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Dennis A. Clifford

Partner

Houston
Direct: (713) 225-7473
Fax: (713) 821-0658
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Dennis Clifford is co-chair of the Labor and Employment Department in Houston.  He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he serves as a faculty member with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”).  He is also a former instructor of trial advocacy at the University of Houston Law Center.

Mr. Clifford regularly represents companies in collective and class actions involving claims for unpaid compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act and analogous state laws.  He has successfully defeated class certification in several cases, and his representative cases are frequently cited by practitioners.  He also regularly advises employers on compensation issues, including exempt-status classifications, commission plans, day-rate plans, travel pay, training pay, per diem pay, and pre- and post-shift activities.  Recently, Mr. Clifford has spent considerable time helping businesses assess and comply with the Department of Labor’s revised rules on eligibility for overtime pay.

Mr. Clifford also defends employers against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under state and federal law, including the Texas Labor Code, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, and the Sarbanes–Oxley Act.  He has defeated numerous employment claims in state and federal courts across the country.  He also regularly counsels clients on employment issues, including hiring practices, workplace investigations, drug testing, corrective actions, leave-of-absence issues, and employment agreements, including non-compete and non-solicitation matters.

Dennis Clifford is co-chair of the Labor and Employment Department in Houston.  He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he serves as a faculty member with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”).  He is also a former instructor of trial advocacy at the University of Houston Law Center.

Mr. Clifford regularly represents companies in collective and class actions involving claims for unpaid compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act and analogous state laws.  He has successfully defeated class certification in several cases, and his representative cases are frequently cited by practitioners.  He also regularly advises employers on compensation issues, including exempt-status classifications, commission plans, day-rate plans, travel pay, training pay, per diem pay, and pre- and post-shift activities.  Recently, Mr. Clifford has spent considerable time helping businesses assess and comply with the Department of Labor’s revised rules on eligibility for overtime pay.

Mr. Clifford also defends employers against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under state and federal law, including the Texas Labor Code, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, and the Sarbanes–Oxley Act.  He has defeated numerous employment claims in state and federal courts across the country.  He also regularly counsels clients on employment issues, including hiring practices, workplace investigations, drug testing, corrective actions, leave-of-absence issues, and employment agreements, including non-compete and non-solicitation matters.

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center

    Order of the Barristers;
    Advocate of the Year;
    Byron McCoy Excellency in Advocacy Award

  • University of Houston - Clear Lake

Admissions

  • Texas

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas;
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Affiliations

  • Order of Barristers
  • Committee Member: Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, American Bar Association
  • Council Member: Labor and Employment Section, Houston Bar Association
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Presentations

  • “New Rules for Overtime Pay: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How?,” Association of Corporate Counsel - Houston Chapter, Back-to-School Symposium, Houston, Texas
  • "Data Privacy and Security: Employee Rights v. Employer Responsibilities,” Houston Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section, Houston, Texas
  • "Turbulent Times: Employment Law Issues in the Energy Industry,” Houston Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section, Houston, Texas
  • “Layoffs without Liability: Advanced Strategies for Reducing Headcount,” Seyfarth Client Webinar
  • "Employment Law Traps For The Unwary: Agencies Are Getting Busy," CLE Symposium, Houston Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association, Houston, Texas
  • "Wage/Hour Compliance:  Preventative Measures and Best Practices,” Houston Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association, Houston, Texas
  • “Top Five Wage/Hour Issues Affecting Energy Companies,” Liquid Pipeline Roundtable, Houston, Texas
  • “Energy Employers’ Common (and Costly) Wage & Hour Mistakes,” Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Employment Law Group Seminar, Houston, Texas
  • “Worst Case Scenarios:  Hot Topics In Wage/Hour Law,” Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing, Houston, Texas
  • “Litigating the Metes and Bounds of FLSA Notice Forms,”  Houston Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section, Houston, Texas
  • “Potential Pitfalls for the HR Professional,” VCC Petrochemical Industry Conference, Austin, Texas
  • “Wage and Hour Compliance: Preventative Measures and Best Practices,” Association of Corporate Counsel - Houston Chapter, Houston, Texas
  • “Wage/Hour:  Solutions to Seven Common Mistakes,” Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing, Houston, Texas
  • “Employment Law Update 2011,” Houston Ship Channel – Human Resources Group, Houston, Texas
  • “Overtime Based On Bonus Payments - Irregular Rules And The Regular Rate,” Houston Ship Channel – Human Resources Group, Houston, Texas
  • “Sexual Harassment:  Preventative Measures and Remedial Actions,” Space Center Houston, Houston, Texas
  • “Avoiding The Major Pitfalls Under The Fair Labor Standards Act,” Lorman Education Services, McAllen, Texas
  • “Complex Wage & Hour Litigation:  FLSA Settlements and Department of Labor Supervision,” Seyfarth Shaw Video Conference, Houston, Texas
  • “Complex Wage & Hour Litigation:  Rule 68 Offers Of Judgment,” Seyfarth Shaw Video Conference, Houston, Texas
  • Belt Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly:  Twombly’s Impact On FLSA Pleadings," Seyfarth Shaw Video Conference, Houston, Texas
  • “Employee Handbooks:  Everything You Need To Know To Keep Out Of Trouble,” Lorman Education Services, Houston, Texas
  • “Navigating the Deceptive Trade Practices Act,” The University of Houston Law Center:  The Center for Consumer Law, Houston, Texas

Publications