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C. Larry Carbo, III

Labor & Employment Chair - Houston

Education

Louisiana State University, B.S. Management, 1993

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

Honors

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

“Lawyer on the Fast Track,” H Texas Magazine, 2007, 2008

Texas Super Lawyer "Rising Star," 2009, 2010

"Top Lawyer, " Houstonia Magazine, 2019

Bar Admissions

Texas

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Texas, Southern District

Texas, Eastern District

Texas, Northern District

Texas, Western District

Texas, Supreme Court

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit

Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

Profile

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

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Litigation

  • Represented IT consulting firm in connection with the hiring of several employees from competitor. Defended employees and company in evidentiary hearing. Shortly after injunction was denied, case settled. Clients recovered damages and all costs of defense.
  • Represented industrial supplier in connection with former employee’s breach of fiduciary duty and violations of non-compete. Obtained injunctive relief and case settled favorably on the eve of arbitration.
  • Represented supplier of welding supplies and gases in connection with former employees violation of their non-compete agreements and for misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information. Obtained a temporary restraining order and, later, temporary injunction after evidentiary hearing. Case later settled on favorable terms including a significant injunction and recovery of all fees and costs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Represented oil field services company in a dispute regarding violation of former president’s non-compete. After three day jury trial, obtained verdict for significant damages and attorney’s fees.
  • Represented 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 later settled on favorable terms.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Wage and Hour

  • 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).
  • Successfully represented national retailer in arbitration involving FLSA and state wage law violations. Obtained complete defense verdict.
  • 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.
  • Successfully compelled arbitration of FLSA retaliation claim. First chaired 3-day arbitration hearing which resulted in a complete defense verdict.

Other Commercial Matters

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Represented retailer in connection with trademark and Lanham Act violations by a competitor. Obtained complete injunctive relief protecting the retailer’s name and business interest. Case later settled.
  • 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.
  • Represented an oil field services company in a breach of contract based on a contractor’s failure to deliver 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).
  • Represented closely held corporation in a claim involving shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty. Successfully obtained summary judgment on most Case settled after voir dire. Client obtained favorable settlement.
  • 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.
  • Represented tenant in a lease dispute with landlord. Jury verdict in favor of client for all damages plus attorneys’ 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.)
  • 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.   
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Successfully 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 issues an award in favor of company on all claims.
  • 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.
  • Represented subcontractor in connection with claim against contractor for failure to pay. After arbitration hearing, complete verdict in favor of subcontractor.
  • 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.)

Professional Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association

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