Robert Wood has been a Texas trial lawyer since 1993. During that time, he has represented small, mid-sized, and Fortune 100 companies in business and employment litigation matters all over Texas and the United States. He has also advised and represented hundreds of individuals in employment litigation matters.

Wood is especially interested in litigation involving employee mobility; noncompete agreements; and related tort claims such as breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Wood has represented many employers in enforcing noncompete agreements against former employees and ensuring that the employers’ common-law rights are protected. Wood has advised hundreds of individuals who are bound by noncompete agreements on their rights, potential exposure, and best practices for avoiding being sued.

Because of his extensive experience in this area, Wood is able to give both employers and employees not only sound legal advice but also practical experience regarding the best way to handle a particular situation. Sometimes, the only way to deal with a particular situation is to commence or defend against litigation. Other times, a softer approach is called for. Wood is experienced with both approaches.

For several years, Wood has maintained a blog dealing with Texas noncompete agreements and related tort claims: www.texasnoncompetelaw.com.

Wood has also handled litigation encompassing virtually every type of employment claim: race discrimination, national origin discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, retaliation, violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), unpaid overtime, Sabine Pilot, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, and defamation.

Wood has significant trial and appellate experience, having been involved in several jury trials and appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Wood frequently advises employers on best practices in dealing with employee issues, including discipline and employee terminations. Wood drafts employment policies and agreements, including nondisclosure, noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements. Wood also advises employees on how to deal with employers who are treating them unfairly. Wood’s representation of both employers and employees gives him an objective perspective on potential claims and situations.

Wood assists both employers and employees in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating executive and physician employment agreements.

Before starting his own law firm, Wood was a partner in three prestigious Dallas law firms. First, Wood was a partner with Dallas’ Clark, West, Keller, Butler & Ellis, a labor and employment boutique, which was Dallas’ oldest law firm at the time. Later, Wood was a partner in the regional firm of Hughes & Luce. Finally, Wood was a partner in the international mega firm of K&L Gates.

Wood has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2001.  He was named by Thompson Reuters service, and printed in Texas Monthly magazine, as a “Rising Star” from 2006-2009 and a “Super Lawyer” in 2011-2012.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • In theft of trade secrets case, defeated application for temporary injunction sought against three companies and an individual.

  • Obtained judgment against defendants in theft of trade secrets and tortious interference case.

  • Successfully defeated appeal to United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in case involving free exercise of religion (argued before Fifth Circuit)

  • Obtained temporary injunction and temporary restraining order on behalf of healthcare staffing company against former executive

  • Obtained temporary restraining order on behalf of home healthcare company against former salesperson

  • Defeated temporary injunction sought against former Chief Financial Officer

  • Obtained temporary restraining order on behalf of energy company against former high-level employees

  • Defeated temporary restraining order sought against former employees in debt collection industry

  • Obtained temporary restraining order against former employees in the airport shuttle industry

  • Obtained temporary restraining order against former employee in the daycare industry

  • Multiple negotiated settlements on behalf of employers and employees in noncompete cases

  • Multiple negotiated executive and physician employment agreements

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

  • Prosecute and defend breach of contract cases

  • Prosecute and defend breach of fiduciary duty claims

  • Prosecute and defend tortious interference with contract claims

  • Prosecute and defend tortious interference with prospective business relations claims

  • Prosecute and defend misappropriation of trade secret claims

  • Prosecute and defend unfair competition claims

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION

  • Prosecute and defend claims involving non-compete, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements

  • Prosecute and defend claims involving breach of employment agreements

  • Prosecute and defend overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Prosecute and defend discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims

  • Prosecute and defend wrongful termination claims

  • Prosecute and defend claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Texas Rising Star, 2006-2009

  • Texas Super Lawyer, 2011-2012

EDUCATION

  • Baylor University, B.A. 1989 (Member of Glenn R. Capp Debate Forum)

  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D. 1992 (6th in class out of 180 students; Law Review Editor)

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • State Bar of Texas, 1993

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • United States District Courts for Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Given several papers and presentations at American Bar Association meetings on noncompetition agreements, related tort claims, and employee mobility issues.