Bryan P. Neal

Bryan P. Neal

Employment and Labor Practice Leader |
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Employment and Labor Practice Leader

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Bryan Neal focuses his practice on employment and labor law, civil appellate law, school law, and civil rights matters, including Americans with Disabilities Act Title III public-accommodation issues arising in various contexts. He represents management in employment and labor law matters in all aspects of administrative, trial, and appellate work, as well as counseling. Bryan also handles civil appellate matters in all areas and represents public and private schools in various matters.

Bryan is Board Certified in both Labor and Employment Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Selected Matter Descriptions

  • Represented national railroad company in defeating nationwide subpoena issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Represented State Fair of Texas in constitutional challenge to rule prohibiting distribution of religious or other literature on fairgrounds; court ruled in favor of State Fair following bench trial; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed and held that State Fair of Texas was a private event not subject to constitutional restrictions

  • Represented pharmaceutical client in an employment-discrimination case before the El Paso Court of Appeals and obtained a reversal of a jury verdict and rendition of judgment in the client's favor

  • Represented wireless phone company in "Sabine Pilot" wrongful discharge case before the Corpus Christi-Edinburg Court of Appeals and obtained a reversal of a jury verdict and rendition of judgment in the client's favor

  • Represented national railroad company in proceedings before federal district court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving the determination of whether federal jurisdiction is appropriate in cases seeking judicial review of discrimination decisions reached by state agencies, thus permitting out-of-state railroads to obtain review by federal courts rather than local courts

  • Represented educational publisher in employment discrimination action alleging race and national origin discrimination and retaliation; court granted summary judgment dismissing all claims

  • Represented educational publisher in lawsuit seeking allegedly unpaid commission; court granted summary judgment, agreeing with the publisher that the commission were not legally owed

Selected Appellate Court Decisions

  • EEOC v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, 669 F.3d 1154 (10th Cir. 2012)

  • Rundus v. City of Dallas et al., 634 F.3d 309 (5th Cir. 2011)

  • BNSF Ry. Co. v. O'Dea, 572 F.3d 785 (9th Cir. 2009)

  • Cingular Wireless, L.L.C. v. Lee, 2009 WL 866796 (Tex. App. — Corpus Christi 2009, pet. denied)

  • Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. v. Martinez, 296 S.W.3d 634 (Tex. App. — El Paso 2009 no pet.)

  • City of Arlington v. Matthews, 226 S.W.3d 417 (Tex. 2007)

  • In re Mission Hosp., Inc., 2007 WL 3026604 (Tex. App. — Corpus Christi 2007, orig. proceeding)

  • EEOC v. Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co., 211 Fed. Appx. 682, 2006 WL 3423483 (10th Cir. 2006)

  • Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Ry. Co. v. White, 548 U.S. 53 (2006)

  • In re BNSF Ry. Co., 2006 WL 3239954 (Tex. App. — Beaumont 2006, orig. proceeding)

  • Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School Dist., 180 S.W.3d 903 (Tex. App. — Dallas 2005, no pet.)

  • Purdin v. Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp., 143 S.W.3d 290 (Tex. App. — Waco 2004, no pet.)

  • In re Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Ry. Co., 99 S.W.3d 323 (Tex. App. — Fort Worth 2003, orig. proceeding).


  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Litigation-Labor & Employment Law); 2012-2019

  • “Recommended Attorney,” The Legal 500 US by Legalese (Labor and Employment: Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions) – Defense); 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment & Labor, Appellate, Civil Rights/First Amendment); 2003-2004, 2008-2018

  • 2015 Client Choice Winner (Employment & Benefits - Texas), Lexology

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, American Bar Association; Labor and Employment Law, Appellate Law, and State and Local Government Law Sections

  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Appellate Practice and Advocacy and Labor and Employment Law Sections

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Appellate Section; Employment Law Section

  • Member, Civil Appellate Law Advisory Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, Employment Law and Appellate Advocacy Committees

  • Member, Pre-Law Advisory Council, The University of Texas at Dallas

  • Member, Practical Law Company, Advisory Board, Litigation