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Liz Schartz represents management in client counseling and litigation of employment and labor law matters. Her expertise includes litigating discrimination, wage-and-hour, employee benefit, FLSA, and state-law contract and tort claims; counseling employers on sensitive personnel and complex employment law matters; executive compensation, change-in-control, and separation issues; social media and data privacy and security issues; employee classification issues; reductions in force (including WARN Act compliance); conducting workplace investigations; and drafting and litigating non-competition and related covenants. She has an active workplace safety compliance, emergency response, and litigation practice under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act. Liz regularly advises companies on the labor and employment aspects of corporate transactions, including management buyouts. She also represents professional and executive-level employees in negotiating employment and severance agreements and arrangements.

Working with experienced litigation, environmental, and corporate colleagues, Liz brings her employment and workplace safety expertise to bear in devising internal, external, and regulatory responses to high-profile, emergency, or other crisis situations, such as privacy breaches, whistleblowing allegations, environmental or industrial incidents, and employee fatalities.

According to Chambers USA 2015, Liz is “very accomplished and extremely knowledgeable” and wins “particular praise for her OSHA expertise.” She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a member of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Prior Employment

  • Judicial Clerk for the Honorable James K. Logan, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1988-1989

Honors & Affiliations


  • The Best Lawyers In America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Labor and Employment Law, Employment Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment), 2008-2021
  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Labor and Employment – Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans – Design), 2018
  • Chambers USA by Chambers and Partners (Labor & Employment), 2012-2015
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment & Labor), 2004, 2006-2020
  • Top 50 Female Attorneys in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters, 2014


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, 2008-present
  • Editorial Board, Employment Law360, 2010
  • Board of Governors, University of Kansas School of Law, 2001-2004
  • Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Thompson & Knight, 2013-2017
  • Management Committee, Thompson & Knight, 2010-2012
  • Legal Personnel Committee, Thompson & Knight, 2001-2005

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 1988, University of Kansas School of Law; Order of the Coif; Editor in Chief, Kansas Law Review; Phi Kappa Phi
  • B.A., 1985, summa cum laude, St. Mary of the Plains College; Alpha Chi; Kappa Gamma Pi


  • Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas