Michael Gaston-Bell


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2013

B.S., Truman State University, 2010


Texas, 2019

Indiana, 2013

Missouri, 2016

Court Admissions

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 Northern District of Indiana

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas

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


Michael Gaston-Bell is an associate in Haynes and Boone’s Dallas office and his practice focuses primarily on employment litigation and advising top level corporate leadership - boards of directors, in-house counsel and chief executives - on unique, complex and often crisis-level employment affairs, including:

  • Employment Litigation - Representing clients in federal and state courts, as well as state and local agencies, on matters related to Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

  • Executive Transitions and Disputes - Drafts, negotiates, advises and litigates complex executive transitions and disputes such as employment and separation agreements, and restrictive covenants

  • Internal Investigations - Conducts high-level, sensitive and complex workplace investigations, and counsels on best practices in investigations

  • Major Transactions - With the goal of protecting company assets, counsels leadership during major transactions, advises on purchase agreements, drafts employment and related agreements to navigating disputes and litigation

  • ERISA Litigation - Handles all aspects of incentive compensation and retirement and benefit plan litigation

Professional and Community Activities

  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Leadership Class, 2018
  • Legal Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinder, 2017
  • American Bar Association Labor and Employment Trial Institute, Participant, 2017
  • National Employment Law Council, Member
  • Missouri Bar Association, Member
  • Missouri Bar Association Legislative Review Subcommittee
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
  • Indiana Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Dallas Bar Association Member, Member
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Judiciary Committee

Selected Client Representations

Wage and Hour

  • Represented several national clients in FLSA collective actions and assisted in obtaining favorable settlements of the plaintiffs’ claims.

Employment Litigation

  • Successfully argued for summary judgment for national freight company in multi-plaintiff race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation case in Tennessee State Court.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment for global defense company on sex harassment and discrimination claims in New Jersey state court.
  • Assisted in obtaining reversal of $50 million dollar punitive damage award for a global defense company on age discrimination claim under ADEA in New Jersey Federal court.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment for national shipping company in multi-plaintiff race discrimination, harassment, retaliation case in the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment for personally named individuals employed by government entity on race discrimination and harassment claims filed in Tennessee state court.

Administrative Charges

  • Obtained over ten 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.

*Some of the above representations were handled by Michael prior to joining Haynes and Boone.

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