Janet Ayyad Ismail


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 2008, cum laude; Alumni Relations Officer, Baylor Law Review; Order of the Barristers; Moot Court Brief Writer; Delta Theta Phi

B.A., Psychology, Minor in Mathematics, University of Texas at Dallas, 2005, summa cum laude; Collegium V Honors Graduate; Featured Alumni, UTD School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences website, 2011


Texas, 2008

Court Admissions

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

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


Janet Ayyad Ismail is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Janet serves as a trusted litigator and advisor to clients who have come to value and respect Janet for her advocacy and analytical skills, practical advice, strategies for minimizing risks of litigation, and her dedication to helping them navigate the complexities of labor and employment law. Janet’s hybrid practice includes the representation of clients in litigation and non-litigation matters involving a variety of labor and employment issues.

During her career, Janet has defended clients during employment-related investigations as well as lawsuits in both federal and state court involving Title VII, § 1981, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, OSHA, breach of contract claims and employment-related torts. Janet has prosecuted and defended complex unfair competition-related claims, including breach of non-competition agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Through such litigation experience, Janet had become a trusted advisor and leader regarding the management, review and analysis of forensic data and electronic discovery.

Apart from her litigation work, Janet regularly provides advice and counsel to employers concerning a variety of employment issues. Janet serves as a go-to lawyer for advice and counsel regarding compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Janet’s experience also includes advice and counsel to leadership during major transactions, including advising on labor and employment aspects of purchase agreements, drafting employment and related agreements, and navigating labor and employment issues and concerns in connection with the transaction. In addition, clients regularly turn to Janet for assistance drafting and reviewing severance and release agreements, employment agreements, confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, employee handbooks and workplace policies and procedures. As a member of the firm’s Social Media Practice Group, Janet has experience drafting and reviewing social media policies for clients and providing advice and counsel to employers concerning the effects of social media in the workplace and proper disciplinary measures for infractions occurring over social media. Janet frequently speaks on a variety of employment topics, including social media in the workplace and disability and leave of absence issues.

Janet recognizes the importance of giving back to the community through leadership, service, and mentorship. When not working on behalf of her clients, Janet participates in various charitable events in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Heart Association, and Dallas Challenge. As a member of the UT System Chancellor’s Centurions, Janet has remained an active alumna of the UT System, discussing the challenges and opportunities facing public higher education in Texas, as well as promoting the breadth of the UT System.

Janet was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, for Employment and Labor, 2013-2017.

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Featured in Texas Rising Stars 2017

Haynes and Boone lawyers once again maintained a strong showing in the recently released Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory, with 41 lawyers selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section; Technology in the Practice and Workplace Subcommittee; Employment Rights and Responsibilities Subcommittee; Disabilities & Leave of Absence Subcommittee
  • Dallas Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers; Attorneys Serving Troops Committee Co-Chair; Young Employment and Labor Lawyers Committee Member 
  • UT System Chancellor's Council Centurions
  • American Heart Association Go Red for Women, Auction Committee Chair, 2012-2014
  • The Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, 2010-2011
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Texas Eldercare Friends Volunteer
  • Promise House Professionals; Member; New Membership Chair, 2009-2010

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Can Twitter Fingers Get You Fired,” speaker, Asian Pacific Interest Section CLE at State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, June 2017.
  • “Legal Issues and Social Media, What You Need to Know,” speaker, Client CLE Presentation, Fort Worth, TX, April 2017.
  • “Managing Leave, Accommodations and Other Issues Under the FMLA and the ADA,” speaker, Haynes and Boone 29th Annual Dallas Employment Law Update, Dallas, TX, April 2017.
  • “Labor and Employment Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions,” speaker, Haynes and Boone CLE Presentation, Dallas, Texas and Houston, Texas, November 2016.
  • “EEOC Litigation Update from the Inside,” speaker, EEOC Litigation Roundtable, Austin, TX, April 2016.
  • “Employment Case Studies: The Employee Did What? (And How to Legally React),” speaker, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 14th Annual Employment Law Update, San Antonio, TX, April 2016.
  • “Leave Laws – Are Employees Ever Required to Be at Work?” speaker, Haynes and Boone 27th Annual Dallas Employment Law Update, Dallas, TX, April 2015.
  • “Human Resources and Employment Matters,” speaker, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Dallas, TX, March 2016, March 2015 and October 2014.
  • “Cyber-Sleuthing on Social Media, Ethical Concerns Regarding Acquiring Evidence via Social Media,” speaker, Haynes and Boone CLE Presentation, Dallas, TX, November 2014.
  • “The Dangers of Friending, Tweeting, and Linking With, and Among, Your Employees and Other Social Media Topics,” speaker, Presentation for DFW International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists, Dallas, TX, October 2014; Houston West Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Employment Law Update, Houston, TX, May 2013; Haynes and Boone 25th Annual Dallas Employment Law Update, Dallas, TX, May 2013; Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce 23rd Annual Employment Law Update, Fort Worth, TX, March 2013; LeadSA at the North Chamber 11th Annual Employment Law Update, San Antonio, TX, March 2013.
  • “Examining the Duty of Loyalty and the Corporate Opportunity Doctrine,” co-author, Business Torts & Unfair Competition, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Summer 2014, Vol. 21, No. 4, September 2014.
  • “Can Employees Choose Not to Use FMLA?” speaker, Haynes and Boone CLE Presentation, Dallas, TX, April 2014.
  • “Employment Law Update: Why Employers Never Get a Good Night’s Sleep,” speaker, Haynes and Boone 26th Annual Dallas Employment Law Update, Dallas, TX, April 2014.
  • “Welcome Home Soldiers: Leave and Disability Issues Involving Service Members,” speaker, Haynes and Boone 25th Annual Dallas Employment Law Update, Dallas, TX, May 2013; American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Midwinter Meeting for Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Miami, FL, March 2013.
  • “Assisting Clients with New Employment Law Compliance Practices and Challenges,” co-author, Employment Law 2013, Aspatore Thought Leadership, February 2013.
  • “Man versus Machine: Predictive Coding Making Its Mark in Electronic Discovery,” author, Flash, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, July-August 2012.
  • “Bill Precludes Gun Bans in Workplaces,” Commentary in Texas Lawyer, co-author, May 25, 2009.

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