Employers turn to Vista to defend them in state and federal court actions involving race, color, sex, age, national origin and other discrimination claims, sexual harassment claims, whistleblower/retaliation and constructive discharge claims; Family and Medical Leave Act claims; Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions and Texas administrative wage and hour claims; defamation and other employment related tort claims; and breach of non-disclosure, non-competition and non-solicitation claims. She also counsels and trains management on multi-state, federal and international employment practice issues; prepares and reviews anti-discrimination/harassment training programs; audits personnel handbooks, policies and procedures; and advises on reduction-in-force plans and severance/retention plans.
Vista served as a Director of the Dallas Bar Association in 2004 and 2005, and also as President of the J.L. Turner Legal Association, the local African-American bar association, in 2005.
During law school, Vista was awarded the Dean's Achievement Award in Corporate and Securities Law; was named Champion and Best Brief Award recipient of the National Products Liability Moot Court Competition; and, was the recipient of the Lucy M. Moore Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law.
- Published LEXIS opinion of dismissal of preliminary injunctive relief action alleging breech of non-solicitation of customers and non-disclosure claims (2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57272)
- Defense verdict in a whistleblower/retaliation case filed under the Texas Occupations Code alleging constructive discharge; appeal withdrawn
- Defended a local municipality in a race discrimination class action; obtained summary judgment, which was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Defended a large national medical service provider; obtained a Federal Rule 12 dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and improper service of process and recouped approximately $30,000 in attorneys' fees in monetary sanctions
- Defended a large international engineering/research company in a Sarbanes-Oxley retaliatory discharge administrative action before the DOL; obtained settlement favorable to client for less than five percent of the estimated potential damages
- "Q&A with Ford & Harrison's Buena Vista Lyons," Law360's "Top Litigators" Series, June 21, 2011
- "Rule 202 Depositions: A Texas Original," State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, May 12-13, 2011
- "Five Tips on EEOC Responses," South Texas College of Law, 21st Annual Employment Law Conference, July 24-25, 2008
Honors and Awards
- Most Powerful and Influential Women of Texas Award, National Diversity Council, 2012