Linda C.Schoonmaker

Partner

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Linda partners with clients to manage the employer-employee relationship in a manner that reduces the risk of employee litigation and government agency scrutiny.


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Employers facing all forms of discrimination, wage-and-hour, pay equity, #MeToo, whistleblower, and retaliation claims require experienced, trusted counsel in handling such bet-the-company matters. Linda has defended employers for more than three decades in lawsuits, arbitrations, and administrative charges brought by employees and governmental agencies throughout the country.

In addition to employment litigation defense, Linda provides counseling and training to employers regarding employment policies, and state and federal laws impacting the employment relationship; manages OSHA, EEOC, and internal investigations; and prosecutes and defends noncompetition/trade secrets litigation.

Linda has practiced law at Seyfarth in the Houston office for nearly two decades. She is a member of Seyfarth's Pay Equity team, which was created in response to the growing number of claims made under the Equal Pay Act and newly enacted state laws addressing alleged discrimination in pay. Throughout her career, and even more so since the advent of the #MeToo movement, Linda has defended a significant number of sexual harassment claims, lawsuits, and arbitrations, including those in which senior managers were the subject of the allegations.

Linda has served on the Seyfarth Shaw Women's National Leadership Team, and in March 2013, the Texas Women Lawyers honored her with its Pathfinder Award for her contributions to the legal profession.

  • JD, University of Houston Law Center

    Cum laude
    The Order of the Coif
    Publications Editor, Houston Law Review

  • BA, Syracuse University
  • Vassar College
  • Texas
  • US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Colorado
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Western District of Texas