Overview

Lara is an experienced trial lawyer and client advocate. Her extensive career has involved representing companies of all sizes, across many industries, in all aspects of employment law. Lara has successfully defended clients in the courtroom, before administrative agencies, and on appeal.

In addition to litigation, Lara has spent her two-plus decades of experience partnering with clients to counsel them through complex issues involving discrimination, retaliation, accommodation, and wage and hour compliance. Lara has also developed a passion for guiding clients through high-stakes matters involving pay equity, harassment, leave of absence and accommodations. Lara has had the distinct experience of working as in-house counsel for two large, multi-national corporations, which gives her a unique perspective on how to address the intricate issues facing organizations and their employees.

Lara is an accomplished speaker and presenter, having presented on cutting edge employment law topics at local and national events, as well as many online forums. Lara is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • California Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Law
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of San Antonio
  • Bexar County Women’s Bar Association

About Me

Lara is blessed to have a very understanding family, including her husband of 20+ years, three children and four pets. Lara is active in her community, volunteering her time with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) advocating for abused and neglected children, and with a local underperforming elementary school as a student mentor.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

News & Analysis

Client Presentations & Firm Publications

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Return-to-Work Policies and Practices: A Legal Workshop,” Business Management Daily Webinar, June 2020
  • “Baby on Board: Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace,” Business Management Daily Webinar, June 2020
  • “Baby on Board: HR, Pregnancy & Accommodating Moms,” Business Management Daily Webinar, February 2020
  • “Unjustifiable Wage Gaps: How to Spot and Fix Pay Equity Mistakes to Avoid Legal Risk Under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII” presented for BLR, November, 2019
  • “Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Workplace” presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel, San Antonio Chapter, November 2019
  • “Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Workplace” presented at the SHRM NorCal Symposium, October 2019
  • “Training with Hindsight: What Your Employment Litigator Wishes You Had Trained Your Workforce to Do” presented at Coastal Bend SHRM, September 2019
  • “Training with Hindsight: What Your Employment Litigator Wishes You Had Trained Your Workforce to Do” presented at Rio Grande Valley SHRM, September 2019
  • “Wage and Hour Update: What You Need to Know in 2019” presented at the Texas Total Rewards Conference, August 2019
  • “When Looks Deceive: Detecting and Accommodating Invisible Disabilities” presented at the SHRM 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition, June 2019
  • “Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Workplace” presented at the SHRM 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition, June 2019
  • “What to Expect When You are Expecting: Protections for Pregnant Workers” presented at the SAHRMA General Membership Meeting, July 2018

Blogs, Videos & Podcasts

Blog Posts

  • "Let us learn to dream, gentlemen; then we shall perhaps find the truth."
    August Kekule

Practice Emphasis

  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Law Advice
  • Management Training
  • Harassment Investigations

Industries

Education

University of Houston Law Center

  • J.D., cum laude, 1998
  • Articles Editor, Houston Journal of International Law

University of Texas at Austin

  • B.A., high honors, 1995

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas, 1998
  • California, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Languages

  • Spanish
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