Representative Matters

Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP represents a broad range of employers in federal and state litigation from large, publicly-held companies to small non-profit organizations and start-ups. Many of our clients are multi-state and even multi-national employers with operations in Texas. As an employment-focused boutique law firm, our attorneys provide specialized legal representation at competitive rates.

We have represented employers in contract disputes, including non-compete disputes; discrimination and retaliation cases under state and federal law; and wage and hour disputes. While many litigation matters are resolved through compromise out of court, some examples of recent litigation matters that were resolved on the merits favorably for our clients include:

Landrum v. Blackbird Enterprises, LLC, 214 F.Supp.3d 566 (S.D.Tex. 2016).

The firm secured dismissal of claims filed as a class action under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, alleging failure to provide pre-employment statutory notice of background checks.  The case was based on one of the first reported applications of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S.Ct. 1540  (2016).

Jesse Searcy v. T.F.R. Enteprises, Inc., 2016 W.L. 7479158 (W.D.Tex. 2016).

The firm successfully defended summary judgement in a Fair Labor Standards Act matter.

Smart v. Seton Healthcare, Case No. Case No. D-!-GN-14-004879, in the 98th Judicial District Court, Travis County, Texas (jury verdict January 2016).

The firm secured a unanimous defense verdict for employer after a jury trial in a whistleblower retaliation case.

Meyer v. Seton Family of Healthcare, Case No. 1:14-CV-123-LY, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division (Apr. 2, 2015).

The firm obtained a summary judgment for the employer in a case involving a wide range of discrimination claims.

Copple v. AT&T Services, Inc., Case No. 1:13-cv-00744-SS, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division (Oct. 10, 2014).

The firm secured summary judgment for the employer on all claims in a disability discrimination case.

Young v. Austin Materials, LLC et al, Case No. 1:12-CV-01006-SS, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division (Jun. 20, 2013).

The firm secured dismissal of the discrimination claims by a former employee for failure to state a claim in the complaint that he filed.

Taylor et al v. Seton Healthcare, Case No. 1:10-CV-00650-AWA, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division (jury verdict March 2012), mag. opinion recommending partial summary judgment published at 2012 WL 13680 (Jan. 3, 2012).

After securing a partial summary judgment for the hospital employer in a case involving Title VII claims by multiple plaintiffs, the firm secured a complete defense verdict for employer after a jury trial.

Clark v. Williamson County, Case No. 1:10-CV-00869-LY, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, mag. op. recommending summary judgment published 2012 WL 1222950 (Apr. 11, 2012), trial court decision aff’d, 538 Fed. Appx. 579, 2013 WL 4400890 (5th Cir. Aug. 16, 2013).

The firm represented the county employer in a FLSA collective action that involved a class of 100+ EMS workers. After obtaining summary judgment at the trial court level, the firm also successfully defended the judgment on appeal.

Hester v. Williamson County, Tex., A-12-CV-190-LY, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, mag. opinion recommending summary judgment published at, 2013 WL 4482918 (Aug. 21, 2013).

The firm obtained a summary judgment on behalf of the county employer in a case involving ADA and FMLA claims.

Aquart v. Ascension Health Info. Services, A-09-CA-804-AWA, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, 2011 WL 233587 (Jan. 24, 2011).

The firm secured summary judgment on behalf of the employer on all claims in a case involving causes of action under the ADA and FMLA.

Vasquez v. PMB Enterprises West, Inc., Case No. 08-01555-PHX-NVW in the U.S. District Court for Arizona, Phoenix Division, order granting partial summary judgment published at 2010 WL 3419451 (Aug. 26, 2010), findings of fact and conclusions of law issued March 22, 2011.

The firm secured a complete defense verdict in a bench trial for a restaurant employer in an age and national origin discrimination case, after obtaining a partial summary judgment.

Tabenske v. NSO, Inc., Case No. 2:07-CV-12594-GCS-RSW, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, order granting partial summary judgment published at 2009 WL 36482 (Jan. 6, 2009), jury verdict entered Jun 15, 2009.

After obtaining a partial summary judgment on some of the plaintiff’s claims, the firm secured a complete defense verdict after a jury trial on the plaintiff’s Title VII claims.