Cristina Portela Solomon

Partner

Overview

Cristina Portela Solomon is a labor and employment law attorney who primarily provides business solutions to employers seeking to be proactive in effectively managing their workforce, while complying with the numerous and complex employment laws governing the employment relationship. She regularly counsels employers on workplace issues, with particular expertise in conducting workplace investigations involving sexual harassment, theft of trade secrets, and virtually any type of workplace misconduct.

She also drafts employment, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, employee handbooks and related documents in a manner geared towards protecting employers from employee claims. Most importantly, she is an effective counselor with respect to everyday issues employers face whether triggered by employment policies or agreements or by workplace conduct.

Cristina's 30-year legal career has been devoted exclusively to representing management in all phases of labor and employment law. Cristina's clients recognize the value of her practical legal advice that is geared toward avoiding the uncertainties of employment litigation and focuses on reaching an early resolution. For disputes that cannot be resolved, Cristina has an excellent track record of trial successes on behalf of employers, particularly in trade secret litigation and discrimination/retaliation claims of any nature.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Immediate Past President, Association of Women Attorneys (2017-2018)
  • President, Association of Women Attorneys (2016-2017)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Association of Women Attorneys (Secretary) (2014-2015)
  • Chair and Foundation Trustee, Association of Women Attorneys (2014-2017)
    • Member, Women's Premier Luncheon Nominating Committee (2014-2015)
    • Member, Women's Premier Luncheon Committee (2016-2017)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (Elected  2017)
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Hispanic Bar Association 
  • Member, Texas Women Lawyers (2017-2018)
  • Member, Latina Lawyers Network (2015-present) 
  • Member, Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court (2013)
  • Member, Pan American Roundtable (Texas)
  • Member, Gardere Women's Council (2009-present)
  • Volunteer, Law Day (2013-2018)

Community Involvement

  • Member, Woodlands Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, Planning Committee, Employment Law Seminar (2013-2014, 2017-2018)

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, Women on the Move®, Texas Executive Women (2017)
  • Recognized, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine 
    • Employment Litigation: Defense (2006, 2017)
  • Recognized, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine (2008-2009, 2015)
  • Recognized, Houston's Top Labor and Employment Lawyers, H Texas Magazine (2005-2009)
  • Co-Managing Shareholder (Managing 100 plus attorneys of Houston office of former law firm) (2001-2002)

Education

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, (1984)
  • B.A., Loyola University Chicago, (1981), cum laude

Admissions

  • Texas (1984)
  • Texas State Courts (1984)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Representative Matters

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Represented temporary staffing agency against discrimination claim based on criminal background check filed by applicant
Dismissal of FLSA collective action lawsuit in federal court (2014)
Assist employers in developing and managing ADA and FMLA leaves, policies and practices

Capabilities