Kimberly Cheeseman

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
T:+1 713 651 5160
United States
T:+1 713 651 5160
Kimberly Cheeseman

Kimberly Cheeseman

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Senior associate Kimberly Cheeseman joined the Houston office in September 2013. She is part of the employment and labor group. Kimberly is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for Labor and Employment Law. Prior to joining the firm, Kimberly completed a one-year federal clerkship with the Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  

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JD, summa cum laude, Tulane University Law School, 2012
BA, Public Policy Studies and Political Science, Duke University, 2009

While in law school, Kimberly was Editor in Chief of the Tulane Law Review and a Senior Fellow for the Legal Research and Writing Program.  She was elected to the Order of the Coif and awarded the Tulane 34 Award and the James F. Kilroy Provost's Crest Award.

  • Louisiana State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • Successfully defended a leading North American energy producer in an eight-year battle against a 1,006  plaintiff FLSA "donning and doffing" case. Plaintiffs made allegations of a right to compensation for donnning and doffing their standard PPE, and for attending pre and post-shift safety meetings. This case won the 2020 Houston Corporate Counsel Business Litigation of the Year Award.
  • Second chair of a trial team that obtained a take-nothing jury verdict in favor of an oil and gas company in a Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") lawsuit in federal court involving claims of independent contractor misclassification.   
  • Member of a trial team that obtained a take-nothing jury verdict in favor of a large oilfield services company in a collective action lawsuit in federal court under the FLSA related to claims that the employees were forced to work off the clock.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of a chemical company involving claims of disability and age discrimination and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Age Discrimination in Employment Act.   
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of a health care entity involving allegations that the employer failed to reasonably accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal in favor of a Fortune 50 home improvement store in federal court involving claims of race, color, and national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. 
  • Successfully obtained several favorable settlements for oilfield services companies in FLSA collective action lawsuits involving claims of misclassification.
  • Successfully obtained early dismissal in favor of an oilfield services company in an FLSA collective action lawsuit involving allegations that the employer improperly relied on the Motor Carrier Act exemption.
  • Represented employers in Department of Labor Investigations. 
  • Texas Rising Star, Employment & Labor, Thomson Reuters, 2018 - 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Co-author, "Fifth Circuit Issues Important Decision on Independent Contractor Status of Highly Skilled Oil Field Workers," Pratt's Energy Law Report, Lexis Nexis, May 2019
  • Author, "Smith v. Xerox Corp.: The Fifth Circuit Maintains Mixed-Motive Applicability in Title VII Retaliation Claims," 85 Tulane Law Review 1395 (2011)
  • Speaker, "2019 Wage and Hour Update: Wage and Hour Law from Obama to Trump:  Where Do We Stand Now?" Texas State Bar Advanced Employment Law Course, Houston, Texas, January 9, 2020
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization for Labor and Employment Law
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Tulane Law Review Alumni Association
  • Tulane Law Review Board of Advisory Editors