El Paso

221 N. Kansas, Suite 1700
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915.533.4424
Fax: 915.546.5360


2905 San Gabriel St, Suite 205, 
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: 512.320.5466
Fax: 512.320.5431

Las Cruces

3800 E. Lohman Ave., Suite C
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: 575.527.0023
Fax: 915.546.5360

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Charles C. High, Jr.

Email: charles.high@kempsmith.com
Telephone: 915.533.4424 / Fax: 915.546.5360

Charlie High, partner, is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has consistently been listed in Best Lawyers in America and recognized as a Super Lawyer, one of the top 100 Texas Super Lawyers, and a top-50 Super Lawyers in the Central and West Texas Region. In 2007, Mr. High was listed in Texas Lawyer’s Go-To Guide as one of the top five lawyers in Texas in the area of labor and employment law. Chambers USA also ranks Mr. High in the No. 1 Group of lawyers in Texas. In addition, he is past Chair of the Texas State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section.  Charlie is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Chambers USA quotes “Charlie High is consistently held in high esteem by peers across Texas. Sources single him out as one of the deans of the labor practice”




  • New York University School of Law, L.L.M. (Labor Law), 1974
  • University of Houston School of Law, J.D., 1970
  • West Texas State University, B.A., 1967


  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • El Paso Bar Association
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Texas Bar Foundation


  • Texas, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas


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

Professional & Civic Involvement

Mr. High is dedicated to the progress of education and employment in the El Paso community. He has served in key leadership roles at the Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board of Directors and is past chair of its Oversight and Evaluation Committee. He has also been active in the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce where he is the past Chair of the Workforce & Education Division and Education Committee. Mr. High is author of numerous articles in employment law trade publications, and is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law issues.