Dallas
1201 Elm Street
Suite 2550
Dallas, Texas 75270T: 214.646.3420

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis

  • Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Discrimination
  • Labor Relations
  • Litigation
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Wage and Hour/FLSA

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Education

Tulane University Law School

  • J.D., cum laude, 1981

Cornell University

  • B.S., 1978 

Blog

Book

News

Michael P. Maslanka
Partner

Michael P. Maslanka is entering his 30th year of practice.  He litigates and tries employment law cases across Texas.  He shares his knowledge through his Work Matters blog, http://www.texaslawyer.typepad.com/work_matters; his books, the Maslanka Field Guide series on employment law; and his monthly “Work Matters” column for In-House Texas.  He uses his practical knowledge to help clients simplify their issues, and to be a cost-effective partner to them.  He opened the Dallas office of Constangy Brooks & Smith, LLP in January 2011.

Chambers USA states that he is a “strong, insightful thinker” who takes a “holistic approach” to resolving his clients’ challenges.  A Chambers USA source states that he is the “best teacher of labor and employment law . . . and just great before a jury.”

Mike has served as Adjunct Counsel to a Fortune 10 company where he provided multi-state counseling on employment matters.  He also served as a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board.  He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He is a Master of the Inns of Court. Mike also writes a column called "The Literate Lawyer" on how literature helps make for better lawyers.

If you'd like to see and hear Mike, visit his YouTube channel, "Mike Maslanka @ Your Desk."

Publications/Presentations 

  • Labor and Employment Law Interview with Paralegal 411
  • Maslanka's Field Guide to the FLSA (Third Edition), American Lawyer Media, 2013
  • Maslanka's Field Guide to the ADAAA, American Lawyer Media, 2012
  • Maslanka's Field Guide to the FMLA (Third Edition), American Lawyer Media, 2013
  • Maslanka's Field Guide to the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act & Texas Labor Code, American Lawyer Media, 2010  
  • Editor, Texas Employment Law Letter, January 1990 – present
  • Co-Editor of Texas Sections, 50 Employment Laws in 50 States

Awards & Recognition

  • One of the "Top 100" Texas Super Lawyers, 2011and 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Labor and Employment Law (1995-2015)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2004 - present
  • "Texas Super Lawyers" and "Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition" by Law & Politics ("Is This a Deposition Which I See Before Me?" How Michael P. Maslanka Applies Shakespeare to His Practice, Super Lawyers, October 2011) 
  • One of the "Top 100" lawyers in Texas, Texas Monthly
  • One of the best lawyers in Dallas by "D" Magazine, 2001-2013
  • AV® Peer Review Rated By Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Activities/Associations

  • State Bar of Texas (Continuing Legal Education Committee)
  • Dallas Bar Association (Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Section)
  • Mac Taylor Inn of Court (Master)
  • Employers Counsel Network