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
Hourly ($200-350/hour), Contingent (30-50%), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)
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
|TX||Not Eligible to Practice - Discipline||1982||05/03/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Who's Who in American Law||Marquis Who's Who in American Law||2010|
|San Antonio's Best Lawyers||Scene in SA Magazine||2010|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Texas Super Lawyers||Texas Super Lawyers||2010|
|Who's Who in America||Marquis Who's Who in American Law||2009|
|San Antonio's Best Lawyers||Scene in SA Magazine||2009|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Texas Super Lawyers 2009||Texas Super Lawyers||2009|
|Who's Who in America||Marquis Who's Who in American Law||2008|
|Board Certified, Labor & Employment Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||1998|
|Managing Shareholder||Harkins, Latimer & Dahl||1997 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|NELA San Antonio Chapter||President||1999 - 1999|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1997 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Section||member||1995 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||1982 - Present|
|San Antonio Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Texas Employment Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Workers' Compensation Update||CLAIM PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT||2009|
|Employment Discrimination Law (treatise||Chapter editor, Litigation Procedures||2001|
|Employment Discrimination Law (treatise)||Chapter editor, Litigation Procedures||2000|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||N/A||LL.M - Master of Laws||1986|
|University of Texas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|Southwestern University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1976|
|New School for Social Research, New York||Philosophy||N/A||N/A|
|Texas Workers Comp Forum||Interplay between Workers Comp, ADA and FMLA||2009|
|Employment Law Seminar||Arbitration in employment law||2005|
|Advanced Labor & Employment Law||Title VII, §1981 and ADEA - Nuts and Bolts||2002|
|Suing and Defending Governmental Entities||Employment Law Plaintiff Perspective||1999|