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Michael D. McQueen

michael.mcqueen@kempsmith.com915.533.4424/915.546.5360
Email: michael.mcqueen@kempsmith.com
Telephone: 915.533.4424 / Fax: 915.546.5360
Overview

As a partner in the firm's Labor and Employment Department, Mike McQueen's practice primarily consists of defending employers in employment-related litigation and providing counseling to avoid such lawsuits. He has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 25 years. Mr. McQueen has successfully represented clients to verdict before the State and Federal courts in Texas, the Federal District Court in New Mexico, and various federal and administrative agencies in El Paso, Austin, Santa Fe and the Southwest region. He has represented employers in union organizing campaigns and defending against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, Regions 16 and 28. He has also represented clients in proceedings under the Occupational Safety & Health Act.


Mr. McQueen served as the Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Texas in 2002-2003, and has spoken numerous times at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Labor and Employment Law course and on several occasions at the State Bar's Advanced Civil Trial course. He has also been a guest lecturer on employment law issues at the University of Texas at El Paso Center for Professional Development and for the UTEP Franchise Center program. Mike was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of El Paso in 1983; in February 2001, he was featured as one of the 16 "Go To" labor and employment lawyers in the State of Texas by Texas Lawyer; he has been selected for inclusion in Texas “Super Lawyers” by publisher Thomson Reuters for Employment Litigation Defense every year since 2003, and he is listed in the Labor and Employment Law section of Best Lawyers in America.  He was selected as Best Lawyers' 2014-15 El Paso Litigation - Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year".  In 2007, he was named Professional of the Year by the El Paso Society for Human Resources Management.  Chambers USA recognized him as “an increasing prominent figure in the market and a stalwart of the practice and of the El Paso labor and employment bar who excels in preventive counseling and litigation.  He has defended employers at state and federal level and is noted as an excellent lawyer.”

Mike is off to a nice start in 2016, with an arbitration victory in a sexual harassment case for a local restaurant in January and a defense verdict in February in an age discrimination case against a trucking company.


PRACTICE AREAS

Credentials

EDUCATION

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1976, (Order of the Coif)
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., 1973

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • State Bar of Texas (Former Chair, Labor & Employment Law Section)
  • El Paso Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • El Paso Society for Human Resource Management

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Texas, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern 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

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Community

Professional & Civic Involvement

Mike currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the El Paso Downtown Management District and the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is a former President of El Paso Pro Musica and former member of the Boards of Directors of the YMCA of Greater El Paso and the El Paso Central Business Association and a member of Leadership El Paso Class V. He is the Managing Partner of the Firm and the General Counsel of El Paso Country Club.