“My clients say they appreciate my responsiveness and my encyclopedic knowledge of labor and employment law. The breadth and depth of the insights I am able to give my clients on legal issues comes from a lot of hard work over 30-plus years of practice. Each morning I come into the office early to spend at least a couple of hours reading recent court opinions, agency updates, and other sources to keep myself up to date on current developments and to anticipate trends that may impact employers. Clients around the country know that if they have a difficult issue they can call me first and are quite likely to get the answer they need immediately.”
With more than three decades of experience and the recipient of numerous honors by prominent publications and ranking agencies, Dennis Duffy concentrates exclusively on representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law matters. Viewing prompt responsiveness and thorough preparation as the hallmarks of his practice, Dennis ensures that he is always available to provide salient approaches to clients’ workplace challenges.
Dennis provides strategic advice and advocates for clients in a variety of industries including energy, construction, technology, and financial services, representing them in Texas and other states throughout the country. In addition, he handles many executive employment issues, advising management and boards on legal issues related to hiring, contracts, and other employment issues involving high-level executives. He draws on a rich professional background that includes serving as general counsel and in roles in government and academia. In addition to his labor and employment law expertise, Dennis is a nationally recognized speaker and author in the area of evidentiary privileges and legal ethics.
Dennis constantly monitors the ever-changing employment law landscape to anticipate how to best apply new developments and cutting-edge strategies to his clients’ particular problems. He believes in frequent and effective communication and explains issues in plain English rather than legalese so clients thoroughly understand their options and any potential consequences. In the courtroom, Dennis crafts narratives that juries find both clear and compelling.
When defending clients in litigation, Dennis always takes their overall strategic goals into account in advising them about whether to fight or settle matters. He works diligently to help clients reduce the overall incidence of claims, assess the probability that any claims brought will be successful, and increase the likelihood that issues can be resolved efficiently, with the smallest amount of legal spend possible to get a favorable outcome.
Away from the Office
Dennis loves to spend time with his family and large and close-knit extended family. He is also a fan of biographies and a New York Times crossword puzzle addict.
With over three decades of experience, Dennis has held the following positions:
- Houston Firm: Chair, Management Labor and Employment Practice Group
- Time Warner Inc.: Vice President and Associate General Counsel and Chief Counsel, Labor and Employment
- University of Houston System/University of Houston: General Counsel
- U.S. Office of Compliance: General Counsel
- University of Houston Law Center: Professor of Law
- University of Virginia School of Law: Visiting Professor of Law
- San Antonio Firm: Management Labor and Employment Lawyer
- San Francisco Firm: Management Labor and Employment Lawyer
- Law Clerk for the Honorable George P. Kazen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Dennis is board-certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and ranked in Chambers USA as a “Leading Lawyer.”
- College of Labor and Employment Lawyers – Fellow
- National Employment Law Institute – Chair, Board of Directors
- Children at Risk: Advisory Board