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R. S. Ghio

Employment and labor Attorney at Arlington, TX

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Rob Ghio

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1993
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Employment discrimination; retaliation; whistleblower; covenants not to compete; disability discrimination; sexual harassment; age discrimination; race discrimination; employer compliance; training.

    31 years

  2. Litigation
    Civil litigation; commercial litigation; breach of contract; real estate litigation

    31 years

  3. Immigration
    Family based visas; employment based visas; H-1B; L Visas; E visas; naturalization; citizenship; asylum

    31 years

Over 21 years of experience representing employers and employees in employment-related matters, civil litigation, and immigration.  


Dismuke & Waters
2000 East Lamar Boulevard
Suite 500
Arlington, TX, 76006
Dismuke & Waters
550 Reserve Street
Suite 290
Southlake, TX, 76092
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Severance Negotiation
I am now at the conclusion of a battle with a former pharmaceutical employer with whom I was laid off in April as a sales representative. The issue started in February when they announced that they would be withholding future commissions in 2016 due to what they claimed as an "overpayment" of my commissions back on Q3 of 2015 in the amount of $15,700. My displeasure with the alleged overpayment (clawback) announcement led me to seek an employment attorney. An attorney friend of mine referred me to Rob. In February, I met with Rob for a consultation, which felt very much like going to a counselor...very therapeutic, but with both practical and legal advice. No action was taken with my then current employer at that time. I decided to keep working hard and look for another job at the same time, before deductions were taken from future commissions earned. Unfortunately, in April, I was terminated and was given a one month severance package. I then met with Rob again and we formulated a plan to: 1) prevent them from collecting on the alleged overpayment, 2) ensure they didn't keep my Q1 commissions as they stated they were going to, 3) ask for more months of severance pay and COBRA, and 4) pay me my unused vacation that was rolled over from 2015. The entire process starting from when the initial demand letter was sent by Rob to my old employer at the end of April, then several back and forth negotiations between Rob and my former employer, and finally my signing the final agreement, took 8 weeks. It then took one month to get paid by my former employer (3 months total before I was paid). In summary, I was initially offered one month salary plus COBRA totaling $11,000 and the end result was: 1) three months salary, 2) forgiveness of the alleged commission "overpayment" of $15,700 in 2015, 3) payment of my Q1 commissions 4) three months of paid COBRA, and 5) payment of unused vacation. The overall severance value went from being initially one month salary of $11,000 PLUS a bill from my old company for the $15,700 alleged commission overpayment, to a severance package amounting to $65,400 (I don't have to repay $15,700 so I included ran as a gain in that total). The government took 33% in taxes, unfortunately. This was a very stressful time for me as a single mother of two boys (one of whom I support at Texas Tech). Most employees would have taken the initial severance offer, but the 3 month turn around time to negotiate a counter offer gained me essentially, $54,400. Rob did a great job crafting a deal with a very complicated scenario, with a company with ruthless business ethics that is also going bankrupt. The fact that Rob was able to get this kind of company to pay out this amount of money is outstanding...a feet I doubt many attorneys could accomplish without going to court. Today was the last day of this battle for me since I was just paid. Unfortunately, it is the beginning of a battle for another friend of mine that was just laid off and whom I have referred to Rob. I highly recommend Rob and will be using him to negotiate a proactive employment contract for me once I am able to secure a job offer from another employer. Best of luck everyone.
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Posted by Curt | October 20, 2011
Very Pleased
I had an employment issue and was referred to Mr. Ghio by another attorney. At the consultation I was able to explain in depth what issues I was experiencing and knew at the end of the meeting I had chosen the right attorney. My overall situation lasted about 4 months. Rob was aggressive and very knowledgeable about employment law. I was very impressed with his level of attention to detail, keeping me in the loop and his diligence and persistence in pursuing my case. I was extremely happy with the outcome and the level of professionalism exhibited by Rob. I would not hesitate to refer my friends and family to him if they should find themselves in need of an attorney.
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Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Dismuke, Waters & Sweet
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of R.S. Ghio, P.C.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Arter & Hadden
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Senior Associate
  • Jenkens & Gilchrist
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Fulbright & Jaworski
  • 1994 - 1999
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  • Stanford Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Marez v. Crescent Processing Company


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Labor and Employment Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English


  • LatinoBiz
  • 5 Steps Towards an Effective Harassment Policy
  • 2004
  • National Law Journal
  • Judicial Policy Making
  • 2002
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • Introducing the Immigration Courts to the United States Constitution
  • 2002
  • Immigration Law Today
  • Hoffman Plastic May Leave Unauthorized Aliens Exposed to Workplace Abuse
  • 2002
  • Compensation and Benefits Review
  • Contingent Workers and Employee Benefits: Do You Know Who Your Employees Are?
  • 2002
  • Texas Lawyer
  • Act’s Iron Fist
  • 2001
  • Texas Lawyer
  • No Easy Way to Move Forward When the World Stands Still
  • 2001
  • Texas Lawyer
  • Legal Loophole Exposes Alien Applicants to Discrimination
  • 2001
  • Dallas Business Journal
  • National Outrage and Its Impact on the Workplace
  • 2001
  • The Texas Labor Letter
  • Embalmers, Garbage Collectors, Etc.: FLSA Update
  • 2000
  • State Bar of Texas 13th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course
  • Fifth Circuit Update and New Trends
  • 1999
  • Texas Lawyer
  • Judicial Restraint Averts a Trade War
  • 1997
  • The Texas Labor Letter
  • Harassment Investigations–Employees Have Duties Too
  • 1997
  • Employee Relations Fast Facts
  • Drafting Enforceable Non-Competition Agreements
  • 1994
  • Stanford Law Review
  • Note: The Iran-Contra Prosecutions and the Failure of Use Immunity
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • HR Southwest
  • “Check Up From the Neck Up For Employers: How Your Attitude Can Get You Sued,
  • 2008
  • HR Southwest
  • “The Walks-Like-A-Duck Test: Is Anyone an Independent Contractor Anymore?”
  • 2007
  • HR Southwest
  • I Spy: Employee Monitoring
  • 2006
  • HR Southwest
  • “In the Melting Pot: Managing Non-Citizen Employees,”
  • 2005
  • DFW AIA Large Firm Roundtable
  • “Employment-based Visas: The 2005 Edition”
  • 2005
  • HR Southwest
  • “Retaliation Claims: The Center of the Storm in Employment Litigation,”
  • 2004
  • HR Southwest
  • “The Rise (or Demise) of Negligence Claims Against Employers,”
  • 2003
  • HR Southwest
  • “Religious Discrimination and Accommodation,”
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I referred a client with a multi-jursidictional employment law matter to Rob. Rob was able to quickly discern the essence of the case, the strengths and weaknesses of the client's legal position, and was able to quickly work to a favorable resolution. At every step of the way, Rob was an effective communicator with both me and the client regarding the legal issues in play, thereby enabling the client to make a well-informed decision as to how best to proceed. I would not hesitate to refer another client to Rob who has employment related issues or questions."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Employment and labor