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I am a trial lawyer dedicated to helping executives and others protect their rights. You worked hard for your position, salary, and benefits (stock, health insurance, etc.), and I'll work just as hard to protect them. Since 1994, our Firm has negotiated thousands of settlements, including severance packages, for executives, "c"-level officers, senior-level management, and others. You will want a seasoned trial lawyer handling your negotiations from the beginning so that you are fully protected in the event you find yourself in litigation -- which is typically an avenue of last resort. You will also want an attorney undaunted by the people trampling your rights. I have taken the depositions of CEOs, judges, mayors, police chiefs, company owners, chairmen of boards of directors, and others who oftentimes act like they are above the law. This experience is a reality check for many when they are called to task under oath and the truth is exposed. Since graduating from South Texas College of Law in 1993, I'd say that, other than negotiating settlements, the cross examination of witnesses (at trial and at deposition) is my favorite thing to do.
Of equal import, our Firm has a great reputation among employment defense lawyers in Texas and across the United States. We have worked hard since establishing the Firm in 1994 to earn and protect our good name, so we know what's at stake when your employer attempts to take yours from you. Although some of our case successes are listed on this web site, feel free to call me to discuss our Firm's specific experience handling cases involving issues such as yours. For example, just recently I won a $3.2 million sexual harassment verdict against a former judge. For that victory, I was named "Litigator of the Week" by Texas Lawyer. I also have the honor of having handled a whistleblower lawsuit involving the City of Houston, Texas, which resulted in what I believe is the largest such jury verdict against the City. My client, Sam Levingston, was awarded in excess of $1.2 million, plus attorney's fees. I have also successfully handled multi-state class action claims against Starbucks and Brinker International. These are not meant to be fully inclusive, nor as guarantees of success, but are a reflection of the commitment I make to each case I accept. Whether your issue involves Sarbanes-Oxley, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, state-enacted whistleblower laws, discrimination, breach of employment contracts, or wage violations (including class actions), I will dedicate the Firm's resources to protect your rights.
Although I was born in Chicago, the fine State of Texas has been my home since 1977. I am licensed to practice law in Texas, and in other federal jurisdictions. If a case involves people or issues in other states, we'll travel or retain local counsel to ensure we are on a level playing field. No matter what you decide, I want you to find counsel with whom you fit. You should select a law firm with deep, relevant experience. Please call or email me so that we can explore whether Shellist Lazarz Slobin, LLP can be of assistance.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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  1. Employment: 70%
    23 years, 940 cases
  2. Business: 20%
    23 years, 450 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    23 years, 211 cases



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Contact info

Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP

11 Greenway Plaza
Suite 1515
Houston, TX, 77046


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199308/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2011
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyer2010
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyer2009
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Texas Rising StarSuper Lawyers2006
Pro Bono AwardTexas Bar Foundation2005
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerShellist Lazarz Slobin LLP1994 - Present
AssociateWatts & Glover LP1993 - 1994
Law ClerkHon. Lamar Mckorkle1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Houston Young Lawyers FoundationFellow2000 - Present
Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember1998 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)Member1994 - Present
Houston Young Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
5th Circuit Upholds Punitive Damage Award$500,000 Award Upheld on Appeal
Jury verdict for $730,000, plus attorney's fees and costs$730,000 jury verdict, plus attorney's fees and expenses
$3.2 Million Sexual Harassment Verdict$3,200,000 Verdict at Trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal Education - Houston, TexasTrying the Non-traditional Plaintiff's Lawsuit2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1993
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyEmployee RightsN/A1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trying the Non-Traditional Plaintiff's LawsuitHow to Try a Lawsuit2011
Expert Testimony in Employment Discrimination and Harassment CasesThe Use of Expert Witnesses2011
Walking the Walk, and Talking the TalkDeveloping an Employment Law Practice1998