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Diana Pérez Gomez

Shareholder - Labor & Employment Co-Chair

Education

University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2003 - Associate Editor, Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy, President of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Student Association, Member of the University of Texas School of Law Admissions Committee

Institute of International and Comparative Law – Florence, Italy, 2001

Texas A&M University, B.S. Political Science, with Honors, Minor in English, magna cum laude, and University Honors, 2000, University Fellow, Dean’s List, Eisenhower Leadership Development

Honors

Named to the Texas Super Lawyers list for Top Women Attorneys in Texas, 2020

President's Award, Houston Bar Association - Houston, Texas, 2016, 2019

Named to th Texas Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, in 2013-2020

Named a "Top Lawyer" by Houstonia Magazine, 2017, 2019, 2020

Latina "Lawyer Under 40” Award, Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation 2012

Named to the Texas Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as featured in Texas Monthly and Texas Rising Stars magazines, 2009, 2011-2013

President’s Award, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston – Houston, Texas, 2007, 2009, 2015

Local Heroes Recognition, The Houston Lawyer Magazine, May/June, 2009

American Bar Foundation Fellow

Houston Bar Foundation Fellow

Texas Bar Foundation Fellow

Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston Award, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2008

Bar Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

Texas Courts

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Clerkships

Law Clerk, Travis County, County Attorney’s Office, Austin, Texas, Spring 2003

Summer Law Clerk, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, McAllen, Texas, Summer 2002

Intern, Travis County District Attorney's Office, Austin, Texas, Spring 2002

Law Clerk, Guajardo and Guajardo Law Firm, Austin, Texas, Spring 2002

Profile

Diana Gomez is a talented trial attorney with extensive experience in civil lawsuits in state and federal courts, she focuses on complex labor and employment disputes by providing a full-range of employment law services to her clients from pre-termination counseling, investigations, EEO training, handbook review, drafting of policies, COVID-19 plans, defense in administrative proceedings (EEOC charges, unemployment hearings) and arbitrations as well as all aspects of trial from pre-suit through appeal. Gomez has successfully defended all types of employment law matters in state and federal court including claims involving ERISA, FLSA, discrimination, and retaliation.

In addition to being Co-Chair for the Labor & Employment practice, Diana serves as the National Chair for the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She also serves on the firm’s Board of Directors.

Diana is currently serving as the Treasurer for the Houston Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Zoo Development Corporation and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston. Diana is also a co-chair for District Four of the Texas Bar Foundation and Chair of the HBA’s Law and the Media Committee.

Diana has been named to the “Super Lawyers List” by Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers Magazine and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston Award, the President’s Award by both the HBA and the Houston Hispanic Bar Association, and the Latina Lawyer under “40” Award by the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation. Diana was also recognized as a Local Hero by the Houston Lawyer for her work as a Presidential Appointee in the U.S. Department of Education serving as Deputy Director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and then as Chief of Staff for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development in 2008 and 2009.

Diana is happily married to Judge Michael Gomez of the 129th Civil District Court for Harris County and they are proud parents of their children.

Professional Affiliations

  • Second Vice President: Houston Bar Association (HBA) 2020-20201
  • Board of Directors: Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA) 2006-2021
  • Co-Chair: District Four, Texas Bar Foundation 2016-2021
  • Board of Directors: Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston (MABAH) 2013, 2016
  • Chair: Houston Bar Association's Law and the Media Committee 2020-2021
  • Past President: Houston Bar Association Houston Lawyer Referral Service 2020-2021
  • Committee Member: Southern District of Texas/Galveston Bench Bar Conference 2017, 2019
  • Texas Bar College 2019-2021

Community/Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors: Houston Zoo Development Coporation 2018-2022
  • Committee Member: City of Houston Mayor's Transition Team - Education Committee 2016
  • Vice Chair: City of Houston Municipal Civil Service Commission 2015-2016
  • Vice Chair: City of Houston Police Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Civil Service Commission 2015-2016
  • Commissioner: Harris County Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission 2013-2015
  • Junior League of Houston, 2009-2021
  • St. Patrick’s Church, Pastoral Council Member, 2007-2015

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Houston Lawyer (September/October 2019), "Texas Non-Competes: What is Reasonable?"
  • Houston Lawyer (March/April 2009), "A Profile in Professionalism."
  • University of Texas School of Law 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference CLE Program – Austin, Texas (May 28, 2009) – Defense Strategies for Employment Law Trials.
  • University of California, Santa Cruz – Salinas, California (Spring 2008) Keynote Speaker, Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering Education Forum: Building Student Achievement in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (May 21, 2008).
  • South Texas College of Law – Houston, Texas (Spring 2008) Speaker, Personal Injury Law Conference: Coverage and Stowers in the 21st Century (April 10, 2008).
  • Houston Bar Association – Houston, Texas (Fall 2007) Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Seminar Series: Discovering the Right Approach: Discovery Disputes in Texas Insurance Litigation (Oct. 11, 2007).
  • Houston Bar Association – Houston, Texas (Fall 2006) Speaker, All Day Ethics Program: Ethical Considerations for Insurance Litigation in Texas (Nov. 4, 2006).
  • For the Defense, Covered Events, Insurance Law – Houston, Texas (September 28, 2006) Published in 2006 by Defense Research Institute: Texas Supreme Court Declares Mold Not Covered Under Homeowner Policies.
  • Nursing Home Malpractice in Texas Seminar – Houston, Texas (Spring 2005) Published in 2005 by National Business Institute: Nursing Home Litigation after Tort Reform.

Employment

  • Shareholder, Chamberlain Hrdlicka, Houston, Texas, February 2018 - present
  • Partner, Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P., Houston, Texas, January 2010 – February 2018
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, Washington, D.C., June 2008 - January 2009
  • Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, Washington, D.C., April 2008 – June 2008
  • Associate, Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P., Houston, Texas, July 2006 – April 2008, January 2009 - December 2009
  • Preston Law Firm, L.L.P. (f/k/a Preston & Cowan), Houston, Texas, September 2003 – July 2006

News

News

Presentations

Seminars & Presentations

Publications

Publications

  • A Profile in Professionalism in Houston Lawyer (March/April 2009).
  • For the Defense, Covered Events, Insurance Law – Houston, Texas (September 28, 2006) Published in 2006 by Defense Research Institute: Texas Supreme Court Declares Mold Not Covered Under Homeowner Policies.

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