Kimberly S. Houston

 

Kimberly S. Houston

“I attribute my legal success to cultivating and maintaining successful relationships with my clients and focusing on a resolution that will best meet their needs. Actively listening to my clients, analyzing legal issues and roadblocks, and presenting a concise and well-researched course of action is the roadmap I have found to be successful.”

Kimberly S. Houston
Of Counsel
khouston@cdfirm.com
Phone: (214) 838-3501 Phone
Fax: (972) 332-2306 Fax

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Business Torts
  • Family Law

 

NEWS

Fox News 4 – Dallas: CD Firm’s Kimberly Houston Comments on Twitter Trouble

Feb. 17, 2015 – Fox News 4 – Dallas
Dallas: CD Firm’s Kimberly Houston Comments on Twitter Trouble

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 3, 2014 - WFAA News 8 – Dallas
CD Firm’s Kimberly Houston Comments on Company’s Attendance Policy

 

Kimberly S. Houston is an experienced litigator whose primary legal practice is in the areas of labor and employment law and commercial litigation. Her practice encompasses representation of small and large businesses and corporations, state agencies, nonprofits, and individuals. In addition to litigation, Ms. Houston also provides advice and counsel on matters concerning employment, compliance, audits, ethics, risk management, insurance, marketing, and equity/diversity.

In addition to private practice, Ms. Houston served as Manager & Corporate Counsel for a worldwide restaurant and entertainment chain where she handled the company’s employment and payroll legal matters as well as complex legal issues pertaining to the company’s business operations.  She has also served as counsel for a large university system where she advised and defended the Board of Regents, three campus institutions, and two central administrative offices on a broad array of legal issues, including employment, institutional equal employment opportunity and diversity, civil rights and due process, risk management, insurance, audit, and compliance.

Representative Experience

  • EEO and HR training for clients
  • Preparation of EEO and HR policies and procedures, employment applications and employee manuals
  • Defend against OFCCP audits
  • Advise and counsel HR personnel on various employment issues
  • Defend against agency charges/proceedings and regulatory audits
  • Defense representation: Title VII, covenants not to compete, FMLA, ADAAA, Benefits, Workers’ Compensation
  • FLSA nationwide reclassification of employees for a worldwide restaurant and entertainment chain
  • Nationwide training and implemented new policies for  vacation accrual, “use it or lose it” policies, and payout of vacation upon separation
  • Nationwide training and implemented new policies for final pay upon separation of employment
  • Nationwide training and implemented new policies for meals and breaks for minors and adults and meal waiver agreements for participating states
  • Defend against business contractual disputes
  • Represented trucking companies and insurers in collisions
  • Trucking company compliance with federal motor carrier safety regulations
  • Training and management of I-9 immigration process
  • Successfully defended (complete dismissal) a Texas ISD in a billion dollar qui tam false claims act suit relating to a Medicaid fraud claim
  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for nonprofit organizations

Publications and Presentations

  • University of Texas at Dallas, Guest Lecturer on Federal/State Employment Law Topics, Richardson, TX
  • In-house presentation for client, “Drafting Employment Applications” (Dallas, TX)
    • Requirements to implement the hiring of applicants through the internet
    • Employers compliance with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance programs
    • Criminal & credit background checks and compliance with Fair Credit Reporting Act
    • Employment drug and alcohol testing
    • Review of the federal motor carrier safety regulations in employment applications
  • “Out of the Closet & Into the Courthouse: Evolution of 2nd Generation Sex Discrimination Claims” — Coauthor, case analysis of Title VII and transgender claims
  • “The Social Security Administration’s No-Match Letter: Does ‘No-Match’ Mean No Job?” — Brief analysis of the U.S. Immigration & Custom Enforcement Agency’s new regulation concerning an employer’s legal obligation upon receiving a no-match letter from the SSA
  • The Harmonie Group, Transportation Seminar  (Chicago, IL) — Co-presenter, “Using Mediation and Arbitration Effectively”
  • 24thAnnual Employment Law Conference  (Houston, TX)
    • Co-Presenter, “Cutting Edge Ethics: Tomorrow’s Issues, Today”
    • Coauthor, “Cutting Edge Ethical Issues,” — Analysis of attorney-client and work product privilege issues affecting in-house counsel and in-house counsel’s evidence

Bar Admissions

  • State of Texas, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2008 

Professional Associations

  • Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Attorneys Serving the Community
  • J.L. Turner Legal Association
  • Texas Tech University School of Law Alumni Association Executive Board

Awards and Recognition

  • Rated by Super LawyersHonored by Texas Monthly magazine in 2016 as a “Texas Rising Star”
  • Rated by Super LawyersHonored by Texas Monthly magazine in 2015 as a “Texas Rising Star”
  • Rated by Super LawyersHonored by Texas Monthly magazine in 2009 as a “Texas Rising Star”

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, Southwest Texas State University (now-Texas State University), 1999
  • Juris Doctor, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2004