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Amanda A. Zimmerman

Posted on Aug 21, 2017 by in 2017 | 0 comments

Partner at Jackson Walker

Practice Areas
 Media
 Media Litigation
 Labor & Employment
 Labor & Employment Litigation
 Business Litigation
 Cybersecurity, Data Breach and Privacy
 Cybersecurity and Privacy
 Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Data Breach

Education
B.J., The University of Texas at Austin
J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston

Bar Admissions
Texas, 2008

Court Admissions
 United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
 United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western District of Texas

Recognition
 Lawyers on the Rise, Professional Excellence Awards, Texas Lawyer, 2017

Biography

Amanda Zimmerman is a labor and employment attorney who defends employers in a broad range of issues in state and federal courts. Amanda assists clients in a variety of industries – from Fortune 500 companies to local Texas employers – with claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations, trade secret and non-compete disputes, and claims for defamation and business disparagement. Amanda works closely with clients on every aspect of an employment dispute, including conducting initial investigations, responding to EEOC charges, engaging in discovery, taking depositions, drafting and successfully arguing dispositive motions, mediating cases, negotiating settlement agreements, and trying cases.

Additionally, Amanda provides advice and counsel to clients regarding legal compliance with human resource issues and preparation and review of employee handbooks, employment contracts, and other workplace policies. Amanda also has experience representing media and entertainment clients and has successfully obtained multiple dismissals under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, the Texas anti-SLAPP statute.

Practice Experience

Labor and Employment:
 EEOC Charges and Investigations
 Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Allegations
 Wage and Hour Issues
 Non-Compete Issues
 Joint Employer Issues
 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claims
 Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims

Media:
 Claims for Defamation and Business Disparagement
 Lawsuits subject to dismissal under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (the Anti-SLAPP statute)
 Trademark infringement

Career Highlights
 Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of homebuilder client in FLSA litigation. The Court agreed that the plaintiffs were exempt employees pursuant to the FLSA’s administrative exemption. Scott McLaughlin, Marlene Williams, Mallory Beck, and Amanda worked together to secure this result.
 Obtained dismissal of multiple FLSA collective action plaintiffs based on res judicata grounds. Amanda, Scott McLaughlin, and Marlene Williams comprised the team that secured this result.
 Obtained dismissal pursuant to the Texas Citizens Participation Act of defamation, business disparagement, and tortious interference claims brought against a home healthcare client and its CCO. Amanda and Bob Latham handled this matter through appeal, which resulted in favorable precedent under the CPA.
 Secured dismissal of charges brought against a Texas judge by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct stemming from the Judge’s use of Facebook to inform the public about proceedings in her court. Amanda joined Chip Babcock, William Powers, and Luke Gilman to achieve this result.

Community
 ABA TIPS Media, Privacy, and Advertising Law Committee, Immediate Past Chair
 Bo’s Place, Board Member Houston Children’s Chorus, Board Member
 Scene – Alley Theatre Young Supporters Group, Steering Committee
 Houston Young Lawyers
 Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
 Houston Bar Association

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