Meghaan Madriz advises employers of all sizes on their employment-related matters and zealously defends them against employee claims in court, arbitration, and administrative proceedings.
With experience representing employers before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, federal district courts across the country, Texas state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission, Meghaan has the experience and, more importantly, the passion to handle companies’ employment law needs.
While Meghaan represents employers in a variety of employment-related matters, she has developed a primary focus on wage and hour issues. Meghaan has handled Department of Labor investigations, internal wage and hour audits, and multiple wage and hour lawsuits (including class and collective actions). She is also certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in labor and employment law.
Meghaan frequently advises clients on wage and hour compliance issues regarding compensable time, regular rate calculations, employee classifications, and overtime compensation. Meghaan has obtained multiple victories in her wage and hour practice, including the decertification of a nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective action in an exempt misclassification case and summary judgment of off-the-clock claims.
In addition to her robust wage and hour practice, Meghaan regularly defends clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in court for claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, among other federal employment statutes. Meghaan also represents companies in both the prosecution and defense of unfair competition claims, such as breach of non-compete and misappropriation of trade secret claims. Meghaan also advises and counsels employers on their employment and human resources matters, drafts employment, separation, and restrictive covenant agreements, provides due diligence for employment matters in corporate deals, and reviews employee handbooks and other workplace policies. With a keen awareness to developing employment law issues in today’s workplace, Meghaan strives to keep clients abreast of the law and to find ways to minimize liability.
Meghaan also places a strong emphasis on her pro bono docket, particularly cases presenting opportunities to help children and families in need.
Wage and Hour
- Represented medical supply company in FLSA collective actions and obtained favorable class settlements.
- Represented multinational internet service provider in FLSA collective action and obtained decertification of nationwide collective action and favorable settlements of subsequent splinter actions filed across U.S.
- Represented oilfield services company in FLSA collective action and obtained favorable class settlement.
- Represented hospital district in single plaintiff FLSA action and obtained summary judgment of off-the-clock-claims.
- Represented restaurant group in FLSA misclassification case and obtained favorable settlement of plaintiff’s claims.
- Represented restaurant chain in DOL investigation of wage and hour practices that resulted in a finding of no violations.
- Conducted multiple internal audits of classification of exempt positions and compensation practices.
- Obtained summary judgment for hospital of plaintiff’s Title VII and Section 1981 claims in case filed in the Southern District of Texas.
- Obtained summary judgment for hospital district of plaintiff’s Title VII, ADA, and Section 1981 claims in case filed in the Southern District of Texas.
- Obtained summary disposition for restaurant chain on age discrimination and retaliation claims in arbitration filed before JAMS.
- Obtained summary judgment on multiple plaintiffs’ race and national origin discrimination claims under the TCHRA in case filed in Texas state court.
- Obtained partial dismissal of Texas state law claims against franchisor in case filed in the Southern District of Texas by two former employees of a franchisee.
- Obtained multiple no cause findings and dismissals from the EEOC, after conducting investigations of the charging party’s claims and submitting a position statement to the EEOC.
- Successfully defended restaurant chain against a discrimination charge filed with the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practice.
Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
- Prosecuted trade secret misappropriation claims against three former employees and new employer in four separate legal actions, coordinating national legal strategy against competitor.
- Obtained temporary injunction in Texas state court for former employer against seven former employees for violating their non-competition agreements and for misappropriating confidential information and trade secrets.
- Obtained multiple temporary restraining orders in Texas state court for former employers in cases involving theft of trade secrets and confidential information and violation of restrictive covenants.
- Defended unfair competition claims brought by a former employer against a former employee and his new employers resulting in a favorable settlement for client.
- Assist employers in drafting employment, non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements.
- Advise employers on hiring potential employees with restrictive covenants.
William & Mary Law SchoolJD
Order of the Coif, Member, William & Mary Law Review2009
Tulane UniversityBAHistory and Political Science
Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, Dean’s list2006
Advisory Board Member, Institute for Law & Technology, The Center for American and International Law (CAIL)
Board member, Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse
Counsel member, Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, 2016-2018
- Speaker, "Artificial Intelligence and General Counsel Offices’ DEI Best Practices", NYC Bar Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Summit, September 29, 2023
- Speaker, "Defense", What You Need to Know: Protection, Enforcement and Defense of Trade Secrets, November 30, 2022
- Speaker, Protecting Trade Secrets — From Invention to Injunction, July 26, 2022
- Presenter, "Trade Secrets, Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs), and War Stories", Houston Young Lawyers Association CLE, March 8, 2022
- Speaker, You’ve Mastered Remote Working — Now What About Trade Secret Protection?, May 21, 2020
- Speaker, Coal Q&A Webcast: COVID-19 and Considerations for Reopening of Businesses, American Coal Council: Coal Q&A Program, May 19, 2020
- Speaker, "The Proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) White Collar Exemptions Changes: What Every Company Should Know", The Knowledge Group Webinar, February 23, 2016
Named to “500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers,” Lawdragon, 2021, 2022, 2023
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Woodward/White, Inc.,2023, 2024
Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Intellectual Property: Trade Secrets (Litigation and Noncontentious Matters), 2022, 2023
Selected for inclusion, Labor & Employment, Texas Up & Coming, 2022; Texas, 2023, Chambers USA
Selected for inclusion in “Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars,” Employment and Labor, Thomson Reuters, 2013, 2017-2023
- Author, Employer Alert: Resolution of AI-Focused Writers’ Strike Sets Precedent in Hollywood and Beyond, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, September 29, 2023
- Author, Fifth Circuit Expands Test for Adverse Employment Actions in Title VII Discrimination Claims, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, August 25, 2023
- Author, Employers Beware: AI Tools May Lead to Labor Force Friction and Strikes, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, July 28, 2023
- Author, Texas Judge’s Mandate on Generative Artificial Intelligence Provides Lawyers Job Security … For Now, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, June 7, 2023
- Author, Government Agencies Join Forces Against Bias and Discrimination in AI, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, May 2, 2023
- Author, Finding Irreparable Harm: 5th Circuit Vacates Refusal to Enter Preliminary Injunction, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 28, 2023
- Author, "Employers Beware: The Rise of AI (Regulation)", Corporate Counsel Business Journal, April 24, 2023
- Author, Employers Beware: The Rise of AI (Regulation), McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 17, 2023
- Author, It’s No Longer a Secret—Parties Should Identify Their Trade Secrets Early in Litigation, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 4, 2023
- Author, Trade Secret Tidbits: February 2023, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, March 1, 2023
- Author, Texas Executive Order Substantially Limits Private Employers From Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, October 13, 2021
- Author, Key Amendments to Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Effective January 2021, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, March 23, 2021
- Author, OSHA Issues Guidance for Prompt Reporting of COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Fatalities, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, October 19, 2020
- Author, What Employers Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, March 18, 2020
- Author, Restricting Third-Party Access to Premises Due to COVID-19, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, March 17, 2020
- Author, OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Preparedness Guidance for Employers, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, March 12, 2020
- Author, Considerations for Employers Addressing the COVID-19 Outbreak, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, March 6, 2020
- Co-author, Common Wage and Hour Issues in the Oil and Gas Industry, The Houston Lawyer, January/February 2015
- Co-author, Employees Get What? What Texas Employers Need to Know About Mexican Labor and Employment Law, The Houston Lawyer, January/February 2012
- Co-author, Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law: But Who Really Owns a Church’s Property in the Wake of a Religious Split Within a Hierarchical Church?, 50 W.M. & MARY L. REV. 311, 2008