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El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915.533.4424
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Jose "Abe" Howard-Gonzalez

abe.gonzalez@kempsmith.com915.533.4424/915.546.5360
Email: abe.gonzalez@kempsmith.com
Telephone: 915.533.4424 / Fax: 915.546.5360
Overview

Abe Howard-Gonzalez is a partner in the firm's labor and employment department. He represents employers in federal and state courts in Texas and New Mexico. Mr. Howard-Gonzalez focuses his practice on defending employers in lawsuits alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage issues involving overtime issues and minimum wage issues—among others. In addition to defending lawsuits, Mr. Howard-Gonzalez also defends employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor for wage claims and claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Mr. Howard-Gonzalez also counsels employers in the day-to-day operations of their business so that they can avoid lawsuits and comply with the many federal, state, and local laws and regulations that apply to employers in Texas and New Mexico. Mr. Howard-Gonzalez provides counseling on Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the FLSA, NLRA, Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code, the New Mexico Human Rights Act, and many others.

In addition to employment laws generally, Mr. Howard-Gonzalez also assists employers in complying with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. In particular, Mr. Howard-Gonzalez assists employers in determining whether they are covered by the employer penalties of the ACA and, if they are, how best to comply with the ACA’s requirements to minimize costs and how to report that information to the IRS. Mr. Howard-Gonzalez is a frequent speaker on the ACA and other employment law topics at local employment law seminars.

During law school, Abe participated in the National Moot Court program and was a staff member on the Journal of International Law. Mr. Howard-Gonzalez was selected for inclusion in 2013-2016 "Texas Rising Stars" by the publisher Thomson Reuters. Considered among the best in their profession, Rising Star Super Lawyers represent the top 2.5% of up and coming Texas lawyers who are 40 years of age and younger or have practiced law less than 10 years. The Texas "Rising Stars" were selected from the results of an extensive nomination and polling process.

 


PRACTICE AREAS

Credentials

EDUCATION

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2008
  • University of Texas at El Paso, B.A., cum laude, 2005

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • El Paso Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Texas, 2009
  • New Mexico, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Community

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • El Pasoans Fighting Hunger - Board of Directors
  • Progress321
  • EPSHRM - Member
  • Leadership El Paso Graduate - Class XXXVI