Derek Braziel


Lee & Braziel, LLP

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J. Derek Braziel has been practicing Labor and Employment law (and wage and hour law) for over a decade. In 2003, 2004, and 2005 he was selected as a SuperLawyer by Texas Monthly / Law and Politics Magazine. He was recently selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas and one of the Best Lawyers under 40 in Dallas by D Magazine. Mr. Braziel is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Chief Justice of the William Minor Lile Moot Court Board. After graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Howell Cobb, United States District Court – Eastern District of Texas. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Baylor University, where he received his B.B.A. degree in Quantitative Business Analysis (Statistics) and Marketing and was President of the Student Congress. He was also one of 12 state finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship and an alternate for the Truman Scholarship. He is admitted to practice in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.
Mr. Braziel focuses his practice on employment litigation. Prior to exclusively representing employees, Mr. Braziel worked for Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest law firm specializing in employment law. He has a breadth of experience in employment litigation, including wage and hour law (FLSA), racial discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, age discrimination, and disability discrimination. He has also litigated disputes over unfair competition and noncompetition agreements. Mr. Braziel is involved in the Dallas Bar Association where he serves on the Employment Law Section Council and serves on its Executive Committee. In recent years, he has dedicated his time to such activities as the delivery of pro bono labor and employment legal services to charitable and civic organizations such as Dallas Community Television, the Center for Nonprofit Management, and the North Texas Food Bank.