Caroline Harrison is a founding Partner of Dowell Pham Harrison LLP. As an attorney Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she represents employers in disputes with former employees, and guides them through the sometimes confusing arena of employment law. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.
Caroline assists employers in variety of areas, including anti-discrimination and retaliation laws, drafting and enforcing covenants not to compete and non-solicitation agreements, and protection of trade secrets. She advises employers on the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Unemployment Compensation appeals, handling complex investigations into sensitive employment issues, Wage and Hour issues, and classification of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). She provides counseling on complex issues including discipline, termination, harassment, investigations, effective employment practices, litigation avoidance and accommodation of disabilities, as well as training human resource professionals, managers, and supervisors in all areas of employment law.
Principal Practice Areas
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2004
Extern to Honorable Terry Means, Northern District of Texas
Law Review (2002-2004), Articles Editor (2003-2004)
The University of Texas at Arlington, B.A., summa cum laude, 2001
Obtained summary judgment for food distributor in case involving allegations of race and gender discrimination and retaliation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Defended Fortune 500 aerospace company against workers’ compensation retaliation suit brought by a former employee in the 342nd District Court, Tarrant County. Obtained a complete defense verdict after a one week trial.
Obtained summary judgment for one of Tarrant County’s largest non-profit providers of early childhood education in a case involving allegations of retaliation under the FMLA, the Rehab Act, and the Texas Family Code.
Defended Fortune 500 aerospace company in a disability discrimination suit brought by a former employee in the Northern District of Texas. Obtained summary judgment for client.
Defended Fortune 500 aerospace company in a Sabine Pilot case brought by the former President of one if its subsidiary companies. After a 3 week jury trial, obtained a directed verdict for the client. Upheld on appeal. Prieto v. Bell Aerospace Services, Inc. et al, No. 02-11-00479-CV, 2013 WL5658146, (Tex. App.–Fort Worth, Oct. 17, 2013), pet. denied.
Defended Fortune 500 aerospace company in an age discrimination and retaliation suit brought by a former employee in the Northern District of Texas. The case settled before trial.
Defended Tarrant County’s largest non-profit provider of early childhood education in a case involving allegations of retaliation under the Texas Family Code. Obtained a unanimous defense verdict after less than two hours of jury deliberation.
Represented a local school district in a wrongful termination appeal to the Texas Education Agency. The case settled while on appeal.
Represented former Chief Product Development Officer of a healthcare technology company in a breach of contract case. The case settled before trial.
Defended national healthcare billing company in a tortious interference with contract and theft of trade secrets case. Obtained voluntary dismissal of all claims against client.
Defended local hospital in two suits filed by former employees who were injured while at work. One case settled prior to trial and we obtained summary judgment for the client in the other.
Represented local non-profit company in unemployment benefits appeal brought by former employee. Obtained summary judgment for client.
Defended CPA in non-compete suit brought by former employer. Obtained summary judgment for client, which was affirmed on appeal. Pickle v. Johnson, No. 02-10-0036-CV, 2011 WL 4345233, (Tex. App.—Fort Worth, Sept. 15, 2011, no pet).
Bar Admissions and Certifications
Board Certified Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
License to practice in Texas, 2004
Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
State Bar of Texas
College of the State Bar of Texas
Professional and Community
Texas Minority Council Program Steering Committee (2011-present), Co-Chair (2015-2016)
Recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thomson Reuters service (2009-2015)
Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thomson Reuters service, (2009-2015)
Tarrant County Bar Association (Director 2008, 2009-2010)
Grapevine Elementary School Principle’s Campus Excellence Committee 2015-2017
Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association (President 2008, Board of Directors 2005-2008)
Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court (Barrister 2010-2013, Secretary 2011-2012)
Former Trustee, Speedway Children’s Charities, Texas Chapter
Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2013-2014), Chair Women in Business Division (2014-2015)
Why is Being a Rainmaker so Important, Texas Minority Counsel Program, November 2017
Employment Law for Small Businesses, This Week in Weddings Podcast, October 2017
Starting & Running a Law Firm, Tarrant County Young Lawyers’ Association, October 2017
On the Hook: Understanding the Joint Employer Relationship & Protecting Against Post Release Claims by Employees, Tarrant County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, September 2017
Pitfalls in Hiring Temporary Workers, Texas Total Rewards Conference, September 2017
How you Can Get Sued Still After Getting a Release from your Ex-Employee, Chain Restaurant Total Rewards Conference, July 2017
How Your Performance Management System Impacts the Company, North Texas Compensation, July 2017 & October 2017
Social Media Laws for Employers, Business Assistance Council, May 2017
Changes to the FLSA White Collar Exemption, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Job Links, October 2016
The Importance of Client Intake Screening, Tarrant County Bar Association Transition to Practice Luncheon, September 2016
Religious Discrimination after Abercrombie, The Imperative H.R. Conference, August 2016
Ways to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Employment Law, United Way Executive Forum, October 2015
The FLSA, Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, September 2015
Overview of the FMLA, Tarrant County Bar Association, April 2015
Legal Implications of Using Volunteers, DOVIA Tarrant County, November 2014 & July 2015
Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements, Financial Executives International, Fort Worth Chapter, January 2014
The Realities of Being an Employer in 2013 (advice on how to avoid being sued), Gus Bates EPL Seminar, November 2013
The (over) Expansive Reach of the NLRA in the Private Sector, HR Southwest Conference, October, 2013
Employment Law Conference, Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce, April 2013
Hot Topics in Employment Law, North Texas Association of Medical Administrators, November 2012
“Of Counsel” Attorneys: Employees or Independent Contractors; Fort worth Association of Legal Administrators, October 2012
Creating & Maintaining a Harassment Free Environment, HR Southwest October 2012
Non-Competition Agreements & Non-Solicitation Agreements, Independent Insurance Agents of Tarrant County, April 2012
Top Five Things Every Non-Employment Attorney Should Know, Texas Wesleyan School of Law Alumni All-Star CLE, October 2011
Hiring Do’s & Don’ts, Fort Worth Chamber Small Business Section, March 2011
Being Prepared for the Practice of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 2008
Sexual Harassment, Fort Worth Chapter, Texas Society of CPA’s, 2004