Leslie L. Hunt

Committed to Exceeding Expectations

Shareholder
Employment
  • Regularly defends an international client against allegations of discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. Experienced in negotiating and cooperating with federal and state investigations initiated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission and others.

    Provides daily counseling to business owners and human resource professionals on various issues such as those involving discipline and termination of employees, employee benefits, workplace investigations, maintaining an effective employee handbook, issues relating to medical leave and accommodation of disabilities.

    Knowledgeable on numerous subjects, including but not limited to the following:   state wage and hour issues, allegations of harassment, contractual disputes, breach of fiduciary duties, workers compensation, misappropriation of intellectual property and/or trade secrets, tortuous interference, covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements and allegations of civil theft.

    Recent accomplishments include obtaining a summary judgment dismissal in federal court for an apartment complex accused of fair housing discrimination.

Commercial Litigation
  • Extensive experience in complex commercial litigation cases, including theft of trade secrets, obtaining injunctive relief in connection with non-compete agreements and other time-sensitive matters, business divorces, breach of fiduciary duty matters and other breach of contract issues.   Frequently represents out of state businesses. Recently obtained a swift dismissal of a lawsuit filed in Dallas again two New Mexico companies with insufficient ties to Texas to be sued in Texas.

Estate & Probate
  • Represents executors, heirs and beneficiaries in probate litigation involving will contests and breach of fiduciary duty issues. Also, represents executors, heirs and beneficiaries in uncontested probate matters of all sizes, including estate administration.   Represents clients with the creation of trusts and the drafting of wills and powers of attorney

BIO

Leslie Hunt’s work ethic earned her a reputation for being thorough and detail orientated. She leaves no stone unturned and often goes into court more prepared than her adversaries. During her years of playing high school and college basketball, she was once described by a newspaper writer as a “Hard-nosed, fiery redhead with a bulldog attitude.” Although Leslie is admittedly tenacious, she also has an uncanny ability to get along well with others. The ability to get along with others is an essential quality in an attorney as it enables one to more effectively communicate with clients, witnesses and opposing counsel.

Leslie began her career at Decker Jones over ten years ago, working as a summer clerk while attending Baylor Law School. The following year, she began working full-time as an associate attorney where she impressed her co-workers and clients with her determined attitude and her commitment to producing excellent work product. Leslie showed up to the office early and left late as she learned how to best represent the firm’s clients.

Leslie became a shareholder at Decker Jones in 2011. When she isn’t working, she enjoys volunteering in the community through the Junior League of Fort Worth, visiting family in Arkansas, riding roller coasters, bungee jumping, traveling, watching sports and spending time with her husband Joey and their daughter Pearl. Go Razorbacks!

  • Education
    • Westminster College (B.A., 1999)
    • Baylor Law School (J.D., 2004)
  • Court Admissions
    • Supreme Court of Texas (2004)
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2004)
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (2012)
    • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit (2014)
  • Community Involvement
    • Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth: Board of Trustees (2015 – present); Finance Committee (2015 – present)
    • Junior League of Fort Worth (2008 – Present)
    • Lena Pope Home, Co-Chair for the Sweethearts Dessert Fantasy annual fundraiser (2009 – 2011)
    • Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta, Member (2005-Present)
    • Pro bono volunteer for Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services (TVAS)
  • Awards & Recognition
    • “Outstanding Young Lawyer of Fort Worth and Tarrant County”, by Fort Worth – Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association. (2011)
    • “40 Under 40” by Fort Worth Business Press (2011)
    • “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters (2009, 2010 – 2014)
    • “Tarrant County Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine (2005, 2006, 2008 – 2015)
    • “Loy M. Simpkins Award for Excellence in Marital Property Studies” by Baylor Law School (2003)
    • “Winning Team Member of the Bob & Karen Wortham Mock Trial Competition” by Baylor Law School (2003)
    • “Order of the Barristers” by Baylor Law School (2002-2004)
  • Speaking Engagements and Published Works
    • Featured speaker for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s Jobs EXCELerator on employment law (2014)
    • Featured speaker for a Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County event on employment law (2014)
    • “Can you pass the independent contractor test?” Published by Equip Magazine, An Official Publication of the American Bar Association in 2013
    • “Proper Independent Contractor Classification: The Legal Ramifications” published by Texas Builder Magazine of the Texas Association of Builders in 2013
  • Memberships
    • President of the Fort Worth-T arrant County Young Lawyers Associations, Fall Term (2008-2009)
    • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Barrister (2012 – Present)
    • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Member (2007 – 2009)
    • Tarrant County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2008-2009)
    • Tarrant County Bar Association, Member of the following Sections: Business Litigation, Labor & Employment and Women’s Attorneys (2004 – Present)
    • Lifetime Member, Baylor Law Alumni Association
Leslie Hunt You better Belize it!

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