Lawrence Morales II

Lawrence Morales II

Attorney
Location:
San Antonio, Texas
Phone:
210-819-5341
866-630-0775
Fax:
210-225-0821
Email:

Lawrence Morales II is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a labor and employment law specialist. He has represented companies and individuals in jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and injunction hearings involving complex employment law and business litigation matters, including non-competition agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, hostile work environment, discrimination, retaliation, unpaid overtime, and breach of contract.

In addition, Lawrence has represented companies and individuals in lawsuits, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings involving: (1) race, gender, national origin, and disability discrimination; (2) overtime and minimum wage violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act; and (3) violations of The Family and Medical Leave Act; and (4) unfair labor practices under the National Labor Relations Act. Lawrence also represents companies when their wage and hour practices are audited by the Department of Labor.

Prior to attending law school, Lawrence was a financial analyst for Kimberly-Clark. He graduated at the top of his Baylor Law School class, and was an award-winning member of Baylor's Moot Court and Mock Trial Teams. Lawrence also served as an Executive Editor of The Baylor Law Review. After law school, Lawrence served as a law clerk to the Honorable Priscilla R. Owen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  After completing his judicial clerkship, Lawrence practiced in the Labor and Employment Section of the international law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP for six years in San Antonio, Texas.

Lawrence is a frequent author on employment law and litigation topics, and has been published in The Texas Bar Journal, The Advocate, The San Antonio Lawyer, and The Essentials of E-Discovery. Lawrence has also served on numerous boards and committees concerning employment law, including Vice-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, Fellow to the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee of the American Bar Association, Governmental Affairs Director of the San Antonio Human Resources Management Association, and a Board Member of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association.

Lawrence also frequently lectures on employment law and litigation topics, and has served on the teaching faculty of continuing legal education seminars presented by the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas, including programs on Advanced Civil Trial Law, Advanced Evidence and Discovery, Advanced Consumer and Commercial Law, Employment Law, Wage and Hour Law, Advanced Personal Injury Law, and Electronic Discovery.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor Law
  • Employment Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Non-Competition Agreements

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Labor and employment law specialist, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Education

  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2005
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers
    • Honors: Baylor Moot Court Team
    • Honors: Baylor Mock Trial Team
    • Law Review: Baylor Law Review, Executive Editor
  • University of Texas
    • B.B.A. - 2001
    • Honors: Texas Cowboys Service Organization
    • Major: Finance

Published Works

  • Wrongful Termination? But I Thought Texas Was An At-Will State: 23 Lesser Known Exceptions tothe At-Will Doctrine, The Advocate/State Bar of Texas Litigaton Section, Winter, 2014
  • Essentials of E-Discovery, Chapter 2 (Litigation Holds), 2014
  • What You Tweet Can and Will Be Used Against You in a Court of Law, The Advocates/State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section, Winter, 2012
  • Evidence in a Bench Trial, Do the Rules Really Matter?, Texas Bar Journal, February, 2010
  • The Tax Consequences of Settling an Employment Claim, San Antonio Lawyers Magazine, July/August, 2011
  • Isn't That Convenient? Texas Motions to Transfer Venue Based on Convenience after Garza v. Garcia?, 58 Baylor L. Rev. 720, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in Scene in S.A.'s 2010-2014 San Antonio's Best Lawyers Edition (Employment Litigation)
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, 2011-2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Associaiton, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Fellow, 2012 - 2014
  • San Antonio Human Resource Management Association, Government Affairs Dirctor, 2011 - 2013
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Labaor and Employment Law Committee, Vice-Chair, 2011 - 2014
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2007 - 2009
  • Lead SA, The North Chamber of Commerse's Non-Profit Foundation, Board of Directors, 2010 - 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • The Honorable Priscilla R. Owen, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Judicial Clerk
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Kimberly-Clark, Financial Analyst