News

  • Scott Brutocao outlines anti-harassment practices for both employers and workers in the age of #MeToo. Click here to read the full article.

  • Martin Rodriguez has been identified as a 2018 “Texas Rising Star” in the field of Labor and Employment Law by Super Lawyers.

  • Scott Brutocao shares the impact on company policies from the recent T-Mobile USA, Inc. v. NLRB decision in “Court Gives Common-Sense Relief on Workplace Conduct Policies.” Click here to read the full article.

  • The name partners are to be recognized in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America©Steven Mierl has now been named Austin’s “Lawyer of the Year” on three occasions:  2018 & 2016 – Labor and Employment Litigation; 2015 – Employment Law – Management.

  • Connie Cornell, Ted Smith, Steve Mierl, and Scott Brutocao, based on their recognition in the 2017 Best Lawyers in America©, were recently listed in the “Best Lawyers in Texas,” published by The Wall Street Journal, Texas edition, June 2017.

  • Steve Mierl and Connie Cornell received the 2017 Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Judicial Edition Award for the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary.

  • The firm has been recognized as a member of the 100 Club for its support of the Austin Bar Association’s missions and programs.

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  • Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao is a proud sponsor of the Small Law Roundtable for the Austin Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Small Law Department.  On July 20, 2017, Steve Mierl and Scott Brutocao will present, “The Trump Effect:  What Effect Will the Trump Administration Have on My Workforce?”  Click here for information.

  • The Austin Human Resource Management Association hosts its 2017 Annual Conference July 27-28, where Connie Cornell will present “Gender Issues in the Workplace.”

  • On September 8, 2017, Connie Cornell will co-present the popular one-day course, “Essential Employment Law:  A Practical Course in the Basics,” sponsored by University of Texas Law CLE.  This course is intended for lawyers and HR professionals.  Ms. Cornell has been a member of this program’s faculty since the course was first offered 15 years ago.  See the schedule and register at https://utcle.org/conferences/EE17.

  • Connie Cornell and Ted Smith will provide an Employment Law Update for the Austin CPA Chapter’s 2017 CFO / Controllers Conference, to be held on September 21, 2017 at the Norris Conference Center.

  • Steve Mierl presented an employment law update for public employers at the May 17, 2017 County and District Clerks Legal Education Program sponsored by University of Texas Law CLE.

  • Ted Smith and Connie Cornell presented “Facing a Wage & Hour Audit by the U.S. Department of Labor” on April 18, 2017, to the Small Law Roundtable for the Austin Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Small Law Department.

  • Martin Rodriguez presented at the February 1, 2017 Austin Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, on the topic of “Sharpening Your Employment Law Skills: Update, Technology, Settlements, and Trials.”

  • Andrew Broadaway explores employer data privacy concerns and the steps counsel must take in response to a data breach incident. Click here to read the full article or read it on the Federal Bar Association website.

  • Scott Brutocao presented “California Law for Texas Employers” on Thursday, January 18, 2017 at the Norris Conference Center in Austin, TX.  Click here for more information.

  • Betsy Chestney selected to be United States Magistrate Judge. Read more

  • Connie Cornell, Ted Smith, Steven Mierl, Scott Brutocao and Betsy Chestney recognized as 2016 Texas Super Lawyers.

  • The name partners were named to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America for their work in Employment and Labor Law for Individuals and Management and Labor and Employment litigation. This is Scott Brutocao’s 10th year to be recognized on the list.

  • Connie Cornell and Betsy Chestney discuss Austin’s new Fair Ordinance Act and its effect on background checks for employers. Click here to watch the presentation.

  • Ted Smith shares the impact of the Department of Labor’s new overtime protections.

  • Scott Brutocao explains the new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act and how employers can comply with the new requirements. Click here to watch the presentation.

  • The firm earned a Tier 1 Best Law Firm ranking for labor and employment litigation, labor law for management and employment law for management in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.

  • Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao will be hosting a seminar on three important recent developments in employment law, including the Department of Labor’s expansion of overtime protection, Austin’s Fair Chance Ordinance, and The New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act.  Registration is free, but space is limited and priority will be given to current CSMB clients. Consult the CSMB_Breakfast_Brochure for details.

  • Connie Cornell and Betsy Chestney presented at the Texas Electrical Cooperatives 31st Annual Human Resource Conference, San Marcos, Texas, in May 2016.

  • Ted Smith presented at the 2016 Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo on the changes to the DOL overtime rules.

  • Betsy Chestney and Steve Mierl presented at the University of Texas 23rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference May 3-4, 2016 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

  • Scott Brutocao presented “California Employment Law for Texas Lawyers” at the Texas Bar’s 24th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Westin Hotel Galleria in Dallas.  Click here for more information.

  • Steven Mierl was named the 2016 Austin “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor and Employment Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America. The name partners were also recognized for their work in Employment Law for Individuals and Management, Management Labor Law and Labor and Employment Litigation.

  • Connie Cornell, Ted Smith, Steven Mierl, Scott Brutocao and Betsy Chestney earn 2015 Texas Super Lawyers recognition.

  • Steven Mierl and Scott Brutocao both recognized as Best Lawyers® 2015 Austin “Lawyer of the Year” – Mierl in Management Employment Law and Brutocao in Labor and Employment Litigation.

  • Cornell, Smith, Mierl, Brutocao and Betsy Chestney all named “Super Lawyers” by Texas Monthly in 2014.

  • Connie Cornell, Ted Smith, Steve Mierl, and Scott Brutocao have all been named Best Lawyers® 2014.

  • Connie Cornell and Ted Smith recognized for Best Lawyers® 2014 Austin “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor Law – Management and Employment Law – Management, respectively.