Industries & Practices


“I wholeheartedly recommend the law firm of Coats Rose. As the Chief Legal Officer of the University Health System, I have had extensive experience working with Richard Reed, Adam Richie and other attorneys in both their San Antonio and other offices. Perhaps the greatest demonstration of the success of Coats Rose's work on the CIP relates to a construction failure. A portion of a 10 story garage under construction at the Medical Center site collapsed. Thankfully there were no fatalities or serious injuries; however, that portion of the work was a multi-million dollar loss. Coats Rose was immediately available to assist us as we employed a forensic engineer and undertook an extensive investigation into the collapse. Due to the structure of the insurance program, and the strength of the protections built into our contracts, no litigation ensued over the collapse."
-Michael Hernandez,
Chief Legal Officer
University Health System
- San Antonio

"The attorneys at Coats Rose possess a unique understanding of complex construction law combined with rare deep understanding of how commercial construction goes together in the real world. Those skills taken in combination have deftly served Dyad to avoid many common pitfalls of our competitors."
- Rick Trask Owner Dyad Construction, L.P

"Coats Rose attorneys have always handled our account as if we were their only client; and their wisdom, candor and availability makes the Coats Rose team our first choice when legal matters arise."
- Gregory Smith, PE Executive Vice President, Partner Jamail & Smith Construction

"Coats Rose and I have worked together on many matters, and they have always been very thorough, efficient and readily available to provide legal services… I appreciate the expertise Coats Rose provides in construction and business related matters, and their ability to provide and convey that knowledge quickly and efficiently."
- Donald R. Boehm

"Thank you (Timothy Green, Director, Public Finance Law) for all your hard work to help us bring together two municipalities that were long overdue in becoming one. We are blessed as a commUNITY to embark on a "new journey" as one political subdivision serving its citizens and business owners." -Carrie F. Gordon, Ph.D.
Mayor of Balch Springs, TX

Labor and Employment Law

As regional and global business markets become more competitive, a company’s right to manage its human resources effectively is crucial to the bottom line.
The attorneys of Coats Rose understand this fundamental truth, and are committed to helping management clients navigate and negotiate the changing landscape of federal, state and local laws that apply to the workplace.

The Coats Rose employment law attorneys’ mission is to arm clients with sound employment strategies and practices, and provide real-world advice for handling the everyday workplace. This includes everything from consultation on employee handbooks and human resource policies, workplace audits, compliance with employment statutes and regulations, labor union policies and relations to employee headcount issues with the goal of avoiding litigation. In the unfortunate event that litigation arises, our attorneys are highly experienced and capable of delivering satisfactory resolution.

Smarter Human Resources Management
Preventive maintenance is also a cost-effective component of our Labor and Employment Law practice. Coats Rose attorneys draft employment agreements and business protection agreements for our clients, such as non-competition / non-solicitation provisions and trade secret clauses. We are also equipped to defend or prosecute these employment agreements.

Above and beyond our strategic legal counsel, Coats Rose offers clients two avenues for understanding and implementing the changing world of employment law. We facilitate management training workshops designed to assist employers in avoiding legal actions. Coats Rose workshops cover a broad range of topics relevant to human resources management, such as workplace harassment, response to unions, the basics of supervision, EEO, ADA and FMLA.

Coats Rose also offers a strong information and news alert program, designed to keep our clients updated on the fast-changing employment world. This information services program is further enhanced by a member of the Section who sits on the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Labor Relations Committee.

Areas of Practice

  • Counsel and litigation of claims under the following:
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  • Davis-Bacon Act
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Federal Arbitration
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
  • Sarbanes Oxley/Retaliation/Whistleblower
  • Service Contract Act
  • Texas Payday Act
  • Title VII discrimination
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Walsh-Healy Act
  • WARN Act (plant closing law)

Administrative proceedings with the following:

  • Department of Labor
  • EEOC
  • State Work Force Commissions

Labor and Union Relations counsel for the following:

  • Arbitrations
  • Corporate campaigns
  • Collective bargaining
  • Legal actions against unions
  • Neutrality/card check agreements and campaigns
  • Organizing campaigns
  • Secondary boycotts
  • Strikes and strike injunctions
  • Unfair labor practice charges