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For over eighteen years, federal employee attorney Eric Pines has been a trusted advocate and advisor to federal employees throughout the United States and the world. He is presently located in Houston, Texas. He is a member of the Maryland, California and Texas State Bars. Mr. Pines’ firm represents federal employees from all branches of the U.S. Military (Army, Navy, Air Force) and the VA as well as other federal agencies. Mr. Pines is presently in-house counsel for a number of federal labor unions including: V.A. hospitals in Houston, Las Vegas, Amarillo, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Temple, the Corpus Christi Army Depot and Fort Hood, Texas. Mr. Pines represents numerous Title 5, Hybrid and Title 38 V.A. employees before the MSPB, EEOC, arbitration and Disciplinary Appeals Board. 

As in-house counsel and financial adviser to AFGE Local 1923, the largest federal local in the United States, Mr. Pines successfully represented employees from the following agencies: SSA, DOD (Army, Navy, Air Force), Coast Guard, the VA, Federal Mediation Board, NASA, CMS, HUD, BOP, and OPM. 

He currently represents and provides consultation to employees and labor unions throughout the United States and Europe.


Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 40%
    20 years, 70 cases
  2. Employment & Labor: 40%
    20 years, 150 cases
  3. Workers Compensation: 20%
    2 years



Hourly ($200-450/hour), contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Mr. Eric Pines has my strongest possible endorsement. In a Federal labor matter, he and I were opposing counsel. I found him to be a challenging adversary, but more importantly, he is one of the most ethical attorneys I know. Honest and forthright, Mr. Pines upholds the highest standards of our profession. I now proudly call him a friend.


    Timothy Corrigan
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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    I am attorney who works in the same field as Mr. Pines. I have worked with him on cases and find his work to be top caliber. He has a very broad knowledge of Federal Sector and EEO law. He has unique talents with negotiation and the ability to reach a settlement that can often be a win-win for both sides. He has a very nice rapport with his clients and is well likes and respected by them. I have been at hearings with him and I find his litigation skills to be top notch. I wholeheartedly recommend him with no reservations to potential clients.


    Richard Klein Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201010/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrinicipalLaw Office of Eric L. Pines, PLLC2002 - Present
Associate General CounselAFGE Local 19232001 - 2010
AttorneyUnited States District Court, Central District Of California1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
FLAG - OWCPMember2012 - Present
National Employment Law InstituteMember2011 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
United States District Court for the District ofMarylandMember2005 - Present
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - 2010
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1996 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaN/A1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
AFGE 1923 (Indian Head) vs. Dept of NavySettled for $520,000 with Attorney Fees
AFGE 1633 vs. V.A.Win
Phuoung vs. V.A. (Houston)Win -- 10,000 Back Pay -- Full Attorneys Fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
Stars and StripesCritics: Bill in Congress to fire VA execs may be unconstitutional2014
statesman.comWhistleblower: VA tried to silence and intimidate me2014
www.pinesfederal.comOPM Disability Retirement – FMLA and/or Sick Leave or Tough it Out?2014
Pines Federal BlogDealing with a Wrongly Denied Reasonable Accommodation Request for Telework2012
SSA NewsletterReasonable Accommodation - Medical Parking Worksheets2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)J.D.1995
University of California, Los AngelesHistoryB.A.1992
University of California - Santa BarbaraHistoryN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DHS Worst Place to WorkFederal Employee Work Environment Survey Expert2015
KTRH Houston Radio Interview GuestShutdown Effects Thousands of Federal Employees in Houston2013
Federal EEO TrainingRetaliation and Harassment in the Federal System2012
Federal Retirement SeminarEstate Planning for Federal Employees2010
AFGE Federal EEO TrainingDisability Discrimination in the Federal Government2010
AFGE Steward TrainingEEO Disability Discrimination Training2008