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Nate practices in the firm's Litigation Section. He is licensed to practice before all Texas state courts and the United States District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. He is also licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Labor & Employment Law

Nate is experienced in resolving employment, confidential information, intellectual property, and trade secrets disputes through his representation of employers and employees. He has successfully represented clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), the Department of Labor, the Texas Workforce Commission, and in state and federal courts.  Nate represents employers in connection with disputes arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) , the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”).  Nate also has experience investigating and defending claims, lawsuits and collective actions regarding overtime issues.   In addition, Nate has drafted employment handbooks and policies, employment contracts, master service agreements, severance agreements, confidentiality agreements, covenants not to compete and other transactional/contractual matters arising in the employment context. Nate has also generally advised clients in hiring, termination and employee counseling situations, including the classification of individuals as employees or independent contractors, for both new and established businesses. 

Oil and Gas Litigation

Nate represents clients involved in oil and gas related disputes. On behalf of corporate and individual clients, he both prosecutes and defends suits involving operating agreements, area of mutual interest contracts, master service agreements, oil and gas leases and royalty payments.

General Civil Litigation

Nate has experience litigating commercial and contractual disputes. He has successfully resolved lawsuits through trial, summary judgment and voluntary settlement for individuals, corporations, and governmental entities in cases involving contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, collection matters, products liability, commercial tort/DTPA lawsuits, fraud, misrepresentation and oil and gas lease termination. Nate also has a broad range of litigation experience involving private and public employment disputes, civil rights claims and defending governmental entities. He also has a wide array of experience with family and marital property law issues involving extensive and complex marital estates

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Govt Entity
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Oil & Gas Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2015

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Superior Academic Achievement - Commercial Law
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Superior Academic Achievement - Texas Criminal Procedure
  • Texas A&M University
    • B. S. Journalism - 2003

Published Works

  • Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act Update,, Sterling Education Employment Law Update Seminar, Midland, Texas, 2009
  • Critical Issues in FLSA/Wage and Hour Laws, Sterling Education 10th Annual Essentials of Employment Law Seminar, 2016
  • Speaker, Privacy and Today’s Technology in the Workplace, Sterling Education 10th Annual Essentials of Employment Law Seminar, 2016

Representative Cases

  • Nieto v. Permian Basin Cmty. Centers for MHMR, 11-13-00012-CV, 2014 WL 358394 (Tex. App.—Eastland Jan. 30, 2014, no. pet. h.)
  • Walton v. City of Midland, 409 S.W.3d 926, 928 (Tex. App.—Eastland 2013, pet. denied)

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act Update, Sterling Education Employment Law Update Seminar, Midland, Texas, 2009
  • Speaker, Critical Issues in FLSA/Wage and Hour Laws, Sterling Education 10th Annual Essentials of Employment Law Seminar, 2016 to Present
  • Speaker, Privacy and Today’s Technology in the Workplace, Sterling Education 10th Annual Essentials of Employment Law Seminar, 2016 to Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Midland County Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Midland County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Americans with Diabetes Association of Midland, Board Member
  • Midland College Paralegal Advisory Committee, Board Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • TallTownes Entertainment
  • Bush Tennis Center, Board Member