Gayla C. Crain
Of Counsel

Having spent 10 years as in-house counsel for two Fortune 500 companies, I know how important the relationship is between an attorney and a client. That's why I work to understand the client's business, understand the expectations of the client and work efficiently to bring a matter to a successful conclusion, whether a settlement, jury verdict or judgment.

Gayla Crain is a seasoned litigator and counselor to employers of all sizes, from Fortune 500 to small businesses, around the country. Her experience includes trying cases in state and federal courts, resolving disputes through arbitrations, conducting investigations and audits, providing workplace training and addressing day-to-day workplace problems. Gayla also represents numerous religious organizations around Texas and in other states and provides unique counsel on employment issues impacted by religious liberty and the First Amendment.

Gayla has been successful for her clients in litigation and arbitrations involving all types of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wrongful termination, theft of trade secrets, and disputes involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. She also has unique and substantial experience in defending multi-party and class action litigation and resolving Department of Labor audits, primarily involving FLSA wage and hour claims.

Thought Leadership / News
June 15, 2017 
 Speeches and Presentations
Employment Law for Church Business Administrators
The Church Network Certification for Business Administrators
February 2017 
 Speeches and Presentations
The Business of Ministry: Employment Law for Church Leaders
George W. Truett Seminary, Baylor University
March 2010 
 Speeches and Presentations
Update on Employment Law
Southern Baptist Business Officers Conference
Honors
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Employment Law Management and Labor & Employment Litigation (2015 – 2020)
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) as published in Texas Monthly (2006 - 2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Organizational Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Attorneys Serving the Community
Education
  • Ph.D., Dallas Baptist University, Honorary Degree (1995)
  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law (1974)
  • B.A., Baylor University (1972)
Bar Admission
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Being a grandmother
  • Spending time at my ranch with family and friends