People: Linda C. Schoonmaker, Partner

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Linda C. Schoonmaker

Partner

Houston
Direct: (713) 860-0083
Fax: (713) 225-2340
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Linda Schoonmaker is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw’s Houston office and has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment Law since 1994.  For over two decades, Linda has defended employers in lawsuits, arbitrations and administrative charges brought by employees and governmental agencies throughout the United States. In addition to representing employers in litigation, arbitration, administrative hearings and other methods of dispute resolution involving all forms of discrimination, wage/hour and trade secrets/non-competition claims, Ms. Schoonmaker provides counseling and training to her clients regarding employment policies, state and federal laws impacting the employment relationship and other employment issues. A frequent speaker on various aspects of the employer-employee relationship, Linda has been described in the 2010 edition of Legal 500 as a “highly regarded” labor and employment litigator, and by a contributor to the 2009 edition as " one of the most competent and capable trial lawyers I've ever encountered."  In addition, Linda is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Ms. Schoonmaker provides pro bono employer counseling to various non-profit organizations and is passionate about making a difference in her community.  In 2009, she was recognized by the Houston Texans and the Halliburton Foundation as a “Hometown Hero” for her work in her community.  In February 2012, the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse honored Linda with the Helen Cordes Award for her dedication and commitment to substance abuse prevention in Fort Bend County.  Linda also served as the 2011 President of the Board of Directors of the Fort Bend County Women’s Center (domestic violence programs, shelter and housing) and is a current member of that Board, is a Board member of Achieve Fort Bend County (high school drop out prevention), is a Board member  (and former Board President) of the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, is a member (and former Board member) of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, and serves as an Advisory Council member of the Texana Center (services for differently-abled children and adults).

Linda Schoonmaker is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw’s Houston office and has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment Law since 1994.  For over two decades, Linda has defended employers in lawsuits, arbitrations and administrative charges brought by employees and governmental agencies throughout the United States. In addition to representing employers in litigation, arbitration, administrative hearings and other methods of dispute resolution involving all forms of discrimination, wage/hour and trade secrets/non-competition claims, Ms. Schoonmaker provides counseling and training to her clients regarding employment policies, state and federal laws impacting the employment relationship and other employment issues. A frequent speaker on various aspects of the employer-employee relationship, Linda has been described in the 2010 edition of Legal 500 as a “highly regarded” labor and employment litigator, and by a contributor to the 2009 edition as " one of the most competent and capable trial lawyers I've ever encountered."  In addition, Linda is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Ms. Schoonmaker provides pro bono employer counseling to various non-profit organizations and is passionate about making a difference in her community.  In 2009, she was recognized by the Houston Texans and the Halliburton Foundation as a “Hometown Hero” for her work in her community.  In February 2012, the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse honored Linda with the Helen Cordes Award for her dedication and commitment to substance abuse prevention in Fort Bend County.  Linda also served as the 2011 President of the Board of Directors of the Fort Bend County Women’s Center (domestic violence programs, shelter and housing) and is a current member of that Board, is a Board member of Achieve Fort Bend County (high school drop out prevention), is a Board member  (and former Board President) of the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, is a member (and former Board member) of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, and serves as an Advisory Council member of the Texana Center (services for differently-abled children and adults).

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center
    cum laude
    Order of the Coif
    Publications Editor, Houston Law Review
    Board 25
  • B.A., Syracuse University

Admissions

  • Texas

Courts

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

Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • State Bar of Texas

Community Involvement

  • Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. (2-year term as President and on Board of Directors)
  • Fort Bend County Women’s Center (2011 President and on Board of Directors)
  • Achieve Fort Bend County (Board Member)
  • Exchange Club of Sugar Land (Former Board Member and current active member) Texana Center (Advisory Council Member)
  • Fort Bend Cares (grant committee member)