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Brian T. Farrington

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Dallas, TX

Cowles and Thompson PC
901 Main Street, Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-672-2000
Fax: 214-672-2020
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employer
Attorney Profile

Attorney Brian T. Farrington is a shareholder with Cowles & Thompson law firm in Dallas Texas, and he serves as head of the firm's employment law section. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 26 years of total legal experience, Mr. Farrington provides exceptional counsel and support to employers, business owners, public entities and others across his region who are dealing with complex and pressing legal challenges involving supposed discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims from their employees.

In addition to fighting for the rights and interests of employers, Mr. Farrington routinely counsels his clients and HR professionals on employment best practices, proper hiring and firing practices, employment liability issues and compliance, FLSA issues, and more. He has also represented hundreds of clients under investigation from the U.S. Department of Labor regarding FLSA violations, and he has successfully handled a number of mediations on behalf of his clients.

Moreover, Mr. Farrington conducts lectures, continuing legal education seminars and training sessions throughout his region and across the country on a variety of legal topics related to employment law and FLSA matters, and he has published several articles on FLSA subjects as well as wage and hour topics. He is also an active member of numerous local, state and national legal organizations.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Farrington has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has also received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1973 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Dallas, Mr. Farrington received his master's degree from The University of Chicago in 1974, and he obtained his Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan School of Law in 1994. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern District of Texas as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

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Practice Areas
  • 100%Employment & Labor: Employer
Focus Areas

Wage & Hour Laws, Labor Law


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022

About Brian T. Farrington

First Admitted: 1994, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • EEO Basics, Texas Payroll Conference, 2018-2019
  • Ceridian Corporation's "Insights" national conference
  • AADP's "Meeting of the Minds" national conference
  • Taught sessions on the FLSA for the State Bars of Texas and Arkansas, and for the Dallas Bar Association
  • FLSA and Non-Exempt Employees, Texas Payroll Conference, 2018-2019
  • FLSA and Exempt Employees, Texas Payroll Conference, 2018-2019


  • , Best Lawyers in America© -- Employment Law – Management, Best Lawyers®; selected for inclusion 2016-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers ©, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers®; selected for inclusion, 2019-2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Educational Background

  • M.A., University of Chicago, 1974
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Dallas, 1973



  • Successful representation of fast-food restaurants in Texas in a Wage-Hour investigation. The agency originally demanded approximately $1.5 million in back wages and another $1.5 million in liquidated damages, and proposed another $250,000 in civil money penalties. After lengthy negotiations, the case was closed with a total payment of $50,000 (or about $0.015-cents on the dollar), 2018
  • Successful wage dispute settlement. A Houston-area employer was investigated by the Wage and Hour Division of the U. S. Department of Labor (“DOL”). DOL told the employer it was in violation of the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the federal minimum wage and overtime law, and owed in excess of $500,000 in back wages. The company’s local counsel called in Brian Farrington of Cowles and Thompson. Brian got the case settled for $45.00. The client and local attorney were pleased with the outcome, 2013
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Office Location for Brian T. Farrington

901 Main Street
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75202

Phone: 214-672-2000

Fax: 214-672-2020

Last Updated: 3/9/2022

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