David K. Watsky
Lyon, Gorsky & Gilbert, L.L.P.
Attorney, Lyon, Gorsky & Gilbert, L.L.P., 2013-present; Attorney, Gillespie, Rozen & Watsky, P.C., 1990-13; Attorney, Hicks, Gillespie, James, Rozen & Preston, 1988-90; Attorney, McKinley, Dubner, Schutza & Warner, 1986-88.
Over 24 years experience practicing labor and employment law. Represents individual clients, corporate executives, small businesses, and unions in various labor and employment cases, including trials, arbitrations, mediations, appeals, collective bargaining, National Labor Relations Board proceedings and elections, and Railway Labor Act proceedings and elections. Disputes have involved the ADEA, FLSA, Title VII, ADA, ERISA, FMLA, collective actions, torts, personal injuries, non-compete agreements, emergency and injunctive relief, breach of employment contracts, discharge, claims of age, race, gender, national origin, and disability discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, overtime pay, and other employment matters. Works with federal and state agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Texas Workforce Commission – Civil Rights Division, National Labor Relations Board, and United States Department of Labor.
Honors & Recognition:
Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1994. Named by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2003, including Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas in 2012. Also recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006
Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience:
Appointed in 2011 to the American Arbitration Association’s roster of Neutral Arbitrators in Employment Disputes. Has served as counsel in hundreds of employment and labor arbitrations dealing with discipline, termination, discrimination, contract interpretation, promotions, and performance issues. Counsel in hundreds of mediations in employment law disputes, including discrimination claims, non-compete agreements, commission disputes, employment contracts, and other employment law matters.
Admitted to the Bar: Louisiana, 1986; Texas, 1987; U.S. District Court: Northern (1987), Eastern (1991), Southern (2007) and Western (2007) Districts of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals: Fifth Circuit, 1989; U.S. Supreme Court, 1995.
State Bar of Texas; State Bar of Louisiana; Dallas Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Past Chair); National Employment Lawyers Association; Texas Employment Lawyers Association; American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section).
University of New Orleans (BA, Political Science-1983); Tulane University Law School (JD-1986).
Publications and Speaking Engagements:
” Drafting Pleadings and Motions,” Advanced Employment Law, Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas, 2014; “Mediation of Employment Disputes,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hawaii, 2006; “Reductions in Force,” Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2004; Moderator of Judicial Panel Discussion, Dallas Bar Association, Employment Law Section Meeting, 2001; “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” Dallas Bar Association, Employment Law Section Meeting, 1999.
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