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Board-Certified in Labor and Employment Law, Daniel “Danny” Ramirez represents public and private employers in labor, employment, and immigration matters. Danny’s successful track record includes advising businesses on human resources issues, representing employers during government investigations, and defending restaurants, large public companies, and community colleges in litigation and arbitration. He regularly represents companies during high-stake ICE raids and helps them implement Form I-9 best practices. Danny’s clients include numerous McDonald’s franchisees, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston Community College, and Fircroft, one of the largest technical staffing companies in the world.

As an alumni of The University of Texas Law School, Danny is a Board Certified Labor & Employment attorney that has been repeatedly honored with the title of Super Lawyer. Danny’s unique skill set allows him to aggressively defend his clients in litigation, while maintaining a strategic focus on the client’s best interests. Danny understands that litigation can create a substantial expense and distraction for many of his clients. Danny’s client-centric approach allows him to promptly identify his client’s needs and work towards obtaining swift, favorable resolutions when necessary. Clients value that Danny is an experienced litigator that is able to offer proactive counseling and cost-effective solutions.

A 2nd generation U.S. Navy service member, Danny’s professional life and community activities reflect his commitment to service and hard work. Danny previously chaired the Harris County Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission and served as president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, where he continues as a Board Member. Danny has been awarded a Certificate of Special U.S. Congressional Recognition for his work on behalf of military families. He is an alumni of Leadership Houston and is often on a baseball diamond coaching his sons’ Little League teams.

Work Accomplishments

Wage and Hour Litigation

  • Defend companies in complex overtime and minimum wage lawsuits in state and federal court
  • Defended employers in wage and hour litigation in federal courts by precluding collective actions and minimizing liability
  • Drafted employment policies and arbitration agreements to circumvent collective actions in wage and hour lawsuits

Representing Employers in Discrimination Claims

  • Successfully tried to jury verdict lawsuit involving disability and gender discrimination under Title VII and workers’ compensation retaliation
  • Obtained summary judgment in a lawsuit involving gender and age discrimination under Title VII and Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Defended employer in a sexual harassment, assault and retaliation case in arbitration
  • Defended employer in arbitration where an employee alleged race discrimination
  • Prevailed in multiple employment litigation in cases where employees sued companies alleging discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination

Representing Public Employers

  • Disposed of lawsuit on behalf of public college in case in which a teacher’s union sought declaratory relief in relation to employee grievance policies that allegedly failed to provide due process
  • Managed complex multimillion dollar federal whistle blower (qui tam) litigation from inception to dismissal on behalf of public employer

Government Investigations (DOL, EEOC, and ICE)

  • Represented employers during ICE enforcement raids and notice of inspections
  • Represented employers in complex Department of Labor investigations involving potential million- dollar liability and resolved cases in best interests of employers
  • Managed EEOC cases for employers
  • Implemented immigration compliance initiatives in conjunction with AUSA non-prosecution agreements and implemented Form I-9 audits and training to prevent liability and eliminate ID fraud issues

Human Resources Consulting, Non-Competes & Terminations

  • Implemented non-competition and confidentiality agreements to ensure employers’ interests are protected
  • Drafted employment policies and arbitration agreements to circumvent collective actions in wage and hour lawsuits
  • Implemented immigration compliance initiatives in conjunction with AUSA non-prosecution agreements and implemented Form I-9 audits and training to prevent liability and eliminate ID fraud issues

Representing Employers in Workers’ Compensation and Nonsubscriber Cases

  • Successfully tried to jury verdict lawsuit involving disability and gender discrimination under Title VII and workers’ compensation retaliation
  • Effectively managed and resolved non-subscriber pre-suite and lawsuits on behalf of client

Union-Related Cases

  • Disposed of lawsuit on behalf of public college in case in which a teacher’s union sought declaratory relief in relation to employee grievance policies that allegedly failed to provide due process
  • Represented clients in NLRB charges and hearings

Federal and State Court Litigation and Arbitrations

  • Represented clients both as a plaintiff and defendant in non-compete and non-solicitation litigation (TROs and Injunctions)
  • Defended employer in a sexual harassment, assault and retaliation case in arbitration
  • Defended employer in arbitration where an employee alleged race discrimination

Certifications

  • Board Certified — Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Education and Professional Background

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2002
    • Articles Editor, The Review of Litigation
    • Associate Editor, Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy
  • University of Texas at El Paso, B.A., 1998
  • Summer Law Clerk to The Honorable David Briones, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division, Summer 1999
  • District Office of Congressman Silvestre Reyes, Military and Veterans Caseworker, 1995–1998
  • U.S. Navy and Reserves, 1993–2001

Awards and Recognitions

  • Super Lawyer, 2014-Present
  • Texas Rising Star in Employment and Labor Law by Texas Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly, 2010, 2011 (Front Cover Story), 2012, and 2013
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston-President’s Award, 2011, 2012
  • The University of Texas School of Law Peregrinus Consul Award, 2002
  • Certificate of Special U.S. Congressional Recognition, 1999
  • U.S. Naval Reserves Meritorious Medals, 1996, 1999

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
    • President, 2012–2013; President Elect, 2011–2012; Treasurer, 2010–2011
    • Board of Directors, 2008-2009, 2014-Present
  • Chairman of the Harris County Sheriff ’s Civil Service Commission, 2013–2015; Commissioner, 2010-2012, 2016-Present
  • Leadership Houston, Class of 2011–2012
  • Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • National Hispanic Bar Association, 2009–Present

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Admitted to Practice

  • State Courts of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Speaking and Training Engagements (Presented in English and Spanish)

  • Employment Update: 2016 Laws that Affect Your Business – Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, 2016
  • Form I-9 Audit & Best Practices Training – Client training, 2016
  • FMLA Master Class Wage and Hour – Business & Legal Resources (BLR), 2016
  • Annual Management Conference: Employment & Labor Update – Client training, 2016
  • Title VII and Relation HR Update – HR Houston, 2016
  • Shortchanging Your Employees? Common FLSA Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them, SHRM 2015 Gulf Coast Symposium
  • Sexual Harassment Avoidance, Texas Tire Dealer Association, 2014
  • Stopping Plaintiffs’ Wage & Hour Attorneys in Their Tracks; And Settling Wage & Hour Claims, National Employment Law Council, 2015
  • Avoiding Wrongful Discharge Claims, Blakeman & Associates, 2014
  • Immigration Compliance & I-9 Audits: Tips for Employers on How to Avoid Being “ICE’d,” Blakeman & Associates, 2014
  • Training Managers About Unions (Spanish), Client training, 2016
  • FLSA Compliance — Who Is Really Exempt From OT?, SHRM 2014 Gulf Coast Symposium
  • Trends & Patterns Regarding ICE Investigations and I-9 Compliance, Client training, 2015
  • FMLA Changing with The Times, Texas Restaurant Association, 2014
  • Immigration Compliance and Employment Law Interaction, National Employment Law Council, 2013