Fazila Issa

Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Houston
United States
T:+1 713 651 3665
Houston
United States
T:+1 713 651 3665
Fazila Issa

Fazila Issa

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Biography

Fazila represents and counsels corporate management in a variety of industry sectors in all aspects of labor and employment law, including representation before administrative agencies and litigation in state and federal court. Fazila has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, including trial and appellate experience.

She has successfully defended clients against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination under state and federal statutes, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Texas Workers' Compensation Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

In addition to her litigation practice, Fazila provides advice and counseling on day-to-day employment related matters as well as employment due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and reductions-in-force.

Fazila is admitted to practice before all the Texas state and federal courts and before the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.


Professional experience

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JD, cum laude, University of Houston Law Center, 2004
BBA, magna cum laude, Management, University of Houston, 2000

During law school, Fazila interned with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Fourteenth Court of Appeals and for U.S. Federal District Judge David Hittner.

  • Texas State Bar
  • Obtained summary judgment, which was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in lawsuit alleging race and gender discrimination claims
  • Obtained summary judgment in lawsuit alleging age and religious discrimination claims
  • Successfully obtained complete dismissal of gender and Equal Pay Act claims following jury trial
  • Obtained multiple summary judgments, which were affirmed by the First Court of Appeals, in lawsuits alleging workers' compensation retaliation claim
  • Obtained summary judgment in lawsuit alleging workers' compensation retaliation claim
  • Obtained summary judgment in lawsuit alleging gender and religious discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation claims
  • Advised client on U.S. aspects of global reduction-in-force planning and implementation
  • Represented clients before administrative agencies and in federal court in Sarbanes-Oxley wrongful termination claims
  • Represented client in an arbitration matter involving post-termination sales commissions 
  • Conducted due diligence related to employment aspects of corporate transactions
  • Negotiated favorable settlements in numerous lawsuits involving discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation claims 
  • "Six Ways to Avoid Getting Sued Over Your Unpaid Interns," Houston Business Journal, July 15, 2013
  • To Dispose or Not to Dispose: Questioning the Fate of Preembryos After a Divorce in J.B. v. M.B., 39 Hous. L. Rev. 1549, 2003