Bettye is certified as a specialist in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She practices exclusively in management labor and employment law and represents employers in both the public and private sectors. Bettye represents cities and counties across the State of Texas, including employers in the manufacturing, health care, retail, and service sectors.

  • Practice Areasopen

  • Professional Licenses and Educationopen


    • Admitted to State Bar of Texas
    • J.D., DePaul College of Law
    • M.P.A. in Public Administration, University of Kansas
    • B.A. in Government, American University, Washington, D.C.

  • Representative Experienceopen


    • Representing cities in all aspects of civil service, Bettye publishes the Civil Service Reporter, a legal treatise devoted to Texas Civil Service and Arbitration.
    • Training managers and supervisors on effective employment practices.
    • Counseling clients on preventing employee claims and litigation.
    • Investigating employee complaints.
    • Advising clients on all employment related federal and state laws.
    • Assisting employers in preventing unionization of employees.
    • Negotiating meet and confer and collective bargaining agreements and advising on contract interpretation.
    • Litigating and arbitrating complex employment law issues, including constitutional claims and employee wage claims.

  • Publications and Presentationsopen

  • Professional Associations and Membershipsopen


    • State Bar of Texas
    • Ft. Worth Human Resource Management Association, Past-President
    • Texas Municipal Human Resources Association
    • Texas City Attorneys Association
    • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association


  • Honors and Awardsopen


    • TMHRA – Charlie B. Shapard Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)
    • FWHRA – Honorary Member