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Barbara-Ellen Gaffney focuses her practice on the representation of management in all aspects of employment and labor matters. Her experience includes assisting in the defense of clients during EEOC investigations and civil trials and representing employers in negotiations and/or proceedings with the Department of Labor, the EEOC, and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Barbara-Ellen provides advice and counsel to employers concerning employment issues, including strategies for minimizing risks of litigation. She has developed internal policies and procedures for various clients, including drafting and revising employee handbooks and negotiating and drafting employment contracts, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, separation agreements, and independent contactor agreements.

Received a top national ranking for Employment Law-Management in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" 2020

Representative Matters

  • Acted as lead attorney in a complex Fair Labor Standards Act class action lawsuit involving claims for unpaid minimum wage and overtime
  • Assisted in securing summary judgment for clients in both federal and state civil litigation involving Title VII, ADA, FLSA, ADEA, sexual harassment, and retaliation claims
  • Advised multiple business owners on employment eligibility issues arising under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, including an employer’s obligations relevant to its employees’ employment verification (“I-9”) forms and avoiding claims of national origin or citizenship discrimination
  • Assisted with representation of prestigious private university in multifaceted tenure dispute involving defamation and retaliation allegations under Title VII

Honors & Affiliations


  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Young Lawyers Association
  • Board Member, St. Thomas Aquinas Parents Association
  • Past Vice President, Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, 2006

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2003, Baylor Law School; Order of the Barristers
  • B.A., 2000, magna cum laude, Texas A&M University


  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

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