Drew Tipton is the leader of the Employment and Labor team in Houston. For more than 20 years, he has represented management in labor and employment matters, focusing on employment litigation, client counseling and unfair competition.
Drew’s practice includes overseeing significant client relationships for clients whose needs span the legal spectrum. Drew has been lead counsel for labor and employment cases in state and federal courts across the nation.
He also conducts training, advises on all aspects of employment issues, and counsels employers regarding strategies for minimizing employment disputes and potential litigation. He has been board-certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2001.
- Obtained summary judgment in Houston federal court on behalf of a client in the information technology automation industry. A former employee alleged age and disability discrimination as well as claims for unpaid overtime and retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Carbaugh v. Unisoft International Inc., 2011 WL 5553724 (S.D.Tex. 2011).
- Obtained summary judgment in Houston federal court for a leading oil field service company in a case brought by a former employee alleging a hostile work environment and wrongful termination based on race and gender, and retaliation for engaging in a protected activity under Title VII.
- Obtained summary judgment in federal court in Corpus Christi, Texas, on claims brought by a former employee including violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act as well as state law intentional tort claims. Russell v. Degussa Engineered Carbons, 2007 WL 433284 (S.D. Tex. 2007).
- Served as lead counsel in the representation of a client defendant in a theft of trade secret claim in federal court. After expedited discovery, the plaintiff agreed to pay the client a significant amount of money and the court dismissed the claims against the client with prejudice.
- Obtained dismissal of a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against a state district judge, the district attorney and other public officials who were accused of violating the due process rights of a local bail bond company and owner. Boykin v. Kilgore et al, C.A. No. V-99-009, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas – Victoria Division.
- Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas Chapter: Past President, National Delegate and Board Member
- Texas State Bar Association: Employment Law Section
- Houston Bar Association: Employment Law Section
- American Inns of Court
- American Legion
- Marine Corps Association
- J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1994
- B.A., Texas A&M University, 1990
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1994
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1995
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1995
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1995
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