Haynes and Boone’s Karen Denney Named 2012 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County


FORT WORTH – Karen Denney, a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP, has been named the 2012 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County by the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association. The prestigious honor has been given for her commitment to and leadership in pro bono work, as well as for her service to the local bar and involvement in the community. 

“We are excited for Karen and congratulate her on this much-deserved honor,” said Brian Barnard, administrative partner for the Fort Worth office. “Karen has contributed a great deal to our firm and clients since she began her career clerking at the firm in 2001, and will undoubtedly continue to do so in the future.”

Recently, Denney led a Haynes and Boone team that, along with American Airlines, was honored by Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT) with the 2011 Outstanding Law Firm of the Year Award for its collaborative work to take pro bono cases and provide quality civil legal representation to deserving low income clients. Over a one-year span, LANWT referred more than 12 cases, most of which were represented by a Haynes and Boone attorney with an American Airlines attorney serving as co-counsel.
Denney will receive her award at the Tarrant County Bar Association Law Day Dinner on May 3. As a result of her win in Tarrant County, she will also be nominated for the Texas Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

At Haynes and Boone, Denney represents clients in employment litigation and arbitration matters involving a variety of claims, including claims involving 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 Texas Workforce Commission and the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission, in addition to parties in numerous employment arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

She frequently counsels employers on various issues concerning hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, investigating harassment and discrimination complaints, and covenants not to compete, in addition to performing public seminars on assorted employment law topics.

Denney was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in 2006, and again in 2008-2011. In addition, she has been chosen by her peers as one of Fort Worth’s ‘Top Attorneys’ in Labor and Employment in Fort Worth, Texas magazine the past three years.


About Haynes and Boone


Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With more than 525 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal. The firm has been named one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2011) and recognized as a “Top 20 Law Firm” for culture and for diversity with respect to both women and minorities (Vault, 2012).



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