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James Alfred Southerland

James Alfred Southerland

also known as Alf Southerland, J. Alfred Southerland

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Practice Areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 80%
    29 years
  2. Employee Benefits: 10%
    29 years
  3. Immigration: 10%
    29 years



Hourly ($425/hour), Contingent (30-45%), Pro Bono (5%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Keith Edward Coulter

    I endorse this lawyer, and would not hesitate to go to him with any labor or emplyment issue that my firm or clients might encounter.


    Keith Coulter Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Scott Anthony Brutocao

    I used to work with Alf at a previous firm. Alf is a pro. He understands employment law backwards and forwards, and is great with clients.


    Scott Brutocao Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Shellist Lazarz Slobin, LLP

11 Greenway Plaza
Suite 1515
Houston, TX, 77046


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198609/19/2015
GAActive Member in Good Standing 198611/27/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Labor & Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Board Certified - Labor and Employment LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2013
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerShellist Lazarz Slobin, LLP2012 - Present
ShareholderOgletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart1996 - 2012
PartnerHutchinson & Grundy1994 - 1996
AssociateVinson & Elkins1986 - 1994
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Associated Builders and ContractorsGreater Houston Chapter PAC Committee2008 - 2012
Associated Builders and ContractorsGreater Houston Chapter Counsel2005 - 2012
Associated Builders and ContractorsGreater Houston Chapter Legal Affairs Committee1996 - 2012
American Employment Law CouncilN/A1996 - 2013
Associated Builders and ContractorsGreater Houston Chapter Commercial Committee1996 - 2012
Associated Builders and ContractorsGreater Houston Chapter Industrial Committee1996 - 2012
Associated General Contractors of AmericaHouston Chapter Employment Practices Committee1996 - 2012
Houston Management Lawyers ForumN/A1986 - 1996
Houston Bar AssociationLabor and Employment Law Section1986 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationN/A1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationLabor and Employment Law Section1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1986 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaLabor and Employment Law Section1986 - Present
State Bar of TexasLabor and Employment Section1986 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaN/A1986 - Present
State Bar of TexasN/A1986 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
James Publishing publicationFederal Employment Jury Instructions2013
Texas Association of BusinessFederal EEO Laws2013
BNA Family & Medical Leave Act 2011 SupplementInterference, Discrimination and Retaliation Claims2011
ABA publicationThe Family and Medical Leave Act, 2008 Supplement2008
HGC Houston Cornerstone MagazineTime is Running Out - as the new year approaches, are you scrambling to comply with Section 409A?2007
ABA Labor and Employment Law SectionContributing Author, 2006 Midwinter Meeting Report2006
Employment Law Deskbook for Human Resources ProfessionalsState and Local EEO Laws2000
Prentice Hall publicationNational Origin Discrimination Based upon Accent or Manner of Speaking1987
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University Of TennesseeDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)law1986
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Lunch and LearnSocial Media Impact2013
2011 Breakfast BriefingThe Four-Headed Hydra: An Examination of the Legal Intersection Between GINA, FMLA, ADA, HIPPA and Other Leave-Related Laws2011
Houston Paralegal AssociationIt's Just Facebook: What's the Harm? Social Network and Blogging's Impact on Employment Law2010
How to Conduct an Internal InvestigationHow to Conduct an Internal Investigation1997