Russell D. Cawyer

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Fort Worth, Texas

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Russell D. Cawyer
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor

Licensed in Texas since: 1995

Education: Texas Tech University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2009

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

201 Main Street
Suite 2500
Fort Worth, TX 76102 Phone: 817-878-3562 Email: Russell D. Cawyer Visit website


Russell D. Cawyer is a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. Mr. Cawyer’s practice focuses exclusively on labor and employment-related legal matters, including litigation in federal and state courts; administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor, the Texas Workforce Commission - Civil Rights Division, the National Labor Relations Board (including defending both charges of unfair labor practices and representation election proceedings); and proceedings before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other state fair employment practices agencies.

First Admitted: 1995, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Mr. Cawyer is the publisher of the Texas Employment Law Update.
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, 2009-2022, Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2015-2023, Best Lawyers in America®, Best Lawyers in America®
  • Top Attorney in Labor & Employment Law and Worker's Compensation, 360 West magazine, 2017-2023, Top Attorney in Labor & Employment Law and Worker's Compensation, 360 West magazine
  • Selected as a Top Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine in Labor and Employment Law, 2004-2023, Top Attorney, Fort Worth Magazine
  • Rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell "Peer Review Rated", Rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell "Peer Review Rated", Martindale-Hubbell
  • Honored as one of Fort Worth's "40 Under 40" by the Fort Worth Business Press, 40 Under 40, Fort Worth Business Press
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star in Texas Labor and Employment Law by Thomson Reuters, 2005-2009, Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star , Thomson Reuters
Educational Background:
  • University of North Texas, B.S., cum laude, 1992
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Association
  • Women's Center Tarrant County, Inc., Board
  • State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Secretary, 2010 - present
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization --Labor and Employment Law
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Goesling v. American Airlines, Inc., 342-314565-20, 352nd Judicial District Court, Tarrant County, Texas (May 12, 2022) (obtained defense jury verdict in multi-week sexual assault case filed by flight attendant and seeking $26.5M in damages), 2022
  • Michalak v. BNSF Railway Co., 96-299451-18, 96th Judicial District Court, Tarrant County, Texas (Nov. 11, 2021) (obtained defense jury verdict in an age discrimination case filed by former employee seeking $2.2M), 2021
  • McIver v. American Eagle Airlines, Inc., 4:08-CV-740-A, In the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (January 19, 2010) (lead trial attorney obtaining a defense verdict in the jury trial of an age discrimination claim filed by former employee), 2010
  • Franco v. Pier 1 Imports (U.S.), Inc., 2008 WL 4217848 (C.D. Cal, Sept. 11, 2008) (opinion granting summary judgment in breach of contract and disability discrimination case applying California State law) , 2008
  • Rodriguez v. American Eagle Airlines, Inc., Cause No. 2008-541,950, 99th Judicial District Court, Lubbock, County, Texas (July 2, 2009) (Lead trial attorney obtaining defense verdict in jury trial of age, sex and race discrimination and retaliation claims filed by former employee), 2009
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
Industry Groups:
  • Airline
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Transportation

Office location for Russell D. Cawyer

201 Main Street
Suite 2500
Fort Worth, TX 76102


15 Years Super Lawyers
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  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2009

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