Robert G. Chadwick, Jr.

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Plano, TX

Seltzer Chadwick Soefje & Ladik, PLLC
 | 5851 Legacy Cir, Suite 600
Plano, TX 75024
Phone: 469-626-5180
Fax: 972-767-4246
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003, 2011 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (60%),
  • Employee Benefits (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (20%)
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    With more than three decades of rich legal experience under his belt, Robert G. Chadwick, Jr. stands out as a top name in employment and labor law, employment litigation and commercial litigation. Dedicated to providing full-service representation, Mr. Chadwick works diligently to achieve favorable results for his management clients in Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding region.

    Mr. Chadwick is a 1981 graduate of Emory University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1984, graduating cum laude. He completed mediation training at Northwestern University in 2017. He is licensed to practice in Texas and Georgia as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 10th and District of Columbia Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    A managing member at Seltzer Chadwick Soefje & Ladik, PLLC, since April 2015, Mr. Chadwick spent 10 years as shareholder at Campbell & Chadwick, P.C., prior to joining the firm. Throughout his career, he has achieved extensive recognition from his fellow professionals, including an AV Preeminent rating* from his peers though Martindale-Hubbell as well as a perfect 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo. Mr. Chadwick is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is an active member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the Claims & Litigation Managment Alliance, the American Bar Association and the Addison Rotary Club.

    Mr. Chadwick is the author of many legal publications on a variety of topics, such as retaliation claims, unemployment law and hiring ethics, and changes in deferred compensation. He lectures extensively at seminars and conferences throughout Texas and across the U.S. and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

    *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 Litigation: Defense
    • 20%Employee Benefits
    • 20%Employment & Labor: Employer
    Focus Areas

    Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer, Wage & Hour Laws, Labor Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2003, 2011 - 2021

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    About Robert Chadwick, Jr.

    Admitted: 1988, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law®, based upon a rating of 5.0 out of 5 (AV® Preeminent™), by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
    • Texas Top Rated Lawyers®

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified, Labor & Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1990-present

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • District of Columbia
    • Professional Liability Defense Federation, Vice Chair, EPLI Committee
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society ("PLUS"), Co-Chair, Chapter Development Committee, 2012-2015
    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2014-present
    • Texas, 1988
    • Texas Association of Business, Employment Relations Committee, 2007-present
    • U.S. District Courts for the Northern Districts of Texas
    • Dallas Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
    • American Bar Association
    • Professional Liability Editorial Board of the Journal of American Law, 2013 - 2016
    • Georgia, 1984
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society ("PLUS"), Chair of Steering Committee of Texas Chapter, 2008-2009
    • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern Districts of Texas
    • State Bar of Texas, Labor & Employment Law Section
    • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia
    • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Tenth Circuits
    • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth Circuits
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society ("PLUS"), Steering Committee of Texas Chapter, 2006-2013
    • DallasHR
    • U.S. District Courts for the Southern Districts of Texas

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • President, Addison Rotary Foundation (2010 - 2013); President-Elect, Addison Rotary Club (2017-present)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Panelist, "Cybersecurity: Preventing Disruption to You Business", ExponentHR, April 5, 2018 (Plano)
    • Author, "Unconscious Bias in the Workplace", Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Summer 2018
    • Speaker, "Surviving a Surprise OSHA Inspection", Texas Assoc. of Business/Society for Human Resource Management-Texas State Council (SHRM-TSC) Employment Relations Symposium, July 18, 2013 (San Antonio). 
    • Speaker, "Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era", Addison Rotary Club, April 6, 2018 (Addison), Dallas CPCU Society, Aug. 28, 2018 (Plano).
    • Speaker, "Joint Employment Liability", Wage & Hour ExecuSummit, Nov. 27, 2018 (Uncasville, CT)
    • Moderator, "Impact of the Economy on Employment Claims", Professional Liability Attorney Network, Feb. 13, 2013 (Scottsdale).
    • Speaker, "OSHA Compliance Strategies for Health Care Industry", North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association, Sept. 16, 2014 (Irving).  
    • Author, "Competing Protected Classes: Another Reason for the Supreme Court to Retire the McDonnell Douglas v. Green Framework",  JOURNAL OF AMERICAN LAW, Fall 2015     
    • Speaker, "Employee Benefits Defined Contribution Plans Update", ABA Taxation/RPTE 2015 Joint Fall CLE Meeting, Sept. 20, 2015 (Chicago).
    • Author, "Employee Non-Disclosure Agreements Post-Weinstein And #MeToo", Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Winter 2018.
    • Speaker, "OSHA Record-Keeping & How to Stay in Compliance", NBI Video Webinar, Altoona, Wisc., Dec. 20, 2017 
    • Author, "Fiduciary Liability: Beware! It's Open Season on ERISA Fiduciaries", INSURANCE JOURNAL, May 5, 2008.
    • Speaker, "Active Shooter Risks for Businesses and Employers in Texas" , CLM, Oct. 20, 2016 (Dallas); Collin County Bar Assoc., Sep. 15, 2017 (Plano). 
    • Author, "Ghosts Of 1866: U.S. Supreme Court Confirms Breadth Of Anti-Retaliation Laws Yet Again!",  PLUS JOURNAL, July 2008.
    • Speaker, "Advanced Employment Law", NBI, Nov. 15, 2017 (Dallas). 
    • Co-Author, "The Impending Sea Change in Deferred Compensation", PLUS JOURNAL, Aug. 2007. 
    • Author, "Are the Floodgates Open for Retaliation Claims?", PLUS JOURNAL, Oct. 2006.
    • Speaker, "Wage & Hour Claims: Hot Topics in 2008", Dallas Association of Insurance Professionals, 2008 (Dallas).
    • Speaker, "Employment Practices Liability", Monitor Liability Managers, Inc., 2008 (Dallas & Houston).  
    • Speaker, "Are you a Fiduciary and Do You Understand What You Have Gotten Yourself Into?", APEX/AIG, 2007 (Dallas).  
    • Speaker, "Wage & Hour Claims: A Practical Guide to Claim Resolution", National Business Institute, 2006 (Dallas).  
    • Moderator, "Liability and the Impact of the Subprime Credit Crisis on Underwriting", PLUS, 2009 (Dallas and Houston).
    • Speaker, "Prevent Human Resources Claims", National Business Institute, 2006 (Dallas).
    • Speaker, "Employment Practices Liability", Philadelphia Insurance Cos., 2006 (Dallas).
    • Speaker, "Joined at the Hip? New Legal Challenges for Staffing and Franchise Relationships", TAB/Texas SHRM Employment Relations Symposium, July 21, 2016 (San Antonio). 
    • Speaker, "ERISA Fiduciary Liability", Professional Liability Attorney Network, 2009 (Hartford).
    • Panelist, "Impact of the Economy on Employment Claims", PLUS, 2009 (Dallas). 
    • Author, "Electronic and Mobility Tools: Have You Lost Control of Your Trade Secrets?", WORLD INTELLLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION SME's NEWSLETTER, 2009.
    • Co-Author, "ERISA Preemption's Use to Cut Worker's Compensation Costs" (With Cynthia Stamer), Benefits Law Journal, June 1992
    • Speaker, "Prevailing Wage Law in Texas", Lorman Education Services, Feb. 23, 2010 (Dallas). 
    • Speaker, "Labor & Employment Law Update", Texas Society for Healthcare Human Resources, Administration & Education, April 10, 2010 (Brenham, Tx.).
    • Co-Author, "What Does Your DNA Say About You?", Dallas Bar Assoc. HEADNOTES Sept.2010, PLUS JOURNAL Oct. 2010.  
    • Panelist, "Networking Nightmares: How Internet Social and Professional Networks are Risky Business for Carriers and Insureds", PLUS, Sept. 22 and 23, 2010 (Dallas & Houston).
    • Author, "Is it Unlawful to Shun Unemployed Job-Seekers in Recruiting and Hiring?", PLUS JOURNAL, June 2011.
    • Speaker, "Strategies for Minimizing the Risk of an Employment Lawsuit", Dallas Human Resource Management Assoc., Aug. 24, 2011 (Dallas).
    • Author, "Why Are Obese Individuals Faring Better in Disability Discrimination Lawsuits?", PLUS JOURNAL, Sept. 2012. 
    • Panelist, “ERISA Fee Disclosure: Dawning of a New Era”, Roland/Criss, Oct. 23, 2012 (Dallas).
    • Speaker, "Record Retention for Employers", Dallas Human Resource Management Assoc., Oct. 20, 2011 (Dallas).
    • Author, Breaking Bad: The EEOC's New Credibility Gap, PLUS JOURNAL, Oct. 2013 


    • Successfully represented national construction company in resolving discrimination complaint filed by a terminated employee with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (2007)
    • Summary judgment in favor of national law firm employer in state court action alleging pregnancy discrimination (2010)
    • Case determinative sanction in favor of restaurant employer in sexual harassment case (2008)
    • Successful appeal in probate case of first impression, In re Estate of Boren, 268 S.W.3d 841 (Tex.App. - Texarkana 2008, pet. denied)
    • Successfully represented security company in audit by the Department of Labor regarding overtime pay for 50 security guards (2007)
    • Summary judgment in favor of law firm employer in state court action in Houston alleging age discrimination (2010)
    • Summary judgment in favor of church employer alleging breach of contract and fraud in employee benefit case (2014)
    • Case determinative sanction and sanctions award of $114,777.50 (collected in full) for frivolous lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duties (With Bruce Campbell) Johnson ex rel. Johnson v. Chesnutt, 225 S.W.3d 737 (Tex.App. - Dallas 2007, pet. denied)
    • Favorable jury verdict in Oklahoma collective action seeking overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Milburn, et al. v. Earth Grains Baking Companies, Inc., 2001 WL 34031 (W.D. Okla. Feb. 26, 2001)  
    • Dismissal with prejudice of ERISA claim brought against non-profit hospital employer with more than 17,000 employees (2006)
    • Summary judgment in favor of non-profit organization in suit by former employee alleging fraud and breach of contract (2014)
    • Sanders v. Baucum, 929 F.Supp. 1028 (N.D.Tex. 1996), aff'd, 134 F.3d 331 (5th Cir. 1998), cert. denied, 525 U.S. 868 (1998)
    • Summary judgment in favor of aircraft maintenance employer in federal case in Houston alleging ADA and FMLA violations (2008)


    • Represented management team of an IT company consisting of 16 officers and managers in $330 million acquisition by a publicly traded company (2007)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • One of "Texas' Top Rated Lawyers®" and a "Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law®", based upon a rating of 5.0 out of 5 (AV® Preeminent™), by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™.

    Educational Background:

    • Northwestern University, Mediation Certificate, 2017
    • Emory University, B.A., Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta, Vice President, 1981
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    Office Location for Robert G. Chadwick, Jr.

    5851 Legacy Cir
    Suite 600
    Plano, TX 75024

    Phone: 469-626-5180

    Fax: 972-767-4246

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