- General Employment Litigation
- Management Education
- Wage and Hour Compliance
- Public Sector Representation
- Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
|University ||University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1992; University of Texas at Perman Basin, B.A., 1993|
|Law School||South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1997|
|Admitted||1997, 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|
Michael J. DePonte is a Shareholder and the Litigation Manager for the Austin Office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. DePonte 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.
Mr. DePonte received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at the Permian Basin in 1993, and earned his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law 1997. Mr. DePonte is admitted to practice law in Texas, Colorado, United States Virgin Islands, U.S. District Courts (Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, Virgin Islands and Colorado), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
· Board Certified by the Texas State Board of Legal Specialization - Labor and Employment Law
· Board Certified by the Texas State Board of Legal Specialization - Civil Trial Law
Bar & Professional Association Memberships
American Bar Association
(Also at Dallas Office)
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