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Ray Abilmouna

Associate

Education

University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2011, Houston Law Review, Publishing Editor, CALI Excellence Award (Legal Research & Writing I), CALI Excellence Award (Legal Research & Writing II), Award: Most Selfless Dedication to the Houston Law Review, Certification: Completed Mediation Training

University of Houston, B.B.A., Management Information Systems, 2004, summa cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi, Dean's List (2001-2004), Minor: International Studies

University of Houston, B.B.A., Marketing, summa cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi, Dean's List (2001-2004), Minor: International Studies, Certification: Program for Excellence in Selling

Court Admissions

Texas

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Clerkships

Intern to The Honorable Frances H. Stacy, U.S. District Court for Southern District of Texas

Profile

Ray Abilmouna is an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group in Houston. His primary practice focus is on the defense of matters involving class, collective and hybrid wage-and-hour actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and/or state-law equivalents, discrimination, harassment, and pregnancy and medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings.

Prior to joining Chamberlain Hrdlicka, Mr. Abilmouna represented national providers of healthcare services and physician staffing on employment matters and the defense of upstream liability claims with a special emphasis on intercorporate liability and corporate structure issues in lawsuits that arose from alleged medical malpractice. In addition, he has successfully handled matters involving breach of contract, tortious interference, and vicarious liability claims involving employee status and joint employment issues. Mr. Abilmouna also has experience representing healthcare providers on HIPAA compliance matters.

Significant Cases:

  • Hosp. Internists of Austin, P.A. v. Quantum Plus, LLC, No. 1:18-CV-466-RP, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75708 (W.D. Tex. 2019) (dismissing claims for declaratory relief for alleged conduct in violation of the Texas Medical Practice Act’s prohibition of the corporate practice of medicine because Plaintiffs’ claims were not justiciable)
  • Hicks v. Group & Pension Adm’rs, Inc., 473 S.W.3d 518 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 2015, no pet.) (reversing District Court and holding that a citizen’s email to school board trustees urging the board not to contract with plaintiff concerned a matter of public importance, was not commercial speech, and was protected under the Texas Citizens Participation Act)
  • Part of a legal team that successfully defended client's interests against claims involving tortious interference with employment agreements, tortious interference with existing commercial contracts, interference with potential future contracts, business disparagement, and civil conspiracy. The case settled immediately after a motion to dismiss was granted pursuant to the Texas Citizens Participation Act on Plaintiff's tortious interference claim and attorneys' fees awarded.
  • Part of a legal team that successfully defended client's interest against vicarious liability claims based on the loaned servant doctrine, and claim of direct liability/negligence. Motion for summary judgment granted.
  • Provided counsel in a matter where the Texas Court of Appeals determined that the trial court abused its discretion in quashing a Tennessee court's commission for discovery and subpoena, sustaining objections to the subpoena, and issuing sanctions. Sanctions order reversed and vacated, and discovery ordered by the Tennessee court enforced.
  • Part of a legal team that successfully represented parent company in lawsuit involving discrimination and denial of due process claims. Motion to dismiss granted with prejudice.
  • Part of a legal team that represented clients' interest against claims of direct liability / negligence, joint enterprise, and vicarious liability claims. Motions for summary judgment granted.

Professional Affiliations

  • Texas Bar Association, Appellate and Litigation Sections
  • Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice, Health Law, and Litigation Sections

News

News

Publications

Publications

Social Networking Sites: What an Entangled Web We Weave, 39 W. ST. U. L. REV. 99 (2012)
Reconciling the ḥijāb within laïcité France, 13 J. ISLAMIC LAW & CULTURE 117 (2012)