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Dallas Employment Lawyers

Protecting Your Business Interests
Exceeding Expectations for 15 Years

Key Harrington Barnes is a boutique law firm in Dallas, Texas with a vision to champion for the rights of employers while cultivating an attorney-client relationship designed to encourage and empower business owners. We remain grounded in our core values while constantly anticipating the future, always cognizant of the latest developments in the law and always utilizing the latest advancements in technology to better serve our clients. The firm focuses on the representation of employers. The firm prides itself on providing individualized, cost-effective legal services. Stephen C. Key, the firm’s partner, is Board Certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Darren S. Harrington, the firm’s Shareholder, has been recognized as one of the premier Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defense counselors in the country. The firm’s depth of knowledge and experience covers virtually every aspect of labor and employment law, OSHA defense and compliance.

Solid Legal Advice at a Fair Price

Based in the Dallas area, the employment attorneys and staff at Key Harrington Barnes, PC are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services to help employers maintain positive relation with their employees while avoiding the expense and disruption of litigation. As a team of legal professionals, we provide comprehensive, innovative and competent legal services to our clients to lead and manage in ways that best fit their cultures to maintain positive labor relations.

Local Firm With National Reputation

The attorneys at the law firm of Key Harrington Barnes, PC, have been exceeding client expectations, providing exceptional and innovative counsel to regional and national clients across numerous industries on a diverse range of matters. The firm does extensive work nationwide in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) defense.

Key Harrington Barnes, PC is also a member of Worklaw Network.

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A member of Worklaw® Network, a network of independent law firms focusing their practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law.

Worklaw Network is a nationwide network of independent law firms that devote their entire practice to representing management in all facets of labor and employment law. Worklaw Network provides clients with an alternative to large national law firms by furnishing high quality, cost-effective advice, representation and personal attention. Worklaw Network screens potential members carefully, looking not only for the labor and employment law expertise, but also for excellence and integrity in the firm’s approach to its clients.

Employment Litigation

When litigation cannot be avoided, our experienced labor and employment litigators will spare no effort to secure the most prompt, cost-effective, and successful conclusion for its clients. Our Dallas employment attorneys staff cases in an efficient manner and approach cases aggressively, with the goal of achieving positive results and favorable settlements early in the litigation process. The types of actions we litigate include:

  • Discrimination
  • Wage and Hour Litigation
  • Sexual Harassment Defense
  • Classification Of Contractor Vs. Employee Disputes
  • Overtime Class Actions
  • Classification Of Exempt And Nonexempt
  • Salaried And Non Exempt
  • Meals And Breaks Class Actions
  • Off-The-Clock Work Class Actions

We have represented many employers in these situations. We are confident we can meet your need for effective legal counsel in the face of discrimination litigation.

OSHA Defense

Key Harrington Barnes, PC has earned a national reputation for handling OSHA violation issues, and we have a successful track record of providing clients with value. With a nationwide presence, we assist clients in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, chemical, food, energy construction and healthcare sectors.

Our OSHA attorneys have extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the regulatory landscape of behalf of our clients. We have assisted our clients in Houston, Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia and other states.

We also have extensive experience advising and consulting with clients across the country regarding their ability to provide a safe and productive work environment for their employees.

A strong safety program will better protect the physical well-being of your employees and will also provide you with a more skilled and productive workforce, which will better ensure your company's competitive position within the industry.

Employee Relations

Key Harrington Barnes’ Employment and Labor practice represents employers in all facets and at all stages of employment and labor relations. Our Dallas employment lawyers routinely confront some of the most challenging issues facing employers in the modern workplace and they bring those experiences to clients both large and small and in a variety of industries.

Our attorneys consult and provide on-going legal counsel to our business clients in the following areas of employee relations.

  • Preventative Self-Audits
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Training
  • Executive Contracts
  • Hiring Employees
  • Employee Discipline
  • Employee Termination
  • Severance Agreements
  • Internal Investigations
  • Executive Compensation
  • Pensions

The five pillars of our partnership with employers are as follows:

  • Comprehensive, functional self-audits of human resources
  • Training of managers
  • Routine counsel
  • Maintenance and updates
  • Conflict Resolution

At Key Harrington Barnes PC, labor and employment law is our sole focus. In a nutshell, our law practice is all about facilitating positive working relationships between employers and employees. Employees are the most valuable resource that a business has. However, when the relationship turns south, there are times when legal advice may be necessary. We can help.

Restrictive Covenants

Are your non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants enforceable? The ever-changing law relating to restrictive covenants can be tricky to adhere to, making it difficult to effectively create, enforce, and defend against these covenants. At Key Harrington Barnes, PC, we are here to help you successfully navigate the law relating to restrictive covenants, whether you own a small or midsized business.

Our attorneys know how to structure and litigate the following types of restrictive covenants:

  • Noncompete Agreements
  • Nondisclosure Agreements
  • Nonsolicitation Agreements
  • Trade Secrets
  • Poaching Employees & Employee Raiding

From successfully writing non-compete clauses and agreements to enforcing them, when a previous employee ventures too close to being a competitor, or if an employer attempts to go too far in restricting a professional’s right to work in his or her chosen field or occupation, our attorneys are experienced in helping businesses and professionals protect their rights.

Union Relations

Key Harrington Barnes PC’s attorneys represent management interests with the aim of minimizing potential labor problems. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all facets of management labor relations, including:

  • Negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Handling Grievance and Arbitration Proceedings
  • Representing Management in Union Elections
  • Handling Unfair Labor Practice charges at the NLRB
  • Union Avoidance Management Training
  • Preventative Audits

Our law firm has provided employers with the understanding, training, tools and materials they needed to take on unions and win. Every unionization campaign is unique and each requires a customized approach to stop it in its tracks. The experienced employment lawyers at our Dallas firm can assist you with your campaign to curtail unionization efforts and guide you through union organization efforts.

Partnering With Your Business

We are more than just your lawyers. We become your partners in business, working hard to help you, your employees and your company succeed. Contact us for more information about how we can help you.

Client Reviews
This multinational employer with over 20 manufacturing and printing plants has looked to Stephen C. Key as its labor attorney for nearly 15 years. Richard Maresh
This leader in the fast-paced trade show industry has relied on Stephen for labor counsel for over 10 years. Randy considers Stephen an "extension of our management team." Randy Pekowski
DAC Vision is a small, North Texas company engaged in manufacturing optical products. It has looked to Stephen C. Key for labor counsel for over 10 years Jane Seaholm
As a business owner, Andy has used many different law firms over the years, but he has "never found one that even came close to Key Harrington Barnes PC." Andy Andreas
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