Gayla C. Crain
Of Counsel

Gayla C. Crain has more than 40 years of experience in Labor and Employment Law and Litigation. Crain counsels and represents public and private employers, including non-profits, in a diverse range of industries from healthcare to manufacturing. Her extensive experience before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals includes complex employment and business litigation disputes. She is experienced in multi-plaintiff and class actions and injunction proceedings and in resolving disputes short of litigation. She often conducts internal investigations and presents supervisory training for clients on discrimination issues including sexual harassment.

In 2008, Crain co-founded a certified women-owned law firm in Texas, known as Crain Wilson, pllc, which was selected as one of the top ranked law firms in the United States by Martindale-Hubbell® in 2014. Only 2,446 firms have achieved this ranking.

Characterized by many clients as a “warrior” on their behalf, Crain is regarded for her energetic, practical approach grounded in a thorough understanding of her clients’ businesses. She is a frequent speaker and author on labor and employment law.

Representative Experience
  • Counsel and 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, affirmative action issues for government contractors and wage-hour disputes
  • Representation pertaining to misappropriation of trade secrets, non-competition matters, managed care litigation, contract disputes, and qui tam litigation
  • Advice and representation pertaining to Sarbanes-Oxley issues and numerous state whistleblower statutes, partnership and shareholder relations
  • Preparing and arguing appeals before both federal and state appellate courts
  • Frequent speaker on labor and employment issues
  • Frequently trains executives and managers on compliance issues related to labor and employment law
Thought Leadership / News
June 15, 2017 
 Speeches and Presentations
Employment Law for Church Business Administrators
The Church Network Certification for Business Administrators
March 2010 
 Speeches and Presentations
Update on Employment Law
Southern Baptist Business Officers Conference
November 2009 
 Speeches and Presentations
Social Networking and EU Data Presentation
Panelist, NAWL GCI Institute
October, 2009 
 Speeches and Presentations
Contingent Workforce Challenges: Balancing Risks & Business Needs
2009 HR Southwest Conference
Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • 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 – 2019)
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines (2006 - 2018)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Education
  • Ph.D., Dallas Baptist University, Honorary Degree (1995)
  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law (1974)
  • B.A., Baylor University (1972)
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Texas