Rod Tanner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Fort Worth, TX

Tanner and Associates, P.C.
 | 6300 Ridglea Place, Fort Worth, TX 76116-5706
Phone: 866-946-9626
Fax: 817-377-1136
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Rod Tanner is the managing shareholder of Tanner and Associates, PC in Fort Worth, Texas. Board Certified as a specialist in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Tanner has more than 43 years of experience advocating on behalf of unions and employees throughout the country who are dealing with complex legal challenges involving any of the following:

    • Employment discrimination
    • Union representation and employee rights
    • Retaliation and wrongful termination
    • Whistleblower claims
    • Overtime and wage disputes
    • Employment contracts
    • Workplace torts
    • FMLA issues
    • Class actions and collective actions
    • Appeals

    Along with maintaining a successful trial practice, Mr. Tanner also has extensive experience handling matters through alternative dispute resolution techniques, such as negotiation, arbitration and mediation. In all cases, he aggressively pursues the most favorable outcome possible for his clients while treating them with the dignity they deserve.

    A 1973 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Tanner attended The University of Texas School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1976. The State Bar of Texas admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 10th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Widely regarded as a preeminent labor and employment attorney, Mr. Tanner has won precdent-setting cases involving employment contracts and union representation rights. He has served in leadership roles for a number of professional organizations. He is a Co-Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association Labor Law Practice Group, a past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section, a past Chair of the Tarrant County (TX) Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, a former Director of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, and a founding member and former director of the Texas Employment Lawyers Association.

    In addition, Mr. Tanner has many publications to his credit, and he has conducted numerous lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of topics related to labor and employment law. He is also an active member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, and Tarrant County (TX) Bar Association.

    Recognized for his professionalism and expertise, Mr. Tanner has earned designation by The Best Lawyers in America from 1995 to 2020, and Texas Super Lawyers has listed him as one of the Top 100 Texas Lawyers in 2019. The U.S. News and World Report and Texas Lawyer magazine have also named him among the top labor and employment law attorneys in Texas. Mr. Tanner is also a Fellow of the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, American Bar Foundation, and Texas Bar Foundation.

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    Practice Areas
    • 50%Employment & Labor
    • 40%Employment Litigation
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

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

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 18 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020

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    About Rod Tanner

    Admitted: 1976, Texas

    Professional Webpage: http://www.rodtannerlaw.com/rod-tanner.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • Texas Super Lawyer, Thompson Reuters, 2003 - 2020
    • Texas Super Lawyers Top 100 Texas Lawyers, 2019
    • Best Labor and Employment Attorney in Tarrant County, Texas, Fort Worth Business Press, May 2001 
    • One of Texas' Top 16 Labor and Employment Attorneys, Texas Lawyer, Feb. 2001
    • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2006-present

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1991

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
    • Member, Dallas County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
    • Past Chair, Tarrant County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, 1998 - 1999
    • Past Director, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1995
    • Founding Member/Past Director, Texas Employment Lawyers Association
    • Past Chair, State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section, 1995 - 1996
    • Co-Chair, National Employment Lawyers Association Labor Law Practice Group, 2005 - 2016
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1998
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1981
    • United States Supreme Court, 2005
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1980
    • Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1995
    • Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981
    • State Bar of Texas, 1976

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Chair, Planning Committee – The University of Texas School of Law Twelfth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2005

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author – The Judge, the Philosopher and the Personal Privacy Exemption of the Freedom of Information Act, Tarlton Law Library Legal Bibliography Series, 1976
    • Author/Speaker – NLRA at the Millennium: Selected Issues, Tarrant County Bar Association Annual Labor and Employment Law Update, 1998
    • Author/Speaker – An Overview of the ADA: An Introduction and Legislative Background, South Texas College of Law, Americans with Disabilities Act Seminar, 1992
    • Author/Speaker – Electromation and Beyond: Employee Participation Programs Under the National Labor Relations Act, The University of Texas Law School Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 1994
    • Course Director – State Bar of Texas Advanced Labor and Employment Law Course, 1996 
    • Author – Anatomy of a Strike, Texas Lawyer, 1997
    • Author/Speaker – Dealing with Rambo Litigators, National Employment Lawyers Association/Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter, 1997
    • Author/Speaker – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Fort Worth Paralegal Association, 1997
    • Author/Speaker – Taking the Deposition of Key Witnesses, State Bar of Texas Advanced Labor and Employment Law Course, 1999
    • Author/Speaker – Ghettoes in the Workplace: Race and Gender Segregation, The University of Texas Law School Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 1998
    • Author/Speaker – Federal and State Case Law Update, National Employment Lawyers Association/San Antonio Chapter Annual Seminar, 1999
    • Author/Speaker – Remedies in Employment Cases, The University of Texas Law School Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 1999
    • Co-Author/Speaker – Recent Developments in Employment Law, Baylor University School of Law General Practice Institute, 2001 
    • Author/Speaker – Recent NLRA Developments Affecting Nonunion and Unionized Employers, The University of Texas School of Law Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2001
    • Author – Recent Developments In Employment Class Actions, National Employment Lawyers Association/Dallas Chapter Annual Seminar, 2001
    • Author/Speaker – State Employment Tort Law Update, National Employment Lawyers Association/Dallas Chapter Annual Seminar, 2003
    • Author/Speaker – Selected Federal Labor Law Issues, Northern District of Texas/ABA Federal Law Clerks Training Conference, 2001
    • Author/Speaker – Discipline and Privacy in The Workplace in An Electronic Age, National Academy of Arbitrators/Industrial Relations Research Association – North Texas Chapter Annual Labor-Management Conference, 2002 
    • Author/Speaker – Fair Labor Standards Act Update, State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Update, 2002
    • Author/Speaker – State Tort Law Update, The University of Texas Law School Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2002
    • Speaker – Mock Trial of Non Competition/Confidentiality Agreement Case, State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section Seminar, 2002
    • Author/Speaker – Selected Post Sturgis Developments Under National Labor Relations Act, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Southern Regional Conference, 2002
    • Author/Speaker – Recent Developments Under National Labor Relations Act, State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Update, 2003
    • Author/Speaker – State Tort Law Update, Tarrant County Bar Association Seminar, 2003
    • Author/Speaker – State Employment Tort Law Developments, The University of Texas Law School Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2003
    • Speaker – Economic Activity Under National Labor Relations Act, American Bar Association Regional Institute, 2003
    • Author/Speaker – Texas Employment Tort Law Developments, Texas Employment Lawyers Association Annual Employment Law Conference, 2003
    • Author/Speaker – Recent First Amendment Developments in Employment Cases, Texas Employment Lawyers Association Annual Employment Law Conference, 2005 
    • Author/Speaker – Constructive Discharge, The University of Texas Law School Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2004 
    • Author – Employees May Sue for Constructive Discharge Under Title VII, Tarrant County Bar Association Bulletin, 2004
    • Author/Speaker – Texas Commission on Human Rights Act: Procedures and Remedies, State Bar of Texas Legal Assistants Division, 2004 
    • Co-Author – Discovery Tactics in Employment Cases, Texas Employment Lawyers Association Annual Employment Law Conference, 2004
    • Speaker - A Trial Practicum: Charge Conferences, Tarrant County Bar Association, 2005
    • Author – To § 9(B) Or Not § 9(B), Texas Lawyer, 2005
    • Author/Speaker – Brave New World of Employment Discrimination Law After Desert Palace, Tarrant County Bar Association, 2005
    • Author/Speaker – Non Competition Agreements, Tarrant County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, 2006
    • Author/Speaker – Recent Developments Under National Labor Relations Act, State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section, 2005
    • Author – Non Traditional Labor Law, State Bar of Texas Advanced Labor and Employment Law Course, 2006
    • Conference Chair, Employment Law Update, Tarrant County Bar Association, 2006
    • Moderator – Union Organizing Activities in Texas: 2005 and 2006 Developments, The University of Texas School of Law Thirteenth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2006
    • Author/Speaker – Recent Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act, State Bar of Texas Advanced Employment Law Course, 2008
    • Author/Speaker – Developments in Religious Discrimination Law, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2006
    • Author – Application of National Labor Relations Act to Non Union Workplaces, The Employee Advocate, Spring/Summer 2006
    • Author/Speaker – Religious Discrimination Law, Texas Employment Lawyers Association Annual Employment Law Conference, 2006
    • Author – Recent Developments in Religious Discrimination Law, State Bar of Texas Advanced Employment Law Course, 2007
    • Speaker – Proving/Defending a Discrimination Case/Retaliation and the New Landscape After White v. Burlington Northern, State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section Webcast, 2007
    • Moderator, Cross-Examination: Tips and Traps, Tarrant County Bar Association Third Annual Trial Practice Series: Masters at Work, 2007 
    • Faculty Member – Labor Arbitration, The Center for American and International Law/Annual Labor Law and Labor Arbitration Short Course, 2007
    • Author/Speaker – Recent Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act, The University of Texas School of Law Fourteenth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2007
    • Author/Speaker – Protected Concerted Activity in Non Union Workplaces, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2007
    • Co-Author/Speaker – Pleading, Proving and Collecting Damages in Employment Cases, The University of Texas School of Law Seventeenth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2010
    • Author/Speaker – Religious Discrimination Law, The University of Texas School of Law Fifteenth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2008
    • Author – Religion in the Workplace, State Bar of Texas Employment Law Update, 2008
    • Author/Speaker – Religious Discrimination in the Workplace, Texas Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2008
    • Author/Speaker – Recent Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act, State Bar of Texas Advanced Labor and Employment Law Course, 2009
    • Co-Author/Speaker – Legislative Developments -- ADA Amendments Act, Employee Free   Choice Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Paycheck Fairness Act, Tarrant County Bar Association, 2009
    • Author/Speaker – The Employee Free Choice Act: A Brave New World, The University of Texas School of Law Sixteenth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2009
    • Author/Moderator – Recent Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act, The University of Texas School of Law 21st Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2014
    • Author/Speaker – Mandatory Arbitration of Statutory Employment Discrimination Claims Under Collective Bargaining Agreements, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Regional Conference, 2010
    • Author/Speaker – Interstate Battles Over Covenants Not to Compete/Injunctive Relief, State Bar of Texas Advanced Labor and Employment Law Course, 2011 
    • Author/Speaker – National Labor Relations Act in the Age of Facebook, The University of Texas School of Law Eighteenth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2011 
    • Author/Speaker – Employment Law Developments in the Age of Facebook, Tarrant County Bar Association All-Star CLE Conference, 2011
    • Author – Social Media and Protected Concerted Activity Under the NLRA, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Bulletin, 2011
    • Author – Social Media and the National Labor Relations Act, Texas Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2012
    • Co-Author/Speaker – Social Media: Trap for Employees or Employer? State Bar of Texas Advanced Employment Law Course, 2013
    • Author/Speaker – Not Your Grandfather’s NLRA: A New Era of Enforcement by the NLRB, The University of Texas School of Law Twentieth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2013 
    • Co-Author/Speaker – The NLRB: Back in Business in a Big Way, State Bar of Texas Advanced Employment Law Course, 2014 
    • Contributing Author, Chapter 18 – Procedures and Remedies Under Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, Chapter 24 – Discrimination Based on National Origin, Religion and Other Grounds, Texas Employment Law (James Publishing, Inc.), 2016
    • Co-Author/Speaker – Service Contract Act: An Overview, Section 4(c) and Federal Enclaves, AFL-CIO Lawyer Coordinating Committee's 34th Annual Union Lawyers Conference, 2015
    • Co-Author/Speaker – Recent Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act, The University of Texas School of Law 22nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2015
    • Author/Speaker – Recent Developments in Whistleblower Retaliation Law, Texas Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Fall 2015
    • Co-Author/Speaker – Recent Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act, The University of Texas School of Law 23rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2016
    • Co-Author/Speaker – Strikes and Lockouts and Practical Bargaining Tips, The Center for American and International Law 54th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration

    Representative Clients:

    • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America; SEIU Texas; United Food and Commercial Workers Union; Teamsters Local Union 767

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • State Bar of Texas Best Legal Writing Award for 2007

    Educational Background:

    • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. with Honors, Major : English Literature, 1973

    Industry Groups

    • Labor Organizations
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    Office Location for Rod Tanner

    6300 Ridglea Place
    Fort Worth, TX 76116-5706

    Phone: 866-946-9626

    Fax: 817-377-1136

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