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Hal K. Gillespie

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Gillespie Sanford LLP
4803 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: 214-800-5112
Fax: 214-838-0001
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1972
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment & Labor: Employee
Attorney Profile

Texas attorney Hal K. Gillespie has a distinguished career dating back more than 40 years. Certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he represents individual clients, corporate executives and unions in arbitration, mediation, civil trials, discrimination claims and other legal matters. As a partner of Gillespie Sanford LLP, Mr. Gillespie provides compassionate and dedicated representation to his clients in Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding region.


Mr. Gillespie’s experience extends to a wide range of legal issues within labor and employment law. He has been involved in jury trials and arbitration hearings involving such business claims as breach of contract and tortious interference. He has handled civil rights-related claims such as discrimination on the basis of race and national origin, age, sex or disability. He has also handled cases involving allegations of sexual harassment and defamation.


In addition to his experience, Mr. Gillespie is also the recipient of a number of honors. For the past fifteen years, Texas Lawyer magazine listed Mr. Gillespie as the “Go-To Lawyer” in the area of labor and employment law. In 2011 and 2013 Texas Monthly listed Mr. Gillespie as among the top 10 lawyers in Texas.  He is listed among the best 500 attorneys in the United States by the website Lawdragon, and his professional skill and high ethical standards earned him the highest rating of AV Preeminent* from the peer review service Martindale-Hubbell.


Mr. Gillespie is admitted to practice law in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal circuit and appeals courts in Texas, Oklahoma, the District of Columbia and other regions.


Active in many professional organizations, Mr. Gillespie is a member of the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a co-founder of the Texas Employment Lawyers Association.


*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2022

About Hal K. Gillespie

First Admitted: 1972, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Numerous confidential settlements yearly.
  • Largest employment law jury verdict in Texas in 2010 - $16.2 million - Miller v. Raytheon, Northern District of Texas.  Defamation jury verdict in texas in 2008 - $3,331,000 - OShea et al v. Texans Credit Union.   Age discrimination and ERISA verdict of $1.7 million plus attorney's fees in Texas 1992 - Olitisky v. Spencer Gifts., 2010

Representative Clients

  • Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338;  Dallas Stage Employees Local 127; IBEW Locals 69, 220, 2078 and 2337; Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Frequent CLE speaker on employment law matters.

Educational Background

  • University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. Degree, 1969

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Dist. Court, Northern Dist. of Texas, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Southern Dist. of Texas, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2010
  • Past President of the North Texas Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Western Dist. of Texas, 1974
  • Member of the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO
  • State Bar of Texas, 1972
  • Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Dist. of Columbia Circuit, 2005
  • Member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  •  Past Chairman of the Dallas Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section
  •  Co-founding and active member of the Texas Employment Lawyers Association (TELA)
  • U.S. District Court, Western Dist. of Oklahoma, 2004
  • Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Eastern Dist. of Texas, 1976
  • Associate editor on the Texas Law Review 
  • Member, Board of Directors of its Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1976 
  • Member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization


  • In 2002, 2007, and 2012 Texas Lawyer listed him as the “Go-To Lawyer” in Texas for the past five years in the area of Labor and Employment Law
  • Named as among the best 500 attorneys in the United States by
  • Top 10 lawyers in Texas by, 2011 and 2013 
  • “AV” rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers in Texas since 2003
  • Law school honors., Associate Editor - Texas Law Review and top 10% graduate., 1972


  • Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, 1900

Industry Groups

  • Airlines
  • Banking
  • Defense Industry
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Sales
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Office Location for Hal K. Gillespie

4803 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75246

Phone: 214-800-5112

Fax: 214-838-0001

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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