We pride ourselves on our reputation for excellence and professionalism. This is perhaps best reflected in the many referrals we receive from both our opposing counsel, our competitors, and the number of law firm clients we represent.

Our firm has been recognized every year since 2011 in the U.S. News & World Report / Best Lawyers® listing of “Best Law Firms, ” with Top Tier Ranking for Austin, in the categories of Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management, every year since 2013 for Labor & Employment Litigation, and every year since 2017 for Employment Law – Individuals.

In recent years, each of the named partners has been a recognized “Lawyer of the Year” as listed by Best Lawyers in America© and Woodward/White, Inc.

2014 “Lawyer of the Year”– Austin
Connie Cornell: Labor Law – Management
Ted Smith:  Employment Law – Management

2015 “Lawyer of the Year”– Austin
Scott Brutocao:  Labor & Employment Litigation
Steve Mierl:  Employment Law – Management

2016 “Lawyer of the Year”– Austin
Steve Mierl:  Labor & Employment Litigation

2018 “Lawyer of the Year”– Austin
Steve Mierl:  Labor & Employment Litigation

2019 “Lawyer of the Year” – Austin
Steve Mierl:  Employment Law – Management

2021 “Lawyer of the Year” – Austin
Ted Smith:  Labor Law – Management
Connie Cornell:  Employment Law – Management

All of our attorneys are members of the Austin and Texas Bar Associations and actively involved in supporting our legal community. Connie CornellTed Smith, Steven Mierl, and Susan Burton have been elected and served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Austin Bar Association, and during their term as Section Chair, also served on the Board of the Austin Bar Association. Susan Burton has chaired the Travis County Women Lawyers Foundation and the Labor and Employment Law Advisory Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Andrew Broadaway has served as Vice-President of the Austin Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is on the “Fellows” nomination committee for the Texas Bar Foundation.  Our attorneys have supported local pro bono efforts, including volunteering for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, where both Susan Burton and Connie Cornell served on the Board for over a decade, including Susan Burton’s two terms as Chair.

Collectively, our attorneys are frequently invited to speak on a variety of employment law topics to industry associations, human resource professionals, and at continuing education programs for attorneys, addressing a wide variety of employment-related topics.  Our attorneys have been repeated guest lecturers at the University of Texas School of Law, where Andrew Broadaway has also served as an Adjunct Professor.