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Lee Winkelman

Lee Winkelman understands that for every legal problem a company faces, there can be a unique business solution. Lee leverages this understanding in drafting HR policies and employment agreements to achieve his clients’ strategic business and risk management goals. Lee also regularly represents employers in EEOC and DOL investigations and in employment disputes before judges, juries and arbitrators. Lee has even served as de facto in-house employment counsel for several companies, advising them on day-to-day compliance and risk management.

Lee regularly writes and publishes on employment law for many organizations and publications, including the Texas State Bar, Houston Business Journal, and the Texas Bar Journal.

Lee practiced at several national law firms before joining The Bush Law Firm. And while Lee focuses on labor and employment law, he also has substantial experience in business, construction and commercial litigation. 

When he’s not working, Lee enjoys time with his wife and two daughters, running and a good round of golf. He also uses his free time to volunteer at Living Word Lutheran Church.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Obtained injunctive relief against former employees and their new employer who absconded with company’s customer information, shutting down the new competing enterprise.
  • 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.
  • Advised Alabama-based construction company on compliance with WARN Act through prolonged large-scale cyclical layoffs.
  • Obtained summary judgment for employers in a number of single-plaintiff lawsuits, dismissing employee claims against employers for illegal discrimination.
  • As part of non-compete overhaul, drafted non-compete agreements for Ohio-based employer that would be implemented nationwide and counseled employer on implementation of those agreements for incumbent and new employees.
  • Defended against reverse discrimination lawsuit to a favorable result.
  • Defended oil and gas company in federal district court litigation brought by over 90 plaintiffs alleging civil rights claims for damages based on alleged oil well ownership and obtained order dismissing all of the plaintiffs claims and requiring plaintiffs to pay company’s attorney fees.
  • Defended maritime construction company in construction dispute and obtained summary judgment, dismissing plaintiffs $80,000,000 fraud claim and $60,000,000 breach-of-contract claim.
  • Obtained injunctive relief on behalf of client during vessel construction process to head off potential costly litigation and bring construction dispute to quick, efficient resolution.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce
Employment Law Update 2015-2016 | Chair and Co-Chair

Woodlands Bar Association           Director Since 2016

EDUCATION

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

University of Texas – Austin
BA in Philosophy (with honors) │ Class of 2000
Texas Exes, Life Member


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