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Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Born and raised in San Antonio, Mr. Harkins is a 1976 graduate of Southwestern University, where he obtained his B.S. degree, magna cum laude, and was recognized in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.  Before entering law school, he received graduate education in political philosophy at the New School for Social Research.  He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1981.  He subsequently attended the Master of Laws program of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, focusing his studies on federal civil litigation and employment law.


Prior to establishing the firm, Mr. Harkins was a shareholder with Green, McReynolds & Harkins, P.C., and the Kleberg Law Firm.  Mr. Harkins was previously an intern in the Washington Office of Senator Lloyd Bentsen; Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Central Texas; and Assistant Director, Staff Counsel for Inmates, Texas Department of Corrections.  Mr. Harkins practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, employment and labor law (management and labor), with experience in personal injury, employee benefits and bankruptcy.  He also serves as a mediator in civil litigation matters, primarily in employment and school law issues.


Mr. Harkins has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment Law since 1998.  He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas, the United States District Courts, Western, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas and Northern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.


Mr. Harkins is a member of the State Bar of Texas (Civil Litigation, School Law and Employment Law Sections), American Bar Association (Litigation and Labor Law sections), the American Trial Lawyers Association, the San Antonio Bar Association, the Fifth Circuit Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association (President - San Antonio NELA -1999) and the College of the State Bar of Texas. He is AV-rated, the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed in various current and prior year peer-selected lists, including Best Lawyers in America© 2008 and 2009, Texas Super Lawyers© and Best Lawyers in San Antonio©.  Mr. Harkins is a frequent lecturer to attorneys, human resource managers and risk managers on issues of employment discrimination, litigation skills and procedure, work related injury claims and governmental liability for employment law claims.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian

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Practice areas

  1. Discrimination: 20%
    35 years, 100 cases
  2. Mediation: 20%
    19 years, 150 cases
  3. Employee Benefits: 20%
    35 years, 50 cases
  4. Employment: 20%
    35 years, 100 cases
  5. Sexual Harassment: 20%
    35 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($200-350/hour), contingent (30-50%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Michael Vincent Galo Jr.

    I have worked with Thad Harkins on several cases, and he has also served as a mediator in numerous cases in which I have been involved. Mr, Harkins is an outstanding lawyer in every respect.


    Michael Galo Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Thad Harkins on many matters over the past 15 years. He is extremely well-versed in employment and labor litigation matters. Thad is a zealous advocate for his clients and manages to see both sides of the case very well, which provides him with the unique ability to foresee matters before they arise. Thad is a very bright and accomplished attorney and is a real people person. He is a champion for his client's rights in all areas of employment matters. I have recommended clients and family members to him and have received very positive feedback on their experience with him as their counsel and advocate. Thad has a proven track record of winning in the courtroom as well. His experience as a mediator lends even more credibility to his long-standing career and advocacy capabilities. He is simply the best in employment/labor law litigation matters and claims.


    Cookie Munson Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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405 North Saint Marys Street
Suite 242
San Antonio, TX, 78205


TXNot Eligible to Practice - Discipline198201/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2010
San Antonio's Best LawyersScene in SA Magazine2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Texas Super LawyersTexas Super Lawyers2010
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who in American Law2009
San Antonio's Best LawyersScene in SA Magazine2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Texas Super Lawyers 2009Texas Super Lawyers2009
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who in American Law2008
A-V ratingMartindale-Hubbell1998
Board Certified, Labor & Employment LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing ShareholderHarkins, Latimer & Dahl1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
NELA San Antonio ChapterPresident1999 - 1999
American Association for JusticeMember1997 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Sectionmember1995 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1982 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gutierrez v. McAllen Medical Center$200,000 verdict, plus fees/costs
McLeay v. Comal ISD$1,000,000 jury verdict
Smith v. Holley$1,000,000 verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Workers' Compensation UpdateCLAIM PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT2009
Employment Discrimination Law (treatiseChapter editor, Litigation Procedures2001
Employment Discrimination Law (treatise)Chapter editor, Litigation Procedures2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawN/ALL.M - Master of Laws1986
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Southwestern UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1976
New School UniversityPhilosophyN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Texas Workers Comp ForumInterplay between Workers Comp, ADA and FMLA2009
Employment Law SeminarArbitration in employment law2005
Advanced Labor & Employment LawTitle VII, §1981 and ADEA - Nuts and Bolts2002
Suing and Defending Governmental EntitiesEmployment Law Plaintiff Perspective1999