Phone: 281.296.3883

Alan Bush

Alan Bush counsels business leaders. He focuses on labor and employment law, often litigating disputes against employees. Alan also helps businesses with HR policies. He emphasizes the areas where solid HR work returns the greatest impact on competitive edge and working capital.

Super Lawyers has named Alan to its Rising Stars list for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Rising Stars is a Thomson Reuters attorney rating service.

Alan speaks and writes extensively to share his hands-on experience. Besides talking for HR Southwest and the Gulf Coast Symposium, the Houston CPA Society named him Speaker of the Year 2010-2011. He has also spoken for The Woodlands and Montgomery County Bar Associations. Alan is a guest columnist for The Houston Business Journal and Texas Lawyer. Finally, the Corporate Counsel Review has published two of his articles on trade secrets.

After work is done, Alan enjoys boxing, running, live music and backyard grilling. He loves his gorgeous wife and two girls. Alan still struggles to figure out how his girls can beat him in riding a mechanical bull.

Alan takes the long view. He has written for Texas Lawyer about his day on an oil rig, real-deal boxing match for charity, past life as a plaintiff’s lawyer and campaign manager work for his wife. They’ve all taught him important lessons.

REPRESENTATIVE
EXPERIENCE

  • Defended several overtime collective actions against oilfield service companies to favorable resolutions.
  • Prosecuted a trade secret theft claim for a public E&P company to an agreed permanent injunction that keeps an ex-employee out of a core play.
  • Ex-employee stole a client’s design for capital industrial equipment, so Alan prosecuted a trade secret lawsuit to a successful resolution.
  • When an ex-employee took a client list, Alan secured a temporary restraining order that kept him away from the clients.
  • Faced with an ex-employee who had stolen a client’s business secrets and was starting a competing business in a key foreign market, Alan quickly secured a temporary restraining order and negotiated a permanent order keeping the ex-employee out of that market.
  • Representing an ex-employee sued for violating a non-compete, Alan defeated two requests for temporary orders and secured a final summary judgment that exonerated the client.
  • Defended against a non-compete lawsuit filed against a start-up company to a successful resolution that allowed the company to continue pursuing its key markets.
  • Defended against a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit to a favorable settlement.
  • Brokered a settlement for an employer sued by two ex-employees for overtime wages, before they could invite other employees and ex-employees to join the suit.
  • Orchestrated responses to Department of Labor wage and hour audits for several oil patch companies.
  • Defeated an unfair labor practice charge that a Chicago union filed against a midstream energy service company.
  • Drafted employee handbooks with an eye towards limiting exposure under state and federal employment laws.
  • In a fiduciary duty dispute, defeated a temporary injunction request that would have shut down the client’s business operations.
  • Prosecuted and defended against fraud and breach of contract claims.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce
Economic Outlook Conference 2012-2013 | Chair and Co-Chair

Woodlands Economic Development Partnership
Member since 2014

Leadership Montgomery County
Class of 2007 │ Finance Chair 

Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow since 2014

EDUCATION

Southern Methodist University
Dedman School of Law │ Class of 2003
SMU Law Review│ Article Editor
Class Rank │ Top 5%

Texas A&M University
Mays Business School │ Class of 2000
Freshman Orientation (“Fish Camp”) Counselor


Alan's Thought Leadership:

NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS & TRADE SECRETS

OVERTIME LIABILITY

MANAGEMENT COACHING

UNION RELATIONS & AVOIDANCE

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION