Image: Brett Holubeck
Brett
Brett A. Holubeck
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77002

Overview

Brett Holubeck is a labor and employment lawyer practicing in the firm’s Houston office.

Brett takes a practical approach to solving problems. He believes in preventing labor and employment issues before they turn into lawsuits. To do this, he works closely with clients to understand the requirements and desires of their businesses and devise solutions that are adapted to their specific needs.  Where possible, he conducts client visits to meet with supervisors, HR professionals, and other members of management to assess strengths and help companies improve. He believes that good preventative measures such as training and effective policies not only helps companies avoid lawsuits but enables them to improve their business and employee morale. As the son of a small business owner, Brett understands the importance of having the right policies and practices in place so businesses can do what they do best: serve their customers and clients.

Brett helps businesses identify their problems, determine solutions, and apply practical approaches whether the issue is related to employee discipline or a question concerning labor unions and everything in-between. He works with employers to look beyond legal solutions and adopts a holistic approach to solving any workplace issue that arises. He has experience handling and addressing wage and hour, discrimination, sexual harassment, disability, employee leave, and traditional labor issues.

In addition, Brett is the author and creator of the Texas Labor Law Blog, a labor and employment law blog that discusses some of the most important issues for business owners, supervisors, and HR professionals.

Finally, Brett is a frequent speaker on a variety of labor and employment topics. His most popular topics remain those that help companies prevent problems before they occur and respond to them when they do: “How to Discipline and Terminate Employees” and “How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation.” These topics form the foundation of documenting employment problems and issues to effectively create a record that can help defend a company in a lawsuit.

Experience

  • Withdrew recognition from a union that represented employees after they presented a petition for the union to no longer represent them. Defended unfair labor practice charges alleging that the company made unilateral changes to terms and conditions of employment prior to the withdrawal of recognition.

  • Defended unfair labor practice charges against a food processing company with more than 30 separate allegations, which involved a workplace slowdown, alleged threats by supervisors, changes to company policies during a union organizing campaign, and alleged surveillance by supervisors.

  • Obtained a dismissal with prejudice for wage and hour and disability claims in an arbitration involving a food processing company.

  • Conducted a workplace investigation and drafted statement of position for an unfair labor practice investigation that was withdrawn by the charging party after no evidence was found to support the allegations.

  • Settled unfair labor practice charges, which resulted in the company not needing to post a notice at the jobsite admitting any wrongdoing.

  • Obtained a withdrawal by the union of its petition for a representative election. 

  • Drafted affirmative action plans for federal contractors detailing various methods to improve diversity in the organization.

  • Conducted reductions in force to ensure that essential personnel were kept and the reduction used objective criteria.

  • Trained various members of management on common labor and employment law issues including employee discipline and termination, conducting a workplace investigation, employee drug use, wage and hour mistakes, the National Labor Relations Act, and other issues.

Involvement

Professional

  • Houston Young Lawyers Association – Leadership Academy Class of 2017

  • Houston Young Lawyers Association – Nonprofit Committee Co-Chair 2018 - present

  • HR Houston – Member

Community

  • Teach For America Alum

  • Eagle Scout

Recognition

  • LexBlog Excellence Awards Best ‘How-To’ Post 2019

  • Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition, Awarded Best Brief 2015

  • Innovation, Business, and Law Award (excellence in the area of business law), Iowa College of Law 2015

  • Van Oosterhout-Baskerville Domestic Competition (invitation-only competition, top 32 students out of 155), Competitor

  • Appellate Advocacy Competition, Awarded Best Brief for the State and Top Overall Advocate

  • College of Law’s Baskerville Traveling Team, Competitor

  • Journal of Corporation Law, Senior Note and Comment Editor

Presentations

After Hours

When he’s not reading, writing, or lawyering - Brett’s primary role is as husband and father where he enjoys many non-legal adventures.