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Monte K. Hurst

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Dallas, TX

Hallett & Perrin, P.C.
1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 2400
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-922-4111
Fax: 214-922-4142
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2011, 2013 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004
Licensed in Texas Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employer, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate
Attorney Profile

Monte K. Hurst is a shareholder at Hallett & Perrin, P.C. Certified as a specialist in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he focuses a large part of his practice on that area of the law, and he has a general business litigation caseload as well. Based in Dallas, he provides representation to companies throughout the state.

Mr. Hurst majored in political science at Tulane University and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts. He then enrolled at South Texas College of Law Houston and in 1996 obtained his law degree. Prior to joining Hallett & Perrin, P.C., in June 2015, Mr. Hurst was a partner at a Dallas firm, where he focused his practice on labor and employment law. Admitted to practice in Texas, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Hurst confines his labor and employment law practice solely to the representation of employers. He has defended these clients against a variety of allegations, including discrimination, wage and hour claims, and wrongful termination and other acts of retaliation. Mr. Hurst also regularly furnishes advice and counsel to his employer clients on such matters as regulatory compliance, risk avoidance, hiring and termination policies, affirmative action, sexual harassment training, and ERISA matters. Outside of the employment area, Mr. Hurst has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of actions, in court as well as before arbitration panels. His excellent track record has earned him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 30%Business Litigation
  • 10%Business/Corporate

Selections

18 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2011, 2013 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2004

About Monte K. Hurst

First Admitted: 1996, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.hallettperrin.com/attorneys/bio/monte-k.-hurst

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author and Speaker, “How to Equip Your Business to Avoid a Lawsuit and How to Handle a Lawsuit if One Occurs,” National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association’s Annual Conference, February 2007
  • Panelist, “Best Practices: Hiring and Firing Employees” at South Texas College of Law Employment and Labor Law Course, July 9, 2004
  • Author and Speaker, “New Developments in the ADA” at HIPAA, ADA and FMLA in Texas, Lorman Educational Services, January 30, 2004
  • Author and Speaker, “Be Careful What They Ask For: How to Avoid Miscues in Explaining Benefits to Employees in Light of Recent Case Law” at South Texas College of Law Employment Law Course, July 14, 2006
  • Author and speaker, “Employers May Have a New Ally in the FMLA: How Courts Are Holding Employees Accountable for Their Actions Both During and After Medical Leave” at South Texas College of Law Employment Law Course, July 13, 2006
  • Author and Speaker, “Not Knowing What You Don’t Know About Workers’ Compensation Discharge Claims in Texas is Dangerous Business” at Basic Workers’ Compensation in Texas, Lorman Educational Services, July 26, 2006
  • Author, “Shedding Light on Light: How the Texas Supreme Court Has Made it Easier for Employers to Create and Enforce Covenants Not to Compete”, October 2006
  • Author and Speaker, “The Not-So-Fine Line Between Fair Competition and Betrayal: Fiduciary Obligations of an Employee Acting as the Employer’s Agent in the Pursuit of Business Opportunities,” at South Texas College of Law Employment Law Course, July 25, 2009
  • Author and Moderator, “Out of the Closet and into the Courthouse: The Evolution of Second Generation Sex Discrimination Claims” at South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference, July 12, 2007
  • Author and Speaker, “Achieving a Hire Standard: Update on Employment Laws that Affect Your Business,” at DFW Staffing Management Association, January 16, 2008
  • Author and Speaker, “Synergy Between Treating Patients and Managing Employees,” at DFW Healthcare Human Resources Association, February 27, 2008
  • Author and Speaker, “Engineering a Sound Workplace in 2008: Employment Laws that Help you Minimize Risk and Capitalize on Talent,” at McLaughlin Brunson 2008 Loss Prevention / Risk Management Seminar, April 23 and 24, 2008
  • Author and Panelist, “The Hard Stuff: Get the Latest on Intermittent FMLA Leave; Non-Competes; Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Claims and Much More,” at South Texas College of Law In-House Counsel Conference, July 15, 2009
  • Author and Speaker, “Top 10 in 2008: Employment Law Update,” at TXANS 19th Annual Nonsubscriber Conference & Presentations Exhibition, April 2, 2009
  • Author and Speaker, “Emerging Topics in Employment Law that a Chief Executive Needs to Know,” Vistage, May 14, 2009
  • Author and Presenter, “Evidence Issues in Employment Law” at the South Texas College of Law, Employment Law Conference, July 19, 2012
  • Moderator, “Betrayed!,” at South Texas College of Law Employment Law Course, July 17, 2009
  • Author and Presenter, “A Work in Progress: Recent Decisions Regarding the Whistleblower Provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Further Define the Act’s Coverage,” at South Texas College of Law Employment Law Course, July 17, 2009
  • Panelist, “(Un)Employment Claim Train: How the Economy is Driving Ever Increasing Employment Claims,” at PLUS Texas Chapter, September
  • Panelist, “Betrayed!” at the South Texas College of Law, In-House Counsel and Employment Law Conference, July 14 – 16, 2010
  • Panelist, “What C-Levels Really Want to Ask: FCPA, Sarbanes Oxley, Individual Liability,” at South Texas College of Law, In-House Counsel and Employment Law Conference, July 14 – 16, 2010
  • Panelist, “Cutting Edge Ethics: Tomorrow’s Issues, Today,” at South Texas College of Law, In-House Counsel Conference, July 13, 2011
  • Panelist, “Betrayed! Non-Compete Issues; Employee-Raiding; the Basics of Forensic Investigation; TRO’s and TI’s,” at South Texas College of Law, Employment Law Conference, July 15, 2011
  • Panelist, “Ethics for In-House Counsel,” at South Texas College of Law, In-House Counsel Conference, July 24, 2013
  • Author and Presenter, “Protected Whistleblower or Ungrateful Whiner: What’s the Law, How to Manage?”, at the South Texas College of Law, Employment Law Conference, July 25, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Dallas Bar Association - Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas - Labor and Employment Law Section
  • United States District Courts - All Districts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court

Honors/Awards

  • , Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • , The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2007-2009, 2011-2012 and 2014-2020)
  • , Dallas’ Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine (2004 and 2006)
  • , Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2004-2011, 2013-2020)
  • , AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • , America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, Northern Texas (2020)

Special Licenses/Certifications

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

Educational Background

  • Tulane University, B.A. Political Science, 1993

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Credit Unions
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Hospitals & Nursing Homes
  • Hotel
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit
  • Trucking
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Office Location for Monte K. Hurst

1445 Ross Avenue
Suite 2400
Dallas, TX 75202

Phone: 214-922-4111

Fax: 214-922-4142

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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