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Stephen J. Romero


Stephen J. Romero

San Antonio

T:+1 210 270 7128

Steve Romero is a counsel in the San Antonio office. His practice focuses on a variety of labor and employment and litigation matters.

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  • Education

    JD, cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2004
    BM, Music, University of North Texas, 1997

    Steve served as an articles editor for the SMU Law Review Association (2003 - 2004) and is a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers.

    He was admitted to practice law in Texas in 2004 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas.

  • Representative experience
    • Representing employers in court proceedings and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
    • Representing management in civil rights (including race, gender, national origin, disability, equal pay, harassment and retaliation), wrongful discharge, employment torts, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other employment-related charges and litigation
    • Representing clients in a variety of employment matters, from counseling of employees to advising employers on compliance matters
    • Performing supervisory training seminars, preparing and reviewing personnel handbooks and policies and advising clients regarding employee retention and termination
    • Served in the Comal County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney (Attorney Loan Program), 2007
  • Admissions
    • Texas State Bar
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2010 - 2014
  • Publications
    • Co-author, "The Deeper Meaning Behind Abercrombie Besides The Failure to Ask About an Accommodation," Global Workplace Insider, July 2015
    • Co-author, "The New College Landscape: Unionizing Grad Students," Global Workplace Insider, February 2015
    • Co-author, "Supreme Court Upholds Employer's Strategy of Picking Off Lead Plaintiff in FLSA Collective Action," Fulbright Alert, April 2013
    • Co-author, "Supreme Court Rejects DOL's Attempt to Narrow Outside Salesperson Exemption," Fulbright Alert, June 19, 2012
    • "5 Things Employers / Employees Should Know About Facebook & Social Media," San Antonio Business Journal, November 25, 2011            
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Avoiding Discrimination & Harassment Complaints," SAMA Employment Law Seminar, February 2016
    • "How Reasonable Does a "Reasonable" Accommodation Have to be Under the ADA," San Antonio Employment and Labor Lunch and Learn Seminar, October 2015
    • "When a Fired Employee Reacts, Part II:  Recognizing and Transitioning the Ill-Fitting Employee," Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2015
    • "Why the National Labor Relations Board matters in Texas," San Antonio Employment and Labor Lunch and Learn Seminar, April 2015
    • "Disaster Preparedness," SAMA Employment Law Seminar, February 2015
    • "When a Fired Employee Reacts: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario," Association of Corporate Counsel, December 2014
    • "Diversity Symposium 2014: The faces of immigration," AALL Diversity Symposium, July 2014
    • "Background Checks and Hiring Practices Panel", SAMA Employment Law Seminar, February 2014
    • "What the EEOC, DOL and NLRB Have in Store for Your Workplace," San Antonio Labor and Employment Lunch and Learn Seminar, April 2013
    • "FLSA Update and Avoiding Traps Panel," SAMA Employment Law Seminar, February 2013
    • "Recent Developments in Employment Law," San Antonio Labor and Employment Lunch and Learn Seminar, October 2012 
    • "Social Media Polices and Union Update," SAMA Employment Law Seminar, February 2012
    • "Employment Laws You Need to be Familiar With," NBI Employment Laws Made Simple Seminar, December 2011
    • "Defending Whistleblower Claims," South Texas Human Resources Symposium, May 2011
    • "Social Media in the Workplace," Coffee Talk with Catto, February 2011
    • "2010 Litigation Trends Survey," SAMA Employment Law Seminar, February 2011
    • "Social Media and Employment Law: Can They Co-Exist?" South Texas Human Resources Symposium, May 2010
    • "I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help," Corpus Christi Human Resources Management Association Luncheon, April 2010
    • "FMLA in 2010: What's New, What's Not and What We Can Expect Next," Coffee Talk with Catto, February 2010
    • "I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help," Planning for Government Investigations, SAMA Employment Law Seminar, February 2010
  • Memberships and activities
    • San Antonio Bar Association
    • Community Justice Center "Just Take One" Program, pro bono family law services for indigent clients, 2004 - 2013
  • Publications

    DOL’s new salary rule is a mixed bag for employers

    Adding to the recent flurry of federal regulatory activity, on May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that raises the salary threshold for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule represents another added burden on employers already struggling to keep up with ever-increasing regulatory demands and presents a stark choice to many of increased costs or lower productivity....

    May 18, 2016