Meghaan McElroy Madriz

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2009, Order of the Coif; William and Mary Law Review; ranked first in class; recipient of the Kruchko & Fries Award for Excellence in Labor & Employment

B.A., History and Political Science, Tulane University, 2006, Phi Beta Kappa; cum laude; Minor in Business

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2009

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Profile

Meghaan Madriz advises employers of all sizes on their employment-related matters and zealously defends them against employee claims in court, arbitration, and administrative proceedings. With experience representing employers before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, federal district courts across the country, Texas state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission, Meghaan has the experience and, more importantly, the passion to handle companies’ employment law needs.

While Meghaan represents employers in a variety of employment-related matters, she has developed a primary focus on wage and hour issues. Meghaan has handled Department of Labor investigations, internal wage and hour audits, and multiple wage and hour lawsuits (including Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions).

Meghaan frequently advises clients on wage and hour compliance issues regarding compensable time, regular rate calculations, employee classifications, and overtime compensation. Meghaan has obtained multiple victories in her wage and hour practice, including the decertification of a nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective action in an exempt misclassification case and summary judgment of off-the-clock claims.

In addition to her robust wage and hour practice, Meghaan regularly defends clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in court for claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, among other federal employment statutes. Meghaan also represents companies in both the prosecution and defense of unfair competition claims, such as breach of non-compete and misappropriation of trade secret claims. Meghaan also advises and counsels employers on their employment and human resources matters, drafts employment, separation, and restrictive covenant agreements, provides due diligence for employment matters in corporate deals, and reviews employee handbooks and other workplace policies. With a keen awareness to developing employment law issues in today’s workplace, Meghaan strives to keep clients abreast of the law and to find ways to minimize liability.

Meghaan also places a strong emphasis on her pro bono docket, particularly cases presenting opportunities to help children and families in need.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in Employment & Labor (2013)

Client Representation

Joey Roland v. Texas Taco Cabana, L.P.; JAMS Case No. 1310020375 (Arbitration before JAMS)

Obtained summary disposition for restaurant chain in JAMS arbitration in defense of age discrimination and retaliation claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") and Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code a/k/a the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act ("TCHRA") brought by former manager. Prior to initiating the arbitration, the claimant failed to file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Texas Workforce Commission, Civil Rights Division. The arbitrator agreed with our client that the claimant was required to exhaust his administrative remedies under the ADEA and TCHRA even though he brought his claims in arbitration and not in court...

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