Mr. James Michael Cleary, Jr.

Mr. James Michael Cleary, Jr.: Attorney with Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P.
Attorney Awards


Jim represents employers on all issues concerning the relationship between employee and employer, including discrimination, retaliation, and harassment; covenants not to compete and misappropriation of trade secrets; wrongful termination; wage and hour issues, including failure to pay overtime and misclassification of employees; breach of fiduciary duty and confidence; and breach of employment agreements and contracts. He actively represents employers in federal and state court, arbitration proceedings, and before administrative agencies. In addition, Jim provides counseling to his clients on these issues, including drafting policies, procedures, and agreements relating to all phases of employment. He also handles other forms of complex commercial disputes, both in state and federal courts and in arbitration, as well as prior to the initiation of litigation. Jim also provides corporate assistance to clients, including counseling and drafting relating to company formation and all types of commercial agreements.


Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P., May 2001 - present

CEMEX, Inc., Houston, Texas, September 1998 - May 2001

Bracewell & Patterson, L.L.P., Houston, Texas, August 1992 - September, 1998


Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Honors & Awards

Named to the Texas Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers , a Thomson Reuters business, as featured in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines (2011-2019)

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

•2012 MDJW Central Texas Insurance Seminar
November 9, 2012

Community/Civic Activities

Regent, Concordia University-Texas, 2014 - Present

Reconciler, Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, 2004 - 2016

(Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization).

Areas of Practice (24)

  • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitrations under Individual and Collective Agreements
  • Business Torts
  • Civil Rights Claims
  • Class and Collective Actions
  • Client Seminars and Supervisor Training
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate, Partnership, and Securities Litigation
  • Department of Labor Investigations/Wage and Hour Disputes
  • EEOC / Civil Rights Division Investigations
  • Employee Benefits and ERISA
  • Employee Discipline
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Documents and Policies
  • Employment Practices
  • Executive Compensation
  • Human Resource Counseling
  • Human Resource Training
  • Labor and Employment
  • Labor and Employment Counseling and Litigation
  • National Labor Relations Board Issues
  • Non-Competition and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and Other Whistleblower Claims
  • Sexual Harassment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
713.632.1775  Phone
University Attended:
Texas A & M University, B.A., 1987
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia, J.D., 1992
Year of First Admission:
Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; Texas Eastern District Court; Texas Eastern Bankruptcy Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1992, Texas

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

Houston Bar Association

Birth Information:
Boston, Massachusetts, October 8, 1965
( Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization )

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (1 review)
Peer Reviewed
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  • Analytical Capability

  • Judgment

  • Communication

  • Legal Experience


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Dallas, Texas

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