Vianei L. Braun

Dedicated to Representing Employers

Of Counsel
Employment
  • Vianei handles employment law matters for clients in a wide variety of industries and sectors, including:

    • Health Care
    • Financial Services / Banking
    • Energy
    • Manufacturing
    • Construction
    • Logistics
    • Insurance
    • Educational Institutions
    • Public Entities
    • Nonprofit Organizations
Risk Management
  • For her clients who do not have in-house counsel, Vianei serves as outside general counsel and helps find practical solutions to all of the client’s legal needs and risks.

BIO

Vianei Braun has been representing employers for more than 25 years, providing practical advice on employment law compliance and avoiding litigation.  Vianei’s diverse experience includes representing large publicly traded companies, governmental entities, small to mid-sized businesses as well as individual professionals and executives. In addition to defending employers in litigation and arbitration matters, Vianei handles administrative matters involving the EEOC, TWC, DOL, OFCCP, NLRB and other federal and state agencies. She also reviews and updates employer policies and procedures, provides customized management and employee training programs, and provides advice and counsel on personnel matters and litigation avoidance.

Vianei is licensed in Texas, having graduated from University of Texas School of Law.  At age 19, she was the youngest female ever to graduate Princeton University.

Vianei is an author and frequent speaker on employment law issues, and was a contributing author to the treatise Texas Employment Law (James Publishing) and the book Texas School Law: A Practical Guide (Education Law Association).

Vianei previously practiced law in Houston and in Abilene, and moved to Fort Worth in 2015 when her husband Jason joined the SEC as an Enforcement Attorney.

  • Education

    Princeton University (A.B. 1988)

    University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 1991)

  • Courts

    Supreme Court of Texas (1991)

    U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1991)

    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (1992)

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (1995)

    U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (1995)

    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas (2010)

  • Awards & Recognitions

    Super Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law, Texas Monthly (2003-2014)

    Top Lawyer, Labor & Employment Law, H Texas Magazine (2014-2015)

    Top Lawyer, Labor & Employment Law, Houstonia Magazine (2014-2015)

    Martindale-Hubbell, 5.0 Preeminent AV rating

    Presidential Citation for Service, State Bar of Texas (2004)

  • Community Involvement

    Fort Worth Public Library Foundation
    -Board of Directors (2016-)

    Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth
    -Board of Directors (2017-)
    -Project Goodwill Committee (2016-)

    City of Benbrook
    -Planning and Zoning Commission (2017-)

  • Recent Publications & Presentations
    • “FLSA Compliance Issues,” TexasBarCLE Advanced Employment Law Course, January 20, 2017, Dallas, TX
    • Ethical Issues in Witness Preparation,” (with Judge Melody Wilkinson and JoAnn Merica), TexasBarCLE Webcast, August 30, 2016, Austin, TX
    • “Hiring and Employment Law Update,” Texas Workforce Commission Texas Business Conference, July 21, 2016, Arlington, TX
    • “Complying with the New FLSA Regulations,” Community Foundation of Abilene, July 15, 2016, Abilene, TX
    • “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” SBOT Annual Meeting, Business Law Section CLE, June 16, 2016, Fort Worth, TX
    • “Keeping it Legal Without an HR Department,” Texas Society of CPAs Nonprofit Organizations Course, May 24, 2016, Plano, TX
    • “Identifying and Resolving Employment Claims,” (with David T. Lopez), UT CLE Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, May 3, 2016, Austin, TX
    • “Wage & Hour Update,” Big Country Society for Human Resource Management, March 15, 2016, Abilene, TX
    • “Legal Issues for Childcare Agencies,” Association of Christian Childcare Administrators Annual Meeting, March 12, 2016, Fort Worth, TX
    • “Preparing Witnesses for Depostions,” TexasBarCLE Advanced Employment Law Course, January 14, 2016, Dallas, TX
    • “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Texas Society of CPAs, CPE by the Sea, June 12, 2015, Galveston, TX
    • “Depositions – Panel Discussion,” UTLaw CLE, 22nd Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, May 13, 2015, Austin, TX
    • “Checking Out Employees: Criminal History, FCRA, Social Media,” TexasBarCLE Advanced Employment Law Course, January 22, 2015, Dallas, TX
    • “Compensation Information is Not Confidential,” ConstructionCitizen.com, September 2014
    • “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Houston CPA Society, CFO/Controller Conference, September 19, 2014, Houston, TX
    • “For International Employees, Employment-at-will Can Be An Unpleasant Surprise,” Texas Lawyer, July 29, 2014
    • “FMLA: The Important Stuff,” South Texas CLE, 27th Annual Employment Law Conference, July 17, 2014, Houston, TX
    • “Trade Secret Protection: New Law, Practical Issues,” ConstructionCitizen.com, July 2014
    •  “Federal Regulatory Update: What’s New with the DOL & EEOC,” UT CLE Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, Austin, TX, May 15, 2014
    • “Crackdown: Department of Labor Enforcement Efforts,” Texas Lawyer, April 7, 2014
    • “Employment Law Update, Big Country Society for Human Resource Management,” Legal Exchange Workshop, Abilene, TX, April 8, 2014
    • “Background Checks: Beyond the Application,” THEHRA Winter Conference, January 27, 2014, San Antonio, TX
    • “What’s New with the DOL & EEOC,” TexasBarCLE Advanced Employment Law Course, January 9, 2014, Dallas, TX
    • “Federal Contractors Take Notice – New OFCCP Regulations,” ConstructionCitizen.com, January 2014
braun Vianei, with her husband Jason, showing off a vintage purse hand painted by one of her clients.

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