Brooke C. Bahlinger


Brooke C. Bahlinger


Brooke Bahlinger is a skilled litigator who helps companies defend employment claims and protect their trade secrets and confidential information.

Brooke represents clients in all aspects of labor and employment matters, including pleadings and motion practice, discovery, mediation, settlement, trial and appeal. Brooke also has experience litigating and presenting complex matters to government agencies, including the EEOC, DOL and NLRB. Brooke also advises clients in mergers and acquisition matters.

Brooke has successfully defended companies against claims exceeding US$5 million. She maintains an active trial docket while also providing necessary business counseling.

Representative Experience

Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

  • Represented numerous companies in many instances of litigation and EEOC charges filed by former employees alleging race, disability, FMLA, age, religion, sex and national origin discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Workers’ Compensation

  • Successfully defended a non-subscriber company in a 5-day jury trial against claims for negligence, loss of consortium and loss of household services.
    • Conducted direct examination of several company witnesses
    • Conducted cross examination of one plaintiff

Constitutional Claims

  • Prevailed on summary judgment in the defense of five constitutional law claims for healthcare provider.

Unfair Competition/Trade Secrets/Restrictive Covenants

  • Prosecuted and defended several temporary restraining order or temporary injunction proceedings, primarily focusing on trade secret misappropriation.

Strategic Consultations

  • Conducted many confidential company investigations reporting directly to the C-suite, with matters including harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
  • Advised clients regarding new laws affecting their workplaces.
  • Drafted several employment agreements and handbooks.

Awards and Recognition

  • Foley Receives 29 National Tier 1 Practice-Area Rankings in 2023 U.S. News – Best Lawyers ‘Best Law Firms’ List
    • National Tier 1
      • Employment Law – Management
      • Litigation – Labor & Employment
    • Metropolitan Tier I (Dallas/Fort Worth)
      • Employment Law – Management
      • Litigation – Labor & Employment


  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2020 Leadership Class
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Mentoring Circles
  • STEER Mentoring Program
  • Women’s Mentoring Circles Committee Member

Community Involvement

  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
  • DAYL Leadership Class “Dallas Eviction Assistance and Resources” Project (2020-2021)

Presentations and Publications

09 April 2024 Labor & Employment Law Perspectives

A Snapshot Of The Evolving Restrictive Covenant Landscape

In recent months, noncompete agreements have become a hotly contested topic in the realm of employment law.
13 March 2024 Deals and Wins

Foley Advises mdf commerce in Agreement to be Acquired by KKR

Foley & Lardner LLP served as U.S. legal advisor to mdf commerce, a SaaS leader in digital commerce technologies, in its definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by KKR.
29 January 2024 Labor & Employment Law Perspectives

Washington, D.C.: Another Player in the Pay Transparency Trend

As we reported in early 2023, several states have passed pay transparency laws that require certain disclosures in job postings (both internally and externally).
30 November 2023 Article

Texas Enacts Ban on COVID-19 Vaccine Workplace Mandates: Six Things Health Care Employers Need to Know Now

On November 10, 2023, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 7, enacting a ban on COVID-19 vaccine private workplace mandates.
28 August 2023 Labor & Employment Law Perspectives

NLRB Establishes New Work Rule Standard: Time to Revise Handbooks and Policies

On August 2, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board published an opinion regarding employer work rules.
03 July 2023 Labor & Employment Law Perspectives

Supreme Court Redefines “Undue Hardship” when Addressing Religious Accommodation Requests under Title VII

On June 29, 2023, in a unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated decision in Groff v. DeJoy, clarifying employers’ obligations to accommodate employees’ religious practices.