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Rachel D. Ziolkowski

 | Senior Counsel
rziolkowski@ghjhlaw.com
214-855-6842 direct
214-855-6808 fax
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1445 Ross Avenue
Suite 2500
Dallas, TX 75202
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Overview

Rachel D. Ziolkowski’s practice is focused on the defense of management in all areas of employment and labor law. She has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2003.

Counseling and Investigations

Rachel's practice includes counseling employers on a variety of issues, including handbook and policy reviews, hiring, firing and counseling employees, the handling of requests for disability accommodation and medical leave, compliance with federal and state employment laws, and wage and hour compliance. Rachel also represents employers in local and federal agency matters, including matters before the EEOC, the Texas Workforce Commission and the Department of Labor.  Rachel also provides services to employers related to the drafting and enforcement of employment agreements such as non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements.  Rachel also aids employers in handling reductions in force issues, including severance agreements.   She conducts investigations for clients regarding EEO issues including claims of sexual harassment and assists her clients with statutory compliance by conducting recordkeeping audits under the FLSA, OSHA, and other state and federal laws.

Training

Rachel dedicates much of her practice to providing training to employers of all sizes on a variety of employment-related issues including:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Diversity
  • Union Avoidance
  • Social Media
  • Hiring, Firing, & Discipline

Litigation & Arbitration

An experienced litigator, Rachel’s litigation and arbitration experience includes matters dealing with various kinds of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under federal and state law. Rachel also has extensive experience representing employers and individuals in wage and hour claims including FLSA collective actions. Rachel also represents individual companies in the prosecution and defense of misappropriation of trade secrets and breaches of non-disclosures, non-solicitations, and non-compete agreements.  Ms. Ziolkowski earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, and her undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management. She joined the firm in 2011 from Jackson Lewis LLP in Dallas.

Representative Experience

Professional / Civic Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Lupus Foundation of America, North Texas Chapter, Board Member

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Monthly Rising Star, 2008, 2009, 2011
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Practices

Education

University of Houston, with honors, 1994
University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1997

Admitted to Practice

U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, Active
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Sixth Circuits, Active
State Bar of Texas, 1997

Years in Practice

17

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