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C. Larry Carbo, III

Labor & Employment Chair - Houston


Louisiana State University, B.S. Management, 1993

Loyola University – New Orleans, J.D., cum laude, 2001


Loyola University School of Law, Comment Editor, Loyola Law Review

Named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by H Texas Magazine, 2007 and 2008

Texas Super Lawyer, "Rising Star" 2009, 2010

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

Texas, Southern District

Texas, Eastern District

Texas, Northern District

Texas, Western District

Texas, Supreme Court

Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit

Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit


Larry Carbo maintains a commercial litigation practice focusing on representation of companies in employment matters including misappropriation of trade secrets, enforcement and defense of non-competition agreements and breaches of fiduciary duty. Larry has successfully prosecuted and defended companies in significant injunction matters where the resolution of the case depended heavily on the outcome of the injunction. When necessary, Larry has pursued these matters to final trial obtaining favorable results for the firm’s clients. On the federal level, Larry has been, and continues to be, lead counsel on a number of large, significant Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions, and also represents clients in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and the National Football League Players Association. Mr. Carbo has recently argued before the Federal Second and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the NLRB and the NFLPA involving significant and novel employment arbitration, class waiver and jurisdictional issues.

Mr. Carbo also routinely represents closely held companies involving significant matters including breach of contract, executive compensation, shareholder oppression, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Mr. Carbo has first chaired several cases before both the state and federal courts.

When not litigating, Mr. Carbo counsels companies in various aspects of employment related matters including preparation of employment agreements, employment manuals, non-disclosure agreements, separation agreements, non-competition/non-solicitation agreements as well as consultations regarding hiring and termination practices.

Significant Matters

June 2016 – Represented National retailer in dispute with National Labor Relations Board regarding legality of a class waiver provision in its company arbitration clause. After unfavorable ruling from NLRB, Eighth Circuit reversed, finding the class waiver provision was legal. Cellular Sales of Missouri, LLC v. Nat'l Labor Relations Bd., 15-1620, 2016 WL 3093363 (8th Cir. June 2, 2016).

May 2016 – Represented law firm and several shareholders in claim by former shareholder for breach of contract and fraud. Plaintiff sought in excess of $1,000,000. After 4 day jury trial, obtained complete defense verdict.

February 2016 – Represented former executive of large oil field services company in breach of contract claim related to executive compensation. Case settled on third day of jury trial.

January 2016 – Represented insurance broker in dispute with former shareholder and employer involving claims of breach of contract and tortious interference. Case settled on third day of jury trial.

June 2015 – Represented local franchisee in dispute with franchisor. Successfully defended franchisor’s attempt to enforce non-competition agreement at injunction hearing and, subsequently, obtained favorable settlement for franchisee.

May, 2015 – Successfully represented national retailer in arbitration involving FLSA and state wage law violations. Obtained complete defense verdict.

October 2014 – Represented NFL sports agency and its agents in case involving non-compete issues and violations of the National Football League Players Association’s Regulations. Litigated in multiple forums including Texas and Florida State Courts, the NFLPA and the AAA, and obtained injunction against former employee. Obtained favorable ruling from NFLPA on jurisdictional issues. Case is still pending on related matters.

May 2014 – Successfully compelled arbitration of FLSA retaliation claim. First chaired 3-day arbitration hearing which resulted in a complete defense verdict.

April 2014 – Represented company in significant litigation involving president’s resignation, non-compete issues and severance obligations. After 2-day evidentiary hearing, obtained injunction against former president precluding competition. Case settled on favorable terms shortly thereafter.

April 2014 – Successfully compelled multi-plaintiff FLSA and state wage law case to arbitration. Obtained defense verdict on state wage law claims and reduction of FLSA damages. Successfully resolved all claims on favorable terms after arbitration.

June 2013 – Represented employer in lawsuit brought by a competitor alleging violation of employee non-compete agreements, tortious interference and business disparagement. Jury found in favor of employer and awarded employer over $70,000 in attorneys’ fees incurred in connection with the lawsuit.

April 2013 – Represented employer in malicious prosecution lawsuit against employee who brought frivolous lawsuit in prior state court litigation. Jury found underlying lawsuit was brought with malice and bad faith.   

November 2012 – Represented tenant in a lease dispute with landlord. Jury verdict in favor of client for all damages plus attorneys’ fees. Judgment affirmed on appeal. Cellular Sales of Knoxville, Inc v. McGonagle, 05-13-00246-CV, 2014 WL 3513254 (Tex. App.—Dallas July 15, 2014, no pet.)

September 2012 – Represented husband of deceased in a will contest. After four day jury trial, successfully obtained judgment voiding beneficiaries’ bad faith contest of will. Obtained judgment of over $200,000 against bad faith litigants. Judgment affirmed on appeal. Henderson v. Shanks, 449 S.W.3d 834, 845 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2014), cert. denied, 136 S. Ct. 46, 193 L. Ed. 2d 28 (2015).

July 2012 – Represented closely held corporation in a claim involving shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty. Successfully obtained summary judgment on most claims. Case settled on remaining claims after voir dire. Client obtained favorable settlement.

August 2012 –Prosecuted claim for trademark infringement and breach of fiduciary duty against former employer in Louisiana federal court. After 4-day jury trial, successfully settled case before deliberations. Client obtained damages and ownership of trademark.

July 2011 – Represented an oil field services company in a breach of contract based on a contractor’s failure to deliver equipment. After 3-day bench trial in federal court, court entered judgment in favor of client in excess of $5 million. Judgment affirmed on appeal. ARV Offshore Co., Ltd. v. Con-Dive, L.L.C., 514 Fed. Appx. 524 (5th Cir. 2013)

June 2011Successfully compelled arbitration of former contractor’s claims. Defended trucking company in a claim by a contract truck driver for breach of contract, theft and extortion. Arbitrator issued an award in favor of company on all claims.

July-September 2010 – Successfully defended company and majority shareholders in a claim for minority shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty brought by a disgruntled former employee and shareholder. Claimant sought damages in excess of $6 million. After a 13-day arbitration, the arbitrator issued award in favor of company and majority shareholders on all issues. Case affirmed on appeal. Baty v. Bowen, Miclette & Britt, Inc., 423 S.W.3d 427 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2013, pet. denied)

June 2010 – Successfully defended general contractor in lawsuit brought by subcontractor for non-payment of over $300,000. After 3-day jury trial, jury returned a unanimous verdict in general contractor’s favor. Court also ruled in general contractor’s favor on general contractor’s request for declaratory judgment on interpretation of contract between parties. Court affirmed judgment. EMS USA, Inc. v. Epoxy Design Sys., Inc., 14-10-01037-CV, 2012 WL 1424802, at *1 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Apr. 24, 2012, no pet.)

March 2010 – Successfully prosecuted malicious prosecution claim. After 2-week trial, obtained jury verdict in favor of client awarding client all litigation costs and attorneys’ fees related to malicious prosecution.

December 2008 – Successfully prosecuted claim for breach of covenant not to compete and, after 2‑day evidentiary hearing, obtained temporary injunction in favor of client. Client later obtained very favorable settlement including significant damages and a permanent injunction on certain competitive activities.

June 2008 –Successfully prosecuted breach of contract and fraud claim against former employer for commissions owing. After 1-week trial, obtained favorable settlement for Plaintiff after jury indicated it was only deliberating on issue of the appropriate amount of exemplary damages.

April 2008 – Successfully defended company and eight of its employees in $30 million dollar lawsuit by one of its largest competitors alleging claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty. After 2-week trial, obtained directed verdict on all claims and a jury verdict in favor of client for recovery of attorneys’ fees defending claims.

Professional Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association