriation of trade secrets, the Texas Theft Liability Act, and civil conspiracy, 2018
  • Secured a favorable class action settlement from the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for client, R Wings R Wild LLC, 2018
  • Secured a complete defense verdict in a federal court jury trial on behalf of a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center against Title VII discrimination and retaliation claims from five plaintiffs, 2017
  • Secured partial summary judgment on behalf of a sub-lessor to an aircraft sublease agreement on breach of contract and breach of guaranty claims, and obtained a $280,000 jury verdict, 2017
  • Secured a take-nothing judgment in arbitration on behalf of a senior care living facility against claims of discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, Section 1981, and the Texas Labor Code, 2016
  • Defeated six causes of action in arbitration on behalf of a large consumer retail and distribution center against Americans with Disabilities Act and Texas Labor Code claims, 2015
  • Secured a complete victory in an administrative trial before National Labor Relations Board on behalf of an international food and beverage company against 19 unfair labor practice charges, 2013
  • Won dismissals of dozens of charges of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation filed with multiple federal, state, and local administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Texas Workforce Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 2012-present
Noteworthy
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
  • Selected by attorney peers as a Texas Rising Star®, Thomson Reuters, 2019
Activities & Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • The Patrick Higginbotham Inn of Court
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • YP Board of Directors, 2018-present
    • LEAD YP, Class of 2017
Publications
  • Author of the Oklahoma Chapter, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey, 2013 Supplement, January 2014
  • Author of the Oklahoma Chapter, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey, 2014 Cumulative Supplement, January 2015
Presentations
  • 2014: Co-Presenter, Benefit Seminars PLUS Luncheon, What You Need to Know About the FMLA and ADA, October.