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Dean J. Schaner - Bellaire, TX

5313 Pocohantas St. Bellaire, TX 77401

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Updated: 03/05/2021

Bellaire Labor & Employment Law Lawyer

About Dean J. Schaner

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Founder


Other Affiliations

  • Exam Committee for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Labor and Employment Law Exam Commission (Member, 2005-2019)
  • Exam Coordinator for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Labor and Employment Specialization Exam Committee, 2008-2019
  • Texas Labor and Employment Exam Committee (Chair, 2013-2020)
  • Houston West Chamber of Commerce (Member, Board of Directors)


Other Sources of Feedback About Dean J. Schaner

Included on the 2023 Texas list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2003 Texas Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Dean J. Schaner on Super Lawyers


  • Recognized by Chambers USA 2014-19 in Labor & Employment (Texas)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012-2020 for Employment Law – Management
  • Named as a Texas Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine in Employment Litigation Defense from 2003-2019
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™
  • ALM and Martindale Hubbell® recognition of Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law, 2013-2017


Office Information


5313 Pocohantas St. Bellaire, TX 77401


  • 123-123-4567

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  • “Common Pitfalls in Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work­ Product Protection Facing Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Attorneys,” New York University Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation – 2013 (October 2013)
  • Employment Law Survey 2011-2012, 45 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 727 (Spring 2013)
  • “Everyday Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Ethics for Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Attorneys,” BNA Pension & Benefits Daily (June 28, 2013)
  • Relying on Employer-Favorable Case Law Outcomes to Help Defend Against Employment Class and Collective Actions,” chapter in Inside the Minds publication, Strategies for Employment Class and Collective Actions: Leading Lawyers on Addressing Trends in Wage and Hour Allegations and Defending Employers in Class Action Litigation, Aspatore Books, (2012)
  • Focus on the Workplace: “Noncompete Agreements in the Employment Context,” Employee Benefit Plan Review, Vol. 66, No. 5 (November 2011)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Texas Employment Law Desk Reference (5th Ed., 2011)
  • FLSA Travel Issues: “I Would Walk 500 Miles But Would I Get Paid for it?” law 360 (July 19, 2011)
  • “Beware of the Claw: Implementing Mandatory Clawback Provisions in Executive Employment Agreements After Dodd-Frank,” Wolters Kluwer [Corporation Section 2, Vol. LXXXII, No. 14] (July 15, 2011)
  • “The EEOC Issues Final Regulations Implementing the ADAAA,” Associated Security Services and Investigators Magazine (June 2011)
  • “FLSA: Death Star Workers Were Independent Contractors,” Employee Benefit Plan Review (May 2011)
  • “Electronic Communications Policies Post Quon,” Law 360 (July 21, 2010)
  • “The Supreme Court Rejects Special Treatment for Title VII Pay Discrimination Claims,” Growth Magazine (May 2007)
  • “Moving Forward: The Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements Following the Texas Supreme Court’s Decision in Alex Sheshunoff,” Growth Magazine (May 2007)
  • “Court Rulings Say the Workplace is not the Place for Proselytizing,” Houston Business Journal ( October 2006)
  • “When Faith and Work Collide: Addressing Religious Harassment in the Workplace,” Growth Magazine (September 2006)
  • “Don’t Give it all Away: Employee Confidentiality and Non-Competition Agreements,” Growth Magazine (November 2005)
  • “Employers Must Ponder Dangers of ‘Second-Hand’ Harassment,” Houston Business Journal (October 2005)
  • “Tips for Managers and Owners to Control and Regulate Access to Property,” Schaner, Wilson, and Carter, Houston Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (March 2005) (Vol. 27 No. 3)
  • “Employment Law Post-Enron: Sarbanes-Oxley,” Texas Bar Journal, (January 2002)
  • “Courts ‘Mixed Motive’ Decision Affects Job Discrimination Cases,” Houston Business Journal (August 29-September 4, 2003)
  • “U.S. Supreme Court Takes Action on Mandatory Arbitration Issues,” Houston Business Journal (June 29-July 5, 2001)
  • “How to Protect your Company’s Trade Secrets with Employee Confidentiality and Non-Competition Agreements,” Houston Business Journal (May 18, 2001)
  • “Court Developments and Circuit Court Survey,” Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment Journal (CCH July 2000)
  • “Recent OSHA Developments of Interest to Energy Law Practitioners,” Dean J. Schaner and Matthew Deffebach, Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Journal for the State Bar of Texas (Vol. 27, No. 1 (September 2002)
  • “Employment Law Commentary for the Houston Business Journal’s Business Survival Guide” (2001-2005)
  • “Closing Your Doors on a Sixty-Day Hinge: Complying with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act,” Texas Bar Journal, June 1992
  • “Workplace Romance: Should Employers Act as Chaperones?” 20 Employee Relations Law Journal 47 (Summer 1994)
  • “When Faith and Work Collide: Defining Standards for Religious Harassment in the Workplace,” 21 Employee Relations Law Journal (Summer 1995)
  • “Have Gun Will Carry: Concealed Handgun Laws, Workplace Violence and Employer Liability,” 22 Employee Relations Law Journal (Summer 1996)

Representative Cases

  • Jordan v. Johnson Controls, Inc., 881 S.W.2d 363 (Tex. App.··Dallas 1994)
  • Costello v. Bank of America, N.A., 2007 WL 4303499 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2007)
  • Young v. Merrill Lynch & Co., 658 F.3d 436 (5th Cir. 2011)
  • Simmons v. Wilcox, 911 F.2d 1077 (5th Cir. 1990)
  • Khavari v. Varo, Inc., No. 05-92-01733-CV, 1993 WL 84788 (Tex. App.­ Dallas 1993)
  • Geiger v. Varo, Inc., No. 05-93-1511-CV, 1994 WL 246159 (Tex. App. Dallas 1994)
  • Nowlin v. Resolution Trust Corp., et al., 33 F.3d 498 (5th Cir. 1994)
  • Ellis v. NCNB Texas National Bank, 842 F. Supp. 243 (N.D. Tex. 1994)
  • Simien v. Chemical Waste Management, Inc., 30 F. Supp. 2d 939 (W.D.La. 1998), aff’d, 174 F.3d 199 (5th Cir. 1999)
  • Blanks and Breedlove v. Waste Management of Arkansas, Inc., 31 F. Supp. 2d 673 (W.D. Ark. 1998)
  • Amos v. Wheelabrator Coal Services Co., 47 F. Supp. 2d 798 (N.D. Tex. 1999)
  • Green v. Industrial Specialty Contractors, 1 S.W.3d 126 {Tex. App.­ Houston [1st Dist.] Mar. 25, 1999)
  • Krug v. Caltex Petroleum Corporation, No. 05-96-0079-CV, 1999 WL 652495 (Tex. App.-Dallas 1999)
  • Patitu v. NationsBank, N.A., 90 F. Supp.2d 781 (S.D. Tex. 2000)
  • Tiemeyer v. Quality Publishing, Inc., 144 F. Supp. 2d 727 (S.D. Tex. 2001)
  • Burgos v. Tex. Trude, et al., 286 F. Supp. 2d 812 (S.D. Tex. 2003)
  • Bodine v. Employers Casualty Co., et al., 352 F.3d 245 (5th Cir. 2003)
  • Bourgeois v. The Pension Plan for the Employees of Santa Fe Int’/ Corps., 308 F. Supp. 2d 761 (S.D. Tex. 2004)
  • Costello v. Bank of America, N.A., 2007 WL 4303499 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2007)
  • St. John v. NCI Bldg. Systems, Inc., 537 F. Supp. 2d 848 (S.D. Tex. 2008)
  • Mensa-Wilmot v. Smith International, Inc., 312 SW.3d 771, 2009 Tex. App. LEXIS 8944 (Tex. App. – [1st Dist.] Nov. 19, 2009)
  • Young v. Merrill Lynch & Co., 658 F.3d. 436 (5th Cir. 2011)

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