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Dorian Vandenberg-Rodes

Employment and labor Attorney at Houston, TX

4.6   7 reviews

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About Dorian

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I am an attorney and counselor who practices employment law exclusively.  The overwhelming majority of my practice is representing workers and employees who have suffered discrimination in the workplace, wrongful termination, or been subjected to other illegal practices in the workplace. I am passionate about representing my clients, and work hard to tell their stories and see that they are treated fairly under the law. I have successfully prosecuted many discrimination and retaliation actions under federal and state laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and federal and state whistleblower statutes, as well as common law actions for breach of contract and related claims. If you are dealing with harassment or retaliation in the workplace, I will work with you to guide you in taking the right steps to preserve and fight your case and represent you in settlement negotiations, throughout the administrative process, and in court to reach the best result for you.

I have successfully represented clients in litigation matters in state and federal court across Texas. I also routinely represent clients in mediation to negotiate successful case outcomes, including claims arising from unlawful racial and sexual harassment. In addition to the State of Texas, I am licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. I also represent clients before the Department of Labor, including on whistleblower retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and the Texas Workforce Commission. In addition, I have worked on several state- and nation-wide collective actions seeking overtime and minimum wage pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

I am currently Vice President of the Houston chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. I am also a member of other local organizations including the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association.

I received my J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where I joined the Order of the Barons honors society and served as Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review. I also interned with the National Labor Relations Board, the Harris County District Attorney's Office, and the Texas First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals. Before law school, I worked as a violinist and performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony, and various other local and national performing groups and music festivals.

I started working for Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP as a law clerk during my studies at the University of Houston Law Center. After graduation, I joined the firm as an associate and have been fortunate since to work with a team of talented lawyers and support staff who share the same passion and dedication for justice in the workplace. If you believe that you have been wrongly terminated, suffered discrimination on the job, or simply have a question about your rights under the law, please do not hesitate to call or contact my office. I would be happy to speak with you.  

Licensed for 9 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2013
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP
11 Greenway Plz Ste 1515
Houston, TX, 77046-1108


4.6 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Carlos | July 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Dorian was an excellent choice for us after my termination. She took the time to listen to what I had to say and what was most important to us. Once we had agreed that she would be representing me, I had no worries about a swift and just resolution to the case. Dorian kept us informed at every step and also gave us a realistic view as to which way the case could go. She is a hard worker, thorough, and professional. Dorian is who you need representing and advocating for you.
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Posted by Ralph | December 12, 2017
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An outstanding Labor and Discrimination Attorney
Dorian is a consummate professional and everything you’d want, and need, in an attorney of her specialty – thorough, tough, intelligent and immediately responsive to situations as they evolve. She helped immensely in our case and we are totally grateful for the outcome that she made possible. Our highest recommendation.
Posted by Shaunte | November 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Vandenberg-Rodes provided me with excellent service with my discrimination case. Attorney Vandenberg-Rodes made sure that I understood the process from beginning to end. I also felt very reassured about my decision to fight for my rights. I would highly recommend Attorney Vandenberg-Rodes to my colleagues and friends as I was highly satisfied with my results.
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Posted by Nikeitria Mason | November 4, 2017
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Discrimation and Harrasment case
I hired Dorian Vandenberg-Rodes to represent me in a employee harassment and discrimination case against one of my previous employer. Dorian Vandenberg-Rodes did an excellent job in representing me against this company. Dorian was always very professional, honest, understanding, and informative. Dorian always answer my calls and emails. She called me at least once week to let me know how the case was going. As my lawyer she always discussed and provide me all the options that was best for me and my case. Dorian never made any decision regarding my case without discussing it with me and we agreed first. I have and will continue to recommend Dorian to anyone who needs representation against an employer. "exceptional lawyer"
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2017
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Employment and Labor case
Dorian is knowledgeable, punctual, attentive, and compassionate. She was quite open and straight-forward in advising me of my options (of which I was ill-informed) when another attorney might have strung me along. Deeply appreciated.
Posted by Ashley | May 12, 2016
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Gets The Job Done
She was always very informative with me, always letting me know when she heard something or had new news. Most lawyers give you the run around and take what seems like ages to get back to you and half the time you don't even talk to them much and most seem to just drag things on for an unnecessary amount of time. Dorian wasn't like that at all, she new what she was doing and got everything settled quicker than I would have thought and I love how she made everything run so smoothly, it never seemed to interfere with anything I was doing and she was just amazing. I definitely recomend her to anyone who wants there case to get resolved in a quick and easy manner.
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Posted by April | August 19, 2022
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Not a good fit
If you want somebody who has no compassion and lies, this is the lawyer for you. In fact, she was so great, they even filed my case in the wrong court resulting in a dismissal. Truth eventually will catch up to always goes.
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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Shellist Lazarz Slobin, LLP
  • 2013 - Present


  • University of Houston
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2013
  • Rice University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2005
  • University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Music
  • 2002


  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Houston chapter)
  • President
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Houston chapter)
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Houston chapter)
  • Vice President
  • 2019 - 2020
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Houston chapter)
  • Treasurer
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2018
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dorian is committed and diligent, trustworthy and professional. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor
Employment and labor

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Houston Employment and labor Lawyer Dorian Vandenberg-Rodes
Dorian Vandenberg-Rodes
Employment and labor Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 9 years