Stephen Key

Stephen Key

Dallas, Texas

Stephen Key is a partner with Key Harrington Barnes, PC, a management-side labor & employment boutique in Dallas, Texas, where his practice is divided between litigation of employment disputes, assisting clients with union relations, advising clients on human resources matters and performing management training.

A Board Certified, Texas Super Lawyer

Mr. Key is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in labor & employment law and is recognized as a Texas Superlawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, a distinction held by less than 5% of Texas labor & employment attorneys. Mr. Key has gained particular recognition for his success in representing employers in union organizing drives, where he has more than 60 campaigns without a single loss.

Education and Licenses

Mr. Key is a 1994 graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he served as an editor for the SMU Law Review. He is licensed to practice law in all Texas state courts, the 5th and 10th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas.


Mr. Key is a husband and a father to three children, an open water swimmer, cyclist and a former competitive skydiver and hang glider pilot.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law -- Employer
  • Labor Law
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Union Prevention
  • Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Wage and Hour Compliance (FLSA)
  • Litigation
  • Corporate Governance and Internal Investigation
  • Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management
  • Government Relations
  • Reductions in Force (WARN Act)
  • Affirmative Action and OFCCP Planning and Counseling
  • Management Education, including Training

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Labor & Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Law Review: Southern Methodist University, Editor

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Superlawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine 2005, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2016