Jayde Ashford Brown

Jayde Ashford Brown represents corporate clients in management-side labor and employment matters arising under federal and state law, including, but not limited to Title VII, the FLSA, the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA, and workers compensation under Section 451 of the Texas Labor Code.

In addition to litigation, Jayde counsels clients on best practices relating to hiring and termination decisions, employment policies and employee investigations, and the OFCCP and related AAP obligations for federal contractors and subcontractors. Jayde also prepares and negotiates separation and release agreements, employment contracts and independent contractor agreements, and non-competition and confidentiality agreements. In addition, Jayde counsels clients regarding labor and employment obligations and representations in connection with mergers and acquisitions, including, but not limited to proper classification of employees (e.g. exempt/non-exempt, employee/independent contractor, etc.).

Jayde also represents employers and high-level employees in connection with disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, unfair competition, and a variety of complex contractual disputes, including those involving requests for emergency injunctive relief. 

Representative Experience

  • Represents a technology company, providing practical business solutions and day-to-day advice and counseling on compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination, retaliation, and harassment laws; performance evaluations and employee discipline; managing employee leave; protecting confidential and proprietary information; and termination issues.

  • Represents companies regarding labor and employment obligations and in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

  • First-chair experience representing a nationwide retailer in connection with numerous discrimination and retaliation claims.

  • First-chair experience representing a property management company in connection with claims of sexual harassment and retaliation, including negotiating a favorable early resolution of all claims, avoiding extensive discovery.

  • Counselled clients on compliance with employment agreements, including non-solicitation and non-competition provisions.

  • On trial team representing a private equity investment advisor and one of its portfolio company's former executive team and a competitive private equity investment advisor, based on corporate usurpation, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets, in which the client was seeking in excess of $700 million.

  • Conducted employment-related trainings to managers and hourly employees on employment law issues.

  • Assisted in successfully defending employers against allegations of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure to accommodate, defamation, breach of contract, and other violations of state and federal law.

Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Young Employment Labor Lawyers Committee
  • J.L. Turner Legal Association
  • North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Board Member (May 2017 – Present)
  • Head Start of Greater Dallas, General Counsel (April 2017 – Present)
  • Head Start of Greater Dallas, Board Member (April 2016 – Present)
  • North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee Member and Chair of Small Business Committee (January 2018 – Present)
  • The NEW (Network of Empowered Women) Roundtable, a Consortium of African-American Female Attorneys, Executive Committee Member (January 2014 – Present)
  • American City Business Journals, Contributing Writer (January 2018 – Present)

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized as a Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (published in Texas Monthly) (2018)

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