Sheila heads the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group and assists employers with all aspects of labor and employment law. Her practice focuses on counseling employers on the legal issues and strategic decisions involved in personnel decisions, auditing employment practices for legal compliance, and conducting internal investigations of employee complaints.

Sheila also reviews policies, conducts management training, defends employers in administrative proceedings, investigates and negotiates demands, and defends clients throughout the employment litigation process.

Sheila is a frequent speaker and published author on employment-related issues. Sheila uses a direct approach and gives practical advice to help employers deal with personnel issues and employment regulations, so they can focus on their core business.


  • Practice Areasopen

  • Professional Licenses and Educationopen


    • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (1988)
    • Admitted to U.S. District Courts for Western, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
    • J.D., University of Arizona College of Law, 1987
    • B.A., University of Arizona, 1983


  • Representative Experienceopen


    • Advising and counseling public and private sector employers on personnel decisions and strategy
    • Conducting workplace investigations, including ethics violations and complaints of harassment and discrimination
    • Auditing management practices, personnel forms, policies and procedures, and providing legal interpretations on employment-related matters
    • Drafting and reviewing personnel policies, forms, agreements, and affirmative action plans
    • Conducting training on employment law, workplace harassment, investigations, ethics, litigation and union avoidance and good management practices
    • Responding to demand letters, including investigating claims, advising, and negotiating on behalf of employers
    • Defending employers in employment litigation and appeals
    • Enforcing and defending trade secret, non-compete, and executive compensation agreements, and other employment-related business disputes
    • Representing employers before government agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Texas Commission on Human Rights (TCHR), the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA and MSHA), the National Labor Relations Board, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Texas Workforce Commission, and local civil service boards. Representation includes preparing position statements, handling audits, negotiating at mediations and defending employers at agency hearings


  • Publications and Presentationsopen


    • “Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era” Presented to the Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) Conference, 2018
    • “Employment Law Update” Presented to the Texas City Attorneys Association Conference, 2018
    • “Legal Liabilities in Community Supervision and Corrections Departments” Presented to the New Chiefs Development Program, 2018
    • “2018 Guide to Workplace Law” Presented to the Certified Public Managers (CPM) Conference, 2018
    • “Emerging Issues in Employment Law: Sex and Tweets Galore” Presented to Texas Assoc. of Regional Councils (TARC) Conference, 2017
    • “An Update on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Discrimination: Trends, New Laws and Claim Avoidance” Presented to the Texas Municipal Human Resources Assoc. (TMHRA) Conference, 2017
    • “High Level FMLA: The Questions that Stump the Experts” Presented to the Texas Assoc. of Counties (TAC), County Management & Risk Conference, 2017
    • “Dealing with Difficult People” Presented to the Texas Probation Assoc. (TPA) Conference, 2017
    • “Could a Tweet Put You Out on the Street?” Presented to the Texas Municipal Human Resources Assoc. (TMHRA) Civil Service Workshop, 2017
    • “Fair Labor Standards Act” (webinar) Presented to the Texas Municipal League, 2016
    • “Workplace Violence” Presented to the Texas Bar Advanced Government Law Course, 2016
    • “Employee Drug Testing” Presented to the Texas City Attorneys Assoc. Conference, 2016
    • “Social Media in Criminal Justice” Presented to the Texas Probation Assoc. (TPA) Conference, 2016
    • “Conducting Legal & Effective Internal Investigations in the Government Workplace” Presented to the VG Young School for HR Professionals, 2016


  • Professional Associations and Membershipsopen


    • Texas Bar Association
    • Austin Bar Association
      – Employment Law Section


  • Honors and Awardsopen


    • One of five percent of Texas lawyers Selected for inclusion by Thomson Reuters in Super Lawyers Texas: 2012-2014


  • Personal Profileopen


    Sheila’s path to the law was fairly typical – her mother said, “Since you’re so good at arguing, you may as well go to law school so you can earn a living at it.” Sheila’s clients (and family) know she took this advice to heart. Sheila won Best Speller in the fourth grade, an accomplishment she’s still proud of today. She and her husband, Stephan, have raised two amazing and independent daughters, Kate and Allison.