“Clients appreciate that I’m a good listener and easy to talk to. It makes things go much more smoothly and efficiently.”
Kindall James is a labor and employment lawyer who helps her clients resolve difficult HR and personnel issues that run the gamut from employees sending inappropriate emails, text messages, and strange pictures to one another, to more serious issues involving workplace violence and threats. She counsels employers, business owners and managers, and defends them in a wide variety of employment-related disputes in the state and federal courts of Texas and Louisiana. This includes defending employers against claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ERISA, and other federal and state laws. Kindall also handles claims involving non-compete agreements, trade secrets, and unfair trade practices and competition.
Kindall has helped her clients secure summary judgments dismissing baseless employment claims in numerous cases. She has also helped them make smart decisions about when to settle a dispute. For example, one of her clients was accused of discrimination based on race. After investigating the claim, Kindall determined that there were potentially damaging facts and was able to assist the client with reaching a settlement of the dispute for a nuisance value before it progressed to litigation.
Kindall also often assists employers with what she likes to call “defensive drafting” of key policies, personnel forms, and disciplinary documents that can help put employers in a better position in the event that they are sued by their employees.
Companies and industry groups often invite Kindall to speak on current labor and employment issues, and she is frequently published on employment law topics.
“My clients aren’t industry-specific,” Kindall explained. “I represent a lot of oil and gas companies because that’s an important part of our regional economy; however, I also work with clients in the hospitality, engineering, construction, and other sectors.”
“Thomas J. McGoey II was the lead attorney, and Kindall James was second chair. In all of my years working with attorneys, I rank these two from Liskow & Lewis at the top.” – Best Lawyers Client Comment, Commercial Litigation, 2023