Melissa M. Hensley Senior Counsel

Melissa has a general employment litigation practice and has represented employers in numerous employment law cases in U.S. state and federal courts, focusing on the defense of collective/class actions and individual claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, and state discrimination laws.

She has extensive litigation experience in pregnancy discrimination claims as well as leave cases.

Melissa graduated from the University of San Diego Law School in 1995.

Experience

Represented employers facing wage-and-hour claims, in more than 40 different federal district courts.

Defeated wage-and-hour class certification in multiple federal jurisdictions, including in Alabama, Ohio, Missouri and Tennessee.

Secured more than 20 summary judgments in federal district courts affirming that the executive exemption for overtime pay applies to retail store managers.

  • University of San Diego School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1994
  • University of Oklahoma, BBA, With Special Distinction, 1991

Member, American Bar Association, 1995

Member, Dallas Bar Association, 1995

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, 2014, and Board Member, 2008-2015, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Courts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Courts of Texas
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