Michael J. DePonte: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Michael J. DePonte

Shareholder and Office Litigation Manager
Austin,  TX  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Wage and Hour
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Public Sector
University University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1992; University of Texas at Perman Basin, B.A., 1993
Law SchoolSouth Texas College of Law, J.D., 1997
Admitted1997, Texas, Virgin Islands and U.S. District Court, District of Virgin Islands; 1998, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1999, U.S. District Court, Southern and Western Districts of Texas; 2002, U.S. Supreme Court; 2007, Colorado (inactive) and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

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American Bar Association


Michael J. DePonte is a Shareholder in the Dallas, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Litigation Manager for the Dallas office. He is Board Certified in both Labor and Employment Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Of the approximately 90,000 attorneys that are licensed in the State of Texas, only 29 are Board Certified in both of these areas.

Mr. DePonte has extensive litigation and trial background having tried numerous cases in state and federal courts in Texas. Mr. DePonte's practice focuses on the litigation of employment claims, wage and hour claims and collective actions, class actions, and civil rights claims under state and federal law. Mr. DePonte has defended national and regional employers on a broad range of employment-related issues including class actions. He has represented employers before numerous federal and state agencies, and has handled trials and appeals in federal and state courts.

Mr. DePonte also provides his clients with general advice and counseling on a broad range of employment and labor issues, prepares and presents training seminars to clients, and has prepared materials for and presented lectures at multiple employment law seminars and human resources workshops.

Following his completion of law school, Mr. DePonte accepted a position as an attorney with a private firm in the United States Virgin Islands where he is licensed to practice in the territorial and federal courts. Upon returning to the states, he accepted a position as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas in the Law Enforcement Defense Division where he represented state law enforcement agencies and officials in civil rights and employment litigation and appeals. Mr. DePonte has successfully tried and arbitrated numerous cases and represented clients at all levels from administrative investigations and proceedings to the United States Supreme Court.


November 11

Chicago, IL

Midwest Class Action Summit

November 11, 2015
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
University Club Of Chicago
76 E Monroe Street
Michigan Room, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Presented by leading attorneys with a wide range of class action expertise, this full-day CLE program will dive into (Also at Dallas Office)


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Michael J. DePonte

816 Congress Avenue, Suite 1530
AustinTX 78701


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