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C. Lee Winkelman

Managing Member


Having practiced employment law since 2003, Mr. Winkelman understands that for every legal problem an employer faces, there can be a unique business solution. Mr. Winkelman leverages this understanding in drafting HR policies and agreements designed to achieve his clients’ strategic business and risk management goals. Mr. Winkelman also regularly represents employers in EEOC and DOL investigations as well as in disputes before judges, juries, and arbitrators. Mr. Winkelman has also served as outside general counsel for several companies, advising them on day-to-day legal issues.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Winkelman practiced commercial litigation in addition to employment law at some of the largest law firms in the world, representing some of the largest companies in the world. So while Mr. Winkelman’s litigation practice focuses on employment disputes, he also represents business clients in business, construction, and commercial disputes.

Mr. Winkelman regularly writes on employment-law topics for publications such as the Texas State Bar Journal, the Houston Business Journal, the Texas Bar Journal, and the Texas Lawyer. He also regularly gives talks on employment-law topics to audiences at HR and employment-law conferences.

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  • Southern Methodist University
    JD, cum laude, 2003
    SMU Law Review Association, Comment Editor
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    BA in Philosophy with honors, 1999
    Plan I Liberal Arts Honors
    Texas Exes, Life Member
  • Co-Author, How to Handle Digital Damage Control, Texas Lawyer—In House Focus, May 1, 2017
  • Co-Author, Escargot and Employee Lawsuits, Texas Lawyer, Dec. 12, 2016
  • Co-Author, Off-the-Clock Overtime Pay Class Lawsuits: It Only Takes One (Disgruntled Ex-Employee), Corporate Counsel Review, Nov. 30, 2016
  • Co-Author, Early Christmas for Plaintiffs’ Overtime Counsel, Texas Lawyer, Nov. 1, 2016
  • Co-Author, Open Letter to a Data Thief (Turned Federal Defendant), Texas Lawyer, June 22, 2016
  • Co-Author, If Tolerance for Religious Expression in Public is Waning, What Does That Mean for the Workplace?, Texas Lawyer, May 10, 2016
  • Co-Author, Overtime Pay Front and Center, Texas Lawyer, April 20, 2016
  • Co-Author, Department of Labor Retools Joint Employment, State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter, Winter 2016
  • Co-Author, Longer Reach has Advantages in Venue Selection, Texas Lawyer, Dec. 21, 2015
  • Co-Author, People Problems in Deals, Corporate Counsel Review, Nov. 2, 2015
  • Co-Author, Emmy Red Carpets and HR Investigation Reports, Texas Lawyer, Oct. 12, 2015
  • Co-Author, When the Other Guy’s Employees Are Yours Too, State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter, Summer 2015
  • Co-Author, Avoid Costly Litigation by Staying up to Date on Slurs, Texas Lawyer, Sept. 7, 2015
  • Contributor, Employment Discrimination Law (5th Ed.), 2015 Cumulative Supplement, Chapter 15—Retaliation, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, BNA 2015
  • Co-Author, Rethink Non-Competes to Keep Them Afloat During Injunctions, Texas Lawyer, Sep. 9, 2014
  • Co-Author, Learn from DOL’s Audits in the Oil Patch, Texas Lawyer, June 9, 2014
  • Co-Author, Make Forum Selection Like Barbeque, Texas Lawyer, March 17, 2014
  • Co-Author, Year in Review 2008: Labor & Employment Law, Texas Bar Journal, January 2009 (discussing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008)
  • Co-Author, How to Successfully Navigate Through the Mine Field of Noncompetition Agreement and Trade Secret Protection in Today’s Environment, published in materials for Dallas Bar Association "Labor and Employment Law Section Update," June 2008
  • Co-Author, Texas Case Serves as Warning for Disloyal Employees Jumping Ship, Houston Business Journal, January 2008
  • Co-Author, Protecting Secret Information in Open Courts, published in materials for "Litigation in the High Tech Industry Conference," State Bar of Texas, March 2004.
  • Author, Bibby v. Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Same-Sex Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: The Third Circuit Forecloses the Possibility of Equal Treatment for Homosexuals under Title VII, 54 SMU L. Rev. 1825. Second Place, SMU Law Review Case Note competition.
  • Speaker, HR Optics, HR Houston—Gulf Coast Symposium, May 12, 2017
  • Speaker, Overtime Pay: Sleepless in San Antonio, HR Southwest—SHRM Conference for the Southwest US, Oct. 19, 2016
  • Speaker, When the Other Guy’s Employees Are Yours Too, HR Southwest—SHRM Conference for the Southwest US, Oct. 18, 2016
  • Speaker, HR Optics, HR Southwest—SHRM Conference for the Southwest US, Oct. 17, 2016
  • Speaker, HR Legal Lessons from the Oil Patch, Montgomery County Bar Association, Law Day, May 6, 2016
  • Speaker, Employment Law Update, The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, First Friday Luncheon, April 1, 2016
  • Speaker, Overtime Pay Nightmares: Don’t Lose Sleep, Texas CPA Society, Expo, Dec. 11, 2015
  • Speaker, Investigations on the Record (Strictly), The Woodlands Bar Association, Annual Employment Law Update, Nov. 6, 2015
  • Speaker, Overtime Compliance for CPA’s and Finance Executives, Houston CPA Society, Spring Accounting Expo, May 18, 2015
  • Speaker, Love Gone Sour: HR Legal Troubles that Spoil M&A, M&A Forum Luncheon, Apr. 28, 2015
  • Speaker, Can You Keep a Secret? Protecting Company Resources Under TUTSA, The Woodlands Bar Association, Annual Employment Law Update, Nov. 7, 2014
  • Speaker, Forward HR Intelligence: Get There First, Texas CPA Society, CPE by the Sea, June 24, 2014
  • Speaker, Employment Law Considerations During COVID-19, The Woodlands Online Between the Trees Business Talk, April 22, 2020
  • The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce—Employment Law Update
    • Chair—2016
    • Co-Chair—2015
  • The Woodlands Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Directors—2016 to 2018
    • President-Elect and Employment Law Update Liaison—2020 to present
  • The Woodlands United Methodist Church
    • Mission Team to Uspantan, Guatemala—2015 to present