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Rachel Ziolkowski Ullrich

Rachel Ziolkowski Ullrich

Partner / Dallas

Rachel Ziolkowski Ullrich is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Rachel represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including jury trials, arbitrations and a variety of administrative hearings (EEOC, Texas Workforce Commission, Department of Labor and other state and federal agencies).

Rachel also provides training and counseling services to clients in all areas labor and employment law including employee discipline and terminations, medical leave and workplace accommodation issues, wage and hour issues, policy creation and implementation and labor relation issues.

Rachel routinely advises clients on the creation and enforcement of restrictive covenants such as non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements, including obtaining temporary restraining orders and temporary/preliminary injunctions to prevent departing employees or competitors from violating restrictive covenants or using clients’ trade secrets. She also defends companies unfairly accused of trade secrets misappropriation and related claims.

Rachel has represented companies in a wide range of industries including retail, hospitality, oil & gas, automobile dealerships, assisted living, printing, insurance, manufacturing, aviation, technology and non-profit.
 

Representative Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas – Corpus Christi Division on behalf of a national retailer on claims for FMLA retaliation and interference, disability discrimination, age discrimination and sex discrimination.
  • Obtained dismissal for failure to state a claim in the Western District of Texas – El Paso Division on behalf of a major retailer on claims of race discrimination pursuant to Section 1981.
  • Extensive trial and arbitration experience, most recently having tried a reverse discrimination case on behalf of a major Dallas employer to a unanimous defense verdict.
  • Represents clients in complex employment disputes alleging discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, including drafting, filing, and arguing motions and pleadings in state and federal court.
  • Represents clients before federal and state administrative agencies such as the EEOC and the Texas Workforce Commission, including responding to charges of discrimination and defending unemployment and Pay Day Act claims.
  • Represents clients before the Department of Labor in wage and hour investigations conducted by the Department.
  • Represents clients in wage and hour collective actions claims.
  • Provides counseling and advice to clients on reductions in force, severance agreements and other termination issues.
Honors & Awards
  • "Texas Rising Stars," Super Lawyers magazine
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