I enjoy litigating labor and employment cases in federal and state court, where my strong written and oral communication skills have a big impact on the outcome. I can distill complex ideas and prepare a concise and persuasive argument that focuses the court’s attention on the real issues at stake in the case. In providing employment advice to my clients, I work diligently to understand their business and how their employees operate within the business to ensure that every aspect of applicable laws are considered and reflected in the advice I provide.
Jake Lewis focuses his practice on resolving a broad range of employment litigation matters, including defense of employers under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and state anti-discrimination laws. He has significant experience handling Department of Labor audits and related litigation involving misclassification of employees and payment of overtime and minimum wage. Jake also prosecutes and defends unfair competition disputes from preliminary injunctive relief through trial, typically involving non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
In addition, Jake advises on best practices for maintaining regulatory compliance to help employers minimize litigation. He guides business owners and human resources professionals through a variety of workplace issues, primarily involving the hiring, firing, investigation, discipline, and compensation of employees. Jake also prepares employee handbooks, onboarding documents, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and severance agreements.
Jake earned his B.A. and M.A., both in political science, from The University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law. While in law school, Jake served as a staff writer for the Washington and Lee Law Review and senior articles editor for the German Law Journal. He also interned for the Honorable Harold R. DeMoss Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.