Meghaan McElroy Madriz


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

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


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 and Community Activities

  • Board member, Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse
  • Counsel member, Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, 2016-2017

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition by Thomson Reuters in Employment & Labor, 2013

Upcoming Event


Unveiling the Changes to Federal Overtime Exemption Rules

Haynes and Boone lawyer Meghaan Madriz will be speaking at a webinar entitled, "Unveiling the Changes to Federal Overtime Exemption Rules," presented by The Knowledge Group on May 25, 2016. Topics include employee and overtime exemptions, wage and overtime calculations, DOL enforcement action updates, compliance and best practices, current trends, and more.

Selected Client Representations

Wage and Hour

  • Represented multinational internet service provider in FLSA collective action and assisted in obtaining decertification of nationwide collective action and favorable settlements of subsequent splinter actions filed across U.S.
  • Represented hospital district in single plaintiff FLSA action and assisted in obtaining summary judgment of off-the-clock-claims.
  • Represented restaurant group in FLSA misclassification case and assisted in obtaining favorable settlement of plaintiff’s claims.
  • Successfully represented restaurant chain in DOL investigation of wage and hour practices that resulted in a finding of no violations.

Employment Litigation

  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment for hospital district of plaintiff’s Title VII, ADA, and Section 1981 claims in case filed in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary disposition for restaurant chain on age discrimination and retaliation claims in arbitration filed before JAMS.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment on multiple plaintiffs’ race and national origin discrimination claims under the TCHRA in case filed in Texas state court.
  • Assisted in obtaining partial dismissal of Texas state law claims against franchisor in case filed in the Southern District of Texas by two former employees of a franchisee.

Administrative Charges

  • Obtained over seven no cause findings and dismissals from the EEOC, after conducting investigations of the charging party’s claims and submitting a position statement to the EEOC.
  • Successfully defended restaurant chain against a discrimination charge filed with the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practice.

Unfair Competition/Restrictive Covenants

  • Assisted in obtaining a temporary injunction in Texas state court for former employer against seven former employees for violating their non-competition agreements and for misappropriating confidential information and trade secrets.
  • Assisted in obtaining a temporary restraining order in Texas state court for former employer in case involving theft of trade secrets and confidential information.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “The Proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) White Collar Exemptions Changes: What Every Company Should Know,” webinar presented with The Knowledge Group, February 23, 2016.
  • “Common Wage and Hour Issues in the Oil and Gas Industry,” coauthor with Punam Kaji and Arrissa Meyer, The Houston Lawyer, January/February 2015.
  • “Employees Get What? What Texas Employers Need to Know About Mexican Labor and Employment Law,” co-author with Felicity Fowler and Yasser Madriz, The Houston Lawyer, January/February 2012.
  • “Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law: But Who Really Owns a Church’s Property in the Wake of a Religious Split Within a Hierarchical Church?” 50 W.M. & MARY L. REV. 311 (2008).


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