Karen Denney


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 2002

B.S., Texas Tech University, 1999, summa cum laude



Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


Karen Denney is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Karen represents clients in employment litigation and arbitration matters involving a variety of claims, including claims concerning age, sex, race, national origin, disability, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, retaliation, misappropriation, gross negligence, breach of contract, defamation, tortious interference, covenants not to compete and other employment laws and related torts. She has also represented employers in negotiations and/or proceedings with the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Texas Workforce Commission and parties in numerous employment arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She frequently prepares employment agreements and employment-related policies; counsels employers on various issues concerning hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, investigating harassment and discrimination complaints, social media-related employment issues, and covenants not to compete; and performs public seminars on assorted employment law topics.

Karen is a frequent speaker on a variety of labor and employment law topics and authors articles for national audiences on topics related to Employment Law and Social Media. Her most recent publication “Social media and Labor and Employment Law in 2015 and Beyond” was featured in Bloomberg BNA Social Media Law & Policy Report.

Karen is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, Texas Bar Foundation, and the Tarrant County Bar Foundation and in 2012 was named the 2012 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. In her local community, Karen serves as a board member and Immediate Past President for The Parenting Center and as a board member and Chairman-Elect for Casa Mañana, Inc.


Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Solid Showing on 2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Haynes and Boone in its annual award listings, highlighting 61 firm lawyers, with three celebrating 10 years on the list.

Published by Thomson Reuters, September 2016

Professional and Community Activities

  • Casa Mañana, Inc., Chairman-Elect 
  • The Parenting Center, Board Member and Immediate Past President
  • Clayton Youth Enrichment Services Board Member (2005-2013) 
  • Co-Chair of Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services Committee (2012-2013) 
  • Past President of the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association 
  • LeadershipSBOT, Class of 2011-2012 
  • Leadership Fort Worth, Class of 2010-2011
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association 
  • Tarrant County Bar Association 
  • Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association 
  • Labor and Employment Sections of the Texas and Tarrant County Bar Associations 
  • Texas Bar Foundation Member 
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation Life Fellow 
  • State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College Member 
  • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Associated 2006-2008 

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Social Media and Labor and Employment Law in 2015 and Beyond," co-author, Bloomberg BNA's Social Media Law & Policy Report, January 13, 2015.
  • "Employment Law Update: Why Employers Never Get a Good Night’s Sleep," 2015.
  • "Employment Law 101: The Basics and Emerging Issues," 2015.
  • "Putting It Into Practice: Employee Situations and How to Respond," 2014.
  • "Labor and Employment Law and Social Media: 2013 in Review and a Look Ahead to 2014," co-author, Bloomberg BNA's Social Media Law & Policy Report, January 21, 2014.
  • "Drawing the Line on Social Media," HRE Online, January 13, 2014.
  • "Social Media Employment Law Evolving," Fort Worth Business Press, December 9, 2013.
  • "Social Media and Labor and Employment Law: Top Five Issues to Watch in 2013," co-author with Alex Stevens, Social Media Law Reporter, January 24, 2013.
  • "Tax Implications in Employment Law," 2013.
  • "Helping Employers Stay On Top of Employment Law Changes," chapter in Inside the Minds publication, The Impact of Recent Regulatory Developments in Employment Law, Aspatore Books, 2013.
  • "Hot Topics in Employment Law for 2013," 2013.
  • "How Do I Manage Employees and Employment Law?" 2013.
  • "What Not to Ask in an Interview and Other Helpful Employment Law Tips," 2013.
  • "The Fair Labor Standards Act: Back to the Basics," 2012.
  • "The Family Medical Leave Act: The Devil is in the Details," 2011.
  • "Texas Employees Receive New Gun Rights," Haynes and Boone Alert, 2011.
  • "Responding to an EEOC Charge: How to Answer when the EEOC Comes Knocking," 2010.
  • "The Americas with Disabilities Act and the New Regulations of the Family Medial Leave Act," 2009.

Selected Client Representations

  • Successfully obtained and/or defended numerous temporary and permanent injunctions in misappropriation of trade secrets and covenant not to compete cases.
  • Representation of securities brokerage firms in employment disputes, including a complete defense award against former broker challenging stock forfeiture provisions in employee incentive compensation plan.
  • Obtained numerous summary judgments and dismissals for employers in employment litigation matters involving defamation, tortious interference, race, sex, age, sexual harassment, pregnancy, the Family Medical Leave Act, disability and retaliation claims.
  • Obtained summary judgments for companies on breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, premises liability, and unjust enrichment claims.
  • Obtained defense verdict in jury trial against employees claiming retaliation.
  • Obtained defense verdict in jury trial for employer based on alleged negligence of an employee.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, for Employment & Labor, 2015-2016
  • Awarded Outstanding Service Award by the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County for service to Casa Mañana, Inc., 2014
  • Awarded the Friend of Clayton Award by Clayton Youth Enrichment Services, 2013
  • Named by the Fort Worth Business Press as a 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2006, 2008-2013
  • Top Three Finalist for the 2012 National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Named the 2012 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Selected as the 2012 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County by the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Chosen by her peers as one of Fort Worth's Top Attorneys in Labor and Employment in Fort Worth, Texas, magazine, 2009-2013

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