Ed Sullivan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Houston, TX

Oberti Sullivan LLP
 | 712 Main Street, Suite 900
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-401-3555
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (90%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Ed Sullivan is a labor and employment trial lawyer.  Based out of Houston, he is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a frequent commentator on employment law issues in the Houston Chronicle.

Ed has proven positive trial results in both state and federal court. He has handled numerous single and multi-Plaintiff cases for both employers and employees all the way through a trial and beyond, including discrimination and retaliation whistleblower cases, as well as a large (and rare) trial for unpaid overtime brought by eight Plaintiffs.  He obtained one of the largest verdicts ever recorded in a retaliation trial in the Southern District of Texas.  He routinely handles race discrimination, race retaliation, sex discrimination, sex harassment, age discrimination, age harassment, disability discrimination (ADA), disability (reasonable accommodation), whistelblower, FLSA (unpaid overtime and minimum wage), collective actions, and many other employment law cases.

Ed has many professional accolades.  In 2015, the publication The Best Lawyers In America recognized him for Employment Law-Management.  In 2012 and continuing through the present, he is recognized as a "Super Lawyer," a Thompson Reuters Service printed in Texas Monthly.  In 2013, the same publication recognized him as a "Top 100 Houston Super Lawyer" and in 2015, recognized him as an elite "Top 100 Texas Super Lawyer" and a "Top 100 Houston Super Lawyer."

Ed was born in Alice, Texas.  He went to high school in San Antonio, graduating second in his class from Antonian College Preparatory in 1989.  He then attended the University of Texas at Austin.  In 1992, he graduated ahead of schedule from UT, earning enough credits to satisfy a double major in Government and History with a minor in English.  After college, he moved to Washington D.C. to work for U.S. Congressman Dick Armey as a Legislative Analyst. He decided, however, that he wanted to make his life in Texas.  He then attended and graduated from the University of Houston Law Center. Upon his graduation in 1997, he was admitted into the Order of the Barristers.

After graduation, Ed joined the Texas Attorney General's office in Austin, and represented the State of Texas before every federal district judge in the state. He also handled numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He returned to Houston in 2000 to work for The Honorable Marcia Crone, who currently serves as a United States District Judge in Beaumont, Texas.  In 2002, he joined Seyfarth Shaw LLP, one of the largest and most respected labor and employment law firms in the United States, where he represented major companies in a wide range of employment-related disputes.  In 2005, the firm named him a partner.  At the time of his promotion, he was the youngest partner in the 600+ attorney firm.  Ed left Seyfarth Shaw LLP in June 2010 to pursue a vision he shares with his partner Mark Oberti:  To build and run a law firm that sets the standard for excellence in labor and employment law.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (90%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Employment Litigation (10%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Focus Areas

Employment & Labor: Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Employment Litigation: Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 8 years

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2004 - 2011

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About Ed Sullivan

Admitted: 1997, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.osattorneys.com/about_ed.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 100 Super Lawyers List
  • Order of the Barristers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Texas, 1997
  • Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court, Barrister
  • College of The State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mock Trial Coach, Thurgood Marshall School of Law - Texas Southern University, 2011
  • Mock Trial Coach, University of Houston Law Center, 2001
  • Led the Seyfarth Shaw LLP Pro Bono Team of the Year award in 2010

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "ADA: Direct Threat and Enforcing Conduct Rules," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, April 2014
  • "Department of Labor Practice & Procedure," Houston Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, Houston, Texas, January 2014
  • "Sex, Words, and 50 Shades of Causation," Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference, San Antonio, Texas, May 2014
  • "Expectations Placed Upon Federal Law Clerks," University Of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, April 2001
  • "Differences Between District Judges and Magistrate Judges," University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, May 2002
  • "What Federal Judges Expect From Judicial Interns," University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, May 2003
  • "Managing the Most Difficult FMLA Dilemmas," Council on Education in Management, Houston, Texas, May 2003
  • "Historical Origins of the Freedom of Press Clause to the U.S. Constitution," Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court, Houston, Texas, February 2004
  • "Navigating the New Overtime Regulations", Society of Human Resource Managers, Harlingen, Texas, August 2004
  • "Navigating the New Overtime Regulations", Houston Area Builders and Contractors, Houston, Texas, September 2004
  • "Navigating the New Overtime Regulations", Houston Hotel & Motel Association, Houston, Texas, October 2004
  • "The Importance of Effective Documentation," Lorman Education Services, McAllen, Texas, November 2004
  • "Limitations on the At-Will Employment Doctrine," Lorman Education Services, McAllen, Texas, November 2004
  • "Overtime Litigation-Defendant's Perspective; Avoiding and Defending Claims," UHLC Advanced Employment Law CLE, Dallas, Texas, April 2005
  • "Is Big Brother Watching? Privacy In The Workplace," Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., Houston, Texas, June 2005
  • "Interviewing and Hiring Basics," National Law Enforcement Recruiters' Association, Washington, D.C., September 2005
  • "Federal Court Practice In The Southern District of Texas – Typical Traps For The Unwary," Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas, December 2005
  • "Justice Scalia On The Establishment Clause," Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court, Houston, Texas, March 2006
  • "FLSA Discovery Strategies – Summary Judgment And Beyond," Seyfarth Shaw LLP Videoconference, Houston, Texas, July 2006
  • "FLSA Litigation Strategies", Seyfarth Shaw LLP Breakfast Briefing, Houston, Texas, June 2006
  • "FLSA Litigation Strategies", Seyfarth Shaw LLP Breakfast Briefing, Houston, Texas, June 2006
  • "FLSA Litigation Strategies", Lorman Education Services, Houston, Texas, October 2006
  • "FLSA Litigation Strategies", Council on Education in Management, Houston, Texas, October 2006
  • "FLSA Litigation Strategies", Lorman Education Services, Houston, Texas, January 2007
  • "FLSA Litigation Strategies", Council on Education in Management, Houston, Texas, February 2007
  • "Litigation Hold Letters & Document Preservation Obligations in FLSA Cases," Seyfarth Shaw LLP National Videoconference, Houston, Texas, May 2007
  • "Five Ways to Reduce Employment Litigation Costs," Association of Corporate Counsel of America, Houston, Texas, May 2008
  • "Handling Reductions In Force in This Economy," Seyfarth Shaw LLP Breakfast Briefing in Houston, Texas, November 2008
  • "Courtroom Advocacy," Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Illinois, November 2008
  • "Disability Law Update 2009", University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Houston, Texas, March 2009
  • "Disability Law Update 2009", University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Dallas, Texas, March 2009
  • "FLSA Litigation – Including Collective Actions", University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Houston, Texas, June 2007
  • "FLSA Litigation – Including Collective Actions", University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Houston, Texas, June 2007
  • "FLSA Litigation – Including Collective Actions", University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Dallas, Texas, June 2007
  • "FLSA Litigation – Including Collective Actions", Houston Bar Association Litigation Section, Houston, Texas, November 2007
  • "FLSA Litigation – Including Collective Actions", University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Dallas, Texas, April 2008
  • "FLSA Litigation – Including Collective Actions", University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Houston, Texas, April 2008
  • "FLSA Litigation – Including Collective Actions", University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Dallas, Texas, May 2009
  • "FLSA Litigation – Including Collective Actions", University of Houston Advanced Employment Law CLE, Houston, Texas, May 2009
  • "Disability Law Update 2010," Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas, October 2010
  • "Ethical Issues In The Employment Context," Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas, November 2010
  • "Alternative Fee Arrangements In The New Economy" Garland Walker American Inn of Court, Houston, Texas, November 2010
  • "Texas Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Update," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, December 2010
  • "Family and Medical Leave Act – How to Comply," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, February 2011
  • "A Day in the Life Of An Employment Lawyer," University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, February 2011
  • "Analysis of the Supreme Court's Decision in Wal-mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes," Oberti Sullivan LLP website, June 2011
  • "Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make, and How to Prevent Them", State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, September 2010
  • "Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make, and How to Prevent Them", Oberti Sullivan LLP podcasts, summer 2011
  • "Retaliation Claims: Welcome to the Danger Zone," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, July 2011
  • "Rumbles in the 'C' Suite – Representing Texas Executives in Employment Disputes," State Bar of Texas, October 2011
  • "FLSA: How to Prosecute and Defend Texas Overtime Claims," State Bar of Texas, December 2011
  • "Employment Law 2012 - 10 Hot New Developments All Lawyers Need to Know," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, July 2012
  • "Employment Law Ethics - Surreptitiously Recording Conversations," American Petroleum Labor Lawyers' Association, Houston, Texas, October 2012
  • "Top 10 Ethical Traps for Employment Lawyers And How To Avoid Them," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, November 2012
  • "15 Things You Need To Know About The New Wave of Retaliation, Dodd-Frank, and SOX Whistleblower Claims," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, March 2013
  • "2013 Update:  Texas Noncompete Law; Trade Secrets Litigation; Texas Adopts The Uniform Trade Secrets Act; Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine; and Fiduciary Duties," State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, June 2013
  • "Punitive Damages:  How Employers Avoid Them, How Employees Obtain Them," South Texas College of Law's In House Counsel Conference and 26th Annual Employment Law Conference, Houston, Texas, July 2013
  • "Punitive Damages:  How Employers Avoid Them, How Employees Obtain Them," South Texas College of Law's In House Counsel Conference and 26th Annual Employment Law Conference, Houston, Texas, July 2013
  • "Supreme Court Review," Houston Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section, Houston, Texas, August 2013

Representative Clients:

  • Bugos v. Ricoh Corp., 2008 WL 3876548, 5th Cir. Aug. 21, 2008
  • Ledford v. Thomas, 144 F. Supp. 2d 709 (S.D. Tex. 2000), aff'd, 275F.3d 471, 5th Cir. 2001
  • Colindres v. Quietflex Mfg., 228 F.R.D. 567, S.D. Tex. 2005
  • Colindres v. Quietflex Mfg., 235 F.R.D. 347, S.D. Tex. 2006
  • Colindres v. Quietflex Mfg., 235 F.R.D. 347, S.D. Tex. 2006
  • Payne v. Goodman Mfg. Co., L.P., 726 F. Supp. 2d 891, E.D. Tenn. 2010
  • Jones v. SuperMedia, Inc., 281 F.R.D. 282, N.D. Tex. 2012
  • Coffin v. Blessey Marine Servs., Inc., 163 Lab. Cas. P 36, 092, S.D.Tex. 2013
  • Fields v. Johnson, 159 F.3d 914, 5th Cir. 1998
  • Alexander v. Johnson, 163 F.3d 906, 5th Cir. 1998
  • Felder v. Johnson, 204 F.3d 168 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 531 U.S. 1035, 2000
  • Molo v. Johnson, 207 F.3d 773, 5th Cir. 2000
  • Jackson v. Johnson, 217 F.3d 360, 5th Cir. 2000
  • Emerson v. Johnson, 243 F.3d 931, 5th Cir. 2001
  • Harris-Childs v. Medco Health Solutions of Tex. LLC, 169 Fed.Appx. 913, 5th Cir. 2006
  • Esparza v. Telerx Mktg., 174 Fed. Appx. 806, 5th Cir. 2006
  • Davis v. Merck Medco, Cause No. DV99-7184, December 2003
  • Fermin Colindres, et al. & EEOC v. Quietflex Mfg. Co. L.P., et al., CivilAction No. H-01-4319, November 2004
  • Brian James Johnsen v. Baker Hughes Inc., Civil Action No. MO-04-068, March 2005
  • Geiger v. Merck Medco, Cause No. DV99-7184, April 2005
  • Guevara v. Goodman Mfg., Cause No. 2006-092923, May 2007
  • State Appellate Court victory in Dias v. Goodman Mfg., 214 S.W.3d 672(Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2007
  • Fahim v. Marriott Hotel Servs. Inc., 551 F.3d 344, 5th Cir. 2008
  • Cunningham v. Nature's Earth Pellets, L.L.C., 433 Fed. Appx. 751, 11th Cir. July 6, 2011
  • Czarnecki, et al v. Diesel Pros, LLC, Cause No. 153-248153-0, August 2012

Educational Background:

  • University of Houston Law Center, JD, 1997
  • University of Texas, B.A., in Government and History with a minor in English, 1992

Comments

  • “One of the very best advocates in the labor-and-employment field.”
  • “Ed is an innovative lawyer who manages to find creative solutions to intractable problems. He is savvy and practical and has a deep understanding of the law.”
  • “Ed Sullivan is the guy I call when I have an employment law question that I cannot answer myself. He knows the law, and is excellent in the court room. Great attitude and presence. If I had my own employment law case, Ed is the lawyer I would want to hire.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Ed Sullivan

712 Main Street
Suite 900
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-401-3555

 

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Last Updated: 1/25/2017

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