Attorneys

Monica Narvaez

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Arbitration/Mediation/ADR
  • Investigations
  • Non-Competes and Trade Secrets
  • Human Resources Compliance and Training

Monica enjoys advising businesses from all industries on labor and employment matters.  She leverages her experience and knowledge as a certified human resources professional to help businesses navigate the most complex employment situations in the hopes of avoiding litigation.  However, she also litigates disputes before the TWC, EEOC, DOL, state and federal courts, and other state and federal regulatory bodies. 

Before private practice, Monica served as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General and defended state and county agencies as well as universities against simple and complex employment disputes before state and federal courts.  She also served as a Human Resources Policy Attorney for the State of Ohio where she wrote laws, rules and policies pertaining to the personnel processes and functions for close to 100,000 employees.  She enjoys working with technology businesses, organizations with multiple offices/locations, and serving as a facilitator to buffer and manage disagreements.

Experience and Expertise

Monica has experience and expertise in the following areas of law:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on sex, national origin, religion, color, and race)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (age discrimination)

Americans With Disabilities Act (disability accommodation and discrimination)

Family and Medical Leave Act

Fair Labor Standards Act (minimum wage and overtime issues)

Covenants Not to Compete and other restrictive covenants

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

Executive Order 11246 (affirmative action planning, reporting and audit defense)

Sarbanes-Oxley Act (whistleblower protection)

Workers Compensation Retaliation

Unemployment Benefits

Employment Contracts

Employment Policies and Procedures

Pregnancy Discrimination

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Article 21 of the Texas Labor Code

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

National Labor Relations Act (NLRB actions and collective bargaining law)

Counseling and Training

A significant portion of Ms. Narvaez’s practice is focused on counseling employers and HR professionals on a daily basis on various labor and employment issues, such as:

  • Employee discipline
  • Sexual harassment investigations
  • Termination decisions
  • Ethics point investigations
  • Employee theft investigations
  • Policy and procedure drafting and interpretation
  • Workplace violence
  • Family leave
  • Accommodation of disabilities
  • Proper classification of employees
  • Employment contracts
  • Payment of wages

She also conducts formal training, including the following:

  • Training managers and supervisors in how to recognize and deal with employment law issues
  • Sexual harassment education - for managers and employees
  • Best practices in employment policies and procedures, including hiring, discipline and termination
  • ADA compliance and coordination with workers compensation and family leave laws

Education And Certifications

J.D., The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law (2003)

L.L.M. Commercial Law, University of Edinburgh (with distinction), Edinburgh, Scotland (2010)

M.B.A., Schiller International University, Paris, France and London England, (1996)

B.S.B.A., The Ohio State University (1992)

  • International Business
  • Human Resources

SHRM-SCP


Admissions

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Ohio

United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio


Affiliations

Member, State Bar of Texas

  • Labor & Employment Section

Fellow, Dallas Bar Association

  • Labor & Employment Section

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Member, Dallas Women Lawyers Association

Member, College of the State Bar of Texas

Member, NAMWOLF (National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms)

Member, National Association of Women Lawyer


Prior Work Experience

Partner, Cowles & Thompson, P.C., Dallas, Labor & Employment defense

Partner, Underwood Law Firm, P.C., Amarillo and Fort Worth, Texas, Labor & Employment plaintiff and defense, healthcare regulatory defense

Policy Attorney, State of Ohio, drafted rules, policies and regulations for government employees

Director of Labor Relations (2 different agencies; 1200-2000 employees)

Assistant Ohio Attorney General, Employment Law Section, Employment Law defense

Assistant Ohio Attorney General, Labor Law Section, Labor and Wage Law defense

Pre-law school:  human resources officer, labor relations officer retail manager


Professional Achievements

Recognized by the Texas Diversity Council as a Top 50 Women Lawyers in Dallas

Recognized by the Turnaround Management Association, Chicago/Midwest Chapter for the small business Turnaround of the Year for 2018