Dianna Bowen is a partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Horton LLP. For over fifteen years, she has successfully defended independent schools, public school districts, charter schools, and public and private colleges and universities on a wide range of school law issues, including personnel, discrimination, student discipline, students with disabilities, public information, open meetings, civil rights, sexual harassment, privacy rights, and contracts.  Ms. Bowen represents these entities in all aspects of litigation, including proceedings before the governing body, in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She also counsels and advises administrators in formulating preventive strategies, drafting personnel policies and procedures, and training employees in all areas of school and employment law.

Ms. Bowen has specific experience in cases regarding claims brought under the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Texas, 42 United States Code Sections 1983, 1981, and 1988, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (as amended), the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, the Texas Labor Code, and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.

Ms. Bowen has been repeatedly recognized as a Texas Rising Star in the area of School Law.



Austen v. Weatherford College of the Parker County Junior College District, 2014 WL 1509563 (5th Cir. 2014)(denying appeal of district court’s dismissal of retaliation and sex discrimination claims under Title VII and TCHRA, free speech claims, and breach of contract claim)

Crutcher v. Dallas ISD, 2013 WL 4517002 (Tex. App. 2013)(affirmed ruling of trial court granting District’s motion for summary judgment regarding claims related to retaliation in hiring practices)

Bennett v. Dallas ISD, 2013 WL 1295338 (N.D. Tex. 2013)(dismissing ADA and USERRA lawsuit on motion for summary judgment)

Austen v. Weatherford College of the Parker County Junior College District, 2012 WL 3223664, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111739 (N.D. Tex 2012)(dismissing 11-count lawsuit on motion for summary judgment regarding employment dispute including claims under Title VI, TCHRA, Section 1981, Section 1983, breach of contract, free speech, Title IX, and due process)

Elias Hooker v. Dallas ISD, 2011 WL 1592325 (N.D. Tex. 2011)(final judgment dismissing with prejudice Plaintiff’s IDEA and Section 1983 claims against the District)

David Hooker v. Dallas ISD, 2011 WL 832169 (N.D. Tex. 2011)(granting District’s and individual defendants motion for summary judgment for failure to exhaust administrative remedies and failure to state claims on which relief can be granted regarding student’s special education services)

Peterson v. Dallas ISD, 2008 WL 4830365 (N.D. Tex. 2008)(granting District’s motion to dismiss regarding multi-Plaintiff Section 1983 cause of action for race discrimination in allocation of resources based on governmental immunity and standing)

Hernandez v. Duncanville ISD, 2006 WL 1140665 (N.D. Tex. 2006)(dismissing employee’s retaliation and discrimination claims against the District)

Rodgers v. Duncanville ISD, 2005 WL 991287 (N.D. Tex. 2005)(affirming district’s right to prevent a disruptive parent from entering a school campus)

Hernandez v. Duncanville ISD, 2005 WL 3293995 (N.D. Tex. 2005)(dismissing case against individual employee supervisors on the bases of qualified immunity)

Represented public school districts in over 70 termination or nonrenewal hearings, over 200 grievance hearings, and over 30 special education due process hearings.

Represented independent school in lawsuit brought by parent alleging breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and conspiracy for retention of student.

Handled numerous EEOC and TWC charges for both private and public employers.

Successfully resolved Section 1983 lawsuit alleging injury to a student

Achieved full dismissal of 2 lawsuits alleging violations of Section 504 of the ADA, Section 1983, IDEA, and due process.

Achieved full dismissal of 11-cause of action employment dispute in federal court on a motion for summary judgment, which included sex and race discrimination claims, breach of contract claims, and constitutional claims, which was affirmed on appeal.

Achieved full dismissal of state whistleblower case.

Achieved full dismissal of lawsuit for alleged retaliation in hiring practices, which was affirmed on appeal.

Achieved full dismissal of state lawsuit brought by employee alleging national origin, race, color, and sex discrimination and harassment, and retaliation.

Achieved dismissal of workers’ compensation retaliation lawsuit.

Successfully resolved FLSA lawsuit for private corporation.

Achieved successful results in over 25 mediations regarding employment disputes and special education matters.

Defended schools in multiple Office of Civil Rights investigations

Provided training and advice and counsel for over 40 independent schools and over 30 public schools.