Stephen is a labor and employment attorney on the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources team. He has assisted clients in the energy industry for 29 years as a labor and employment lawyer. Stephen develops long-term relationships with corporate clients in order to provide effective advice for preventing workplace disruption and maximizing workforce productivity. He focuses on the human element that is involved when advising employers on employee matters, whether it is anticipating the impact of an action or identifying possible motivating factors that would lead to a claim against a client, enabling him to provide tailored advice for each situation.
Stephen advises clients on all types of employment matters, including discipline and discharge issues; work place safety; compliance with employment laws and regulations; and labor issues, including union avoidance, negotiations, contract interpretation, grievances and NLRB cases. He prepares collective bargaining, employment, noncompetition, nondisclosure, non-solicitation and physician contracts, as well as employee handbooks, policies, codes of conduct, arbitration programs, compliance programs and protection of trade secret programs. He also conducts training for management and human resource professionals on avoiding employment lawsuits, compliance with employment laws, respect in the workplace, effective supervision and supervising a union workforce. Stephen is an experienced litigator, defending employers in federal and state courts, during administrative law proceedings, and in labor arbitrations and governmental investigations on a full range of employment and labor matters. In addition, he has prosecuted former employees and competitors for breach of noncompetition agreements, employment agreements and fiduciary duties, and for theft of trade secrets and employee raiding.
Stephen also does a significant amount of pro bono work each year, which has granted him membership into the State Bar of Texas’ Pro Bono College. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Stephen practiced with Brown McCarroll.