Kathryn Long is a partner in the firm’s Dallas office. Ms. Long focuses her practice on representing school districts and governmental entities in grievances, administrative hearings, and litigation and appeals in Texas state and federal courts.

She has successfully defended school districts and governmental entities against Title VII, Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and Texas Whistleblower Act claims. She has also successfully defended numerous 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights actions brought against governmental entity clients, including various First Amendment, equal protection, and procedural and substantive due process claims.

Prior to joining Thompson & Horton, Ms. Long was a shareholder at Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Long represents individuals, small businesses, and large corporations in a variety of commercial litigation including contract disputes, construction litigation, fiduciary litigation, premises liability, and products liability claims. She has been named a Texas “Rising Star” by Texas Lawyer.

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

Protecting and Defending Employees’ Claims Under the Texas Whistleblower Act — prepared presentation for May 2012 meeting for Texas Risk Council Management Fund

Putting the Pieces Together: The Texas Whistleblower Act’s Jurisdictional Puzzle – prepared presentation for September 2011 Dallas Bar Association Labor & Employment Section meeting

Reading, Writing, and Reprimand: The ABC’s of the Law Within the Schoolhouse Gates – presentation for June 2011 Human Resources Legal Symposium for large, urban school district

 

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Obtained dismissal of claims breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unconstitutional takings related to competitively bid $40 million technology contract

Obtained dismissal in multiple lawsuits of former employees’ Texas Whistleblower Act claims

Obtained summary judgment in multiple lawsuits brought by former employees alleging violations of Title VII, TCHRA, ADEA, ADA, and FMLA

Successfully defended school district in student civil rights litigation involving alleged violations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, ADA, and IDEA

Successfully defended school district against multiple lawsuits filed on behalf of students alleging equal protection and procedural and substantive due process violations arising out of student discipline, student abuse, and student assault

Successfully defended school district against lawsuits filed by former employees relating to alleged breach of contract, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 equal protection, substantive and procedural due process claims

Obtained complete defense jury verdict for school district principal against First Amendment retaliation claim

Successfully defended school district in bench trial against Title VI and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 equal protection claims

Represented school administration in employee grievances and TEA Chapter 21 contract hearings

Successfully defended governmental entity against wrongful death claim

Successfully defended governmental entity against negligence and premises liability claims under the Texas Tort Claims Act

Represented Fortune 500 industrial construction company in pursuit of multi-million dollar claims in construction contract case arising from construction of combined-cycle power plant

Successfully defended product designer and manufacturer in construction litigation against claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, and products liability

Represented company prosecuting breach of contract claim relating to the sale of computer hardware to commercial airline company

Successfully defended CEO of a Fortune 500 international oil services and construction company in multi-billion dollar class action federal securities litigation under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Represented energy company in preparation of an MWBE program to obtain a competitively bid government contract for the largest oil and gas lease in Texas history

Successfully defended large energy company against breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising from oil and gas lease

Successfully defended financial institution and sub-prime lender in federal class action consumer litigation under FDCPA

Represented industrial construction company in international arbitration in pursuit of construction contract claims

Represented property owner in pursuit of contract and tort claims under the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act

Successfully defended large international hotel chain against multi-million dollar claims for wrongful death

Represented international financial institution in the enforcement of its design and service marks for trademark infringement

Successfully defended trustee in commercial and fiduciary litigation relating to joint venture of land on Barnett Shale

Successfully defended corporation and corporate officers against claims for violations of Texas Securities Act