Shauna Johnson Clark joined the Houston office in 1994 and is the Head of Employment and Labor, United States. She served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Houston office from 2011 until 2013. A nationally recognized expert in labor and employment law, Shauna is a trusted advisor to clients in a wide variety of industries, from energy and utility entities to healthcare and consumer products providers to banking and finance. Shauna was certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for Labor and Employment Law in 2003.
Shauna is committed to providing the highest quality service in a timely and cost-efficient manner to each client she represents. Shauna offers a broad range of services to employers ranging from preventive advice and training to aggressive litigation when a mutually agreeable settlement cannot be reached.
Shauna has led teams in jury, bench and administrative trials under all employment law statutes, including class and collective actions under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
1994 - J.D., cum laude, Tulane Law School
1990 - B.A., Political Science, Louisiana State University
- Defense verdict in jury trial for a defamation case filed against medical institution
- Defense verdict after arbitration on behalf of national transportation company in FLSA collective action
- Favorable outcome in multi-plaintiff discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment claims against national transportation company
- Defense verdict in jury trial of race and national origin claim filed against hospital system
- Defense verdict after jury trial of racial discrimination, retaliation and violation of the Nurses' Whistleblower Protection Act against hospital system
- Defense verdict after jury trial of race, national origin, age and disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation filed against hospital system
- Favorable unanimous jury verdict for the defendant in worker's compensation retaliation claim for food service and food packaging company
- Defense award after arbitration of sex discrimination case against database technology company
Shauna is actively involved in the Houston community. She believes that it is important to give back to the community; therefore she offers continuous pro bono legal services to a variety of not-for-profit and charitable organizations. She provides legal services to an organization that supports victims of domestic abuse and to a local Christian school.
Rankings and recognitions
- Acritas Star, Acritas, 2017
- Savoy Magazine's Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy Media Group Inc., 2015
- Women Worth Watching, Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2014
- Texas Women Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2014
- Up-and-Comer, The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon, 2013
- Top 100, The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon, 2014 - 2016
- World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyer, Expert Guides, 2014
- Local Litigation Star, Employment and Labor, Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2016 - 2017
- One of 25 Influential Black Women in Business, The Network Journal, 2012
- Chambers USA, Texas: Labor & Employment, Chambers & Partners, 2009 - 2017
- The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2009 - 2018
- Texas Super Lawyer, Employment and Labor, Thomson Reuters, 2005 - 2017
- Texas Super Lawyers, top 100 lawyers in Houston, Thomson Reuters, 2014
- Texas Super Lawyers, top 50 women, Thomson Reuters, 2014
- 40 Up-and-Comers in Employment Law, The Guide to World Class Employment Lawyers, 2013
Shauna is a frequent speaker on labor and employment matters. She has presented speeches and conducted seminars for the American Bar Association, the United Way Non-Profit Law Seminar, the Houston Human Resource Management Association, the Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education, the Texas Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, and the Greater Houston Society of Healthcare Risk Management.
Memberships and activities
- American Bar Association
- National Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- Houston Bar Association
- Texas Board of Legal Specialization: 2003 - Labor and Employment Law
- Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees
- United Way Board of Directors
- Center for Houston's Future Board of Directors
The widespread introduction of legislation protecting the actions of ‘whistleblowers’, and increased public expectations of global corporate accountability, mean tha.
May 24, 2016
Yesterday, Congress broke new ground in federal law, passing the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. Once it receives the expected signature from the President, the DTSA will create a federal private cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. Although the new law has much in common with the well-known Uniform Trade Secrets Act and similar state laws, there are some important differences, the most significant being the availability of ex parte seizure orders. Employers will need to update any policies, handbooks, or employment agreements to provide notice of a....
April 28, 2016
In its 10th edition of The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive magazine and....
July 13, 2017
Our Houston office, with US Head of Employment and Labor Shauna Johnson Clark as the lead lawyer and Heather Sherrod and Kimberly Cheeseman assisting, represented client Mattress Firm Inc. in a discrimination class-action lawsuit..
October 10, 2016