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Fred Gaona, III

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  • J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2000
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1995
Bar Admission
  • Texas

Fred Gaona practices Labor and Employment law. He has extensive litigation experience with all types of employment disputes, including claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and numerous state statutes. Fred also handles general litigation matters, resolves non-competition agreement disputes and has experience defending class action and collective action lawsuits and cases in arbitration.

A trained mediator, Fred earned the CALI award for the mediation practicum course at the Ohio State University College of Law, and was a member of the ABA negotiation team. He also holds a certificate in dispute resolution.

Fred frequently speaks on employment law issues, giving presentations on topics including the Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Texas arbitration law and electronic issues in the workplace.

He earned his law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, graduating cum laude.

Related Employment

  • Senior Attorney - American Airlines (2015 - 2016)

Representative Experience

  • Trial experience in a variety of litigation and employment law matters
  • Counsel and represent employers in litigation in employment-related matters including age, race, national origin, disability and sex discrimination charges, and sexual harassment claims, wrongful termination suits, defamation actions, family leave issues, employee benefits, health and safety matters, and wage-hour disputes
  • Representation pertaining to misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair and non-competition matters, managed care litigation, and contract disputes
  • Represents corporate clients in arbitrations brought pursuant to collective bargaining agreements
  • Counsel and represent businesses in litigation including all areas of general litigation such as breach of contract cases, collection cases and premises liability
  • Frequent speaker on labor and employment issues
  • Frequently trains executives and managers on compliance issues related to labor and employment law
  • Successfully represented corporate client on appeal before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

Publications & Presentations

  • "The Digital Workplace," South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference, July 2013
  • "The Rise of Social Media," South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference, June 2012
  • "The Emerging Hispanic Workforce - From I9s to English Only Rules and Beyond," Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, November 2010
  • "Hot Topics in Employment Law," Texas Minority Counsel Program, September 2010
  • "Sex Discrimination: It Ain't 1964," South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference, July 2010
  •  "Changing Demographics & Emerging Populations in Employment Law," State Bar College Summer School Program, July 2009
  • "Ex Parte Communications: Can You or Can't You," South Texas College of Law Advanced Employment Law Seminar, July 2009
  • "Making an Offer They Can't Refuse - Setting Fees & Other Office Management Issues," Dallas Minority Attorney Program, April 2009
  • "Electronic Discovery in Employment Law Cases: New Rules, New Tactics, New Duties," University of Houston Advanced Employment Law Seminar, December 2008
  • "Hot Topics in Employment Law," Texas Minority Counsel Program, October 2008
  • "Have Employment Arbitration Agreements Had Their 15 Minutes of Fame?," South Texas College of Law Advanced Employment Law Seminar, July 2008
  • "Attacking and Defending Arbitration Clauses: Both Sides of the Battle," South Texas College of Law Advanced Employment Law Seminar, July 2007
  • "Determining Who Is Covered Under the ADA and What They Are Entitled To," Lorman, 2007
  • "The FMLA's Job Restoration Rights and Retaliation Claims," Lorman, May 2006
  • "Electronic Issues in the Workplace," University of Houston Advanced Employment Law Seminar, April 2006

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Employment Law Section
  • Board of Directors of the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation (2012-2013)
  • Co-Chair of the Texas Minority Counsel Program (2011-2012)
  • Board of Directors for the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (2009-2010)
  • Elected Secretary of the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas (2008-2009)
  • Notre Dame Club of Dallas


  • Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year award (2016)
  • Texas Super Lawyer (2014)
  • Texas Super Lawyer "Rising Star" (2007-2012)