Senior Trial Counsel
Location: Houston Office
Carmen Jo Rejda-Ponce (“CJ”) focuses on a broad range of labor and employment litigation, including, discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, disability accommodation, workers’ compensation retaliation, on-the-job injuries, and wage and hour issues. She has represented private and public sector clients in employment-related disputes before federal and state courts, federal and state administrative agencies, mediators, and arbitrators.
CJ also counsels private and public employers on labor and employment concerns, including, developing and revising workplace policies and procedures, investigating and addressing employee complaints, conducting employee disciplines and terminations, drafting employment, separation, and other agreements, and determining proactive solutions to workplace problems while avoiding litigation.
CJ also represents public sector clients in a variety of civil rights matters, including defense of excessive force, wrongful arrest, inmate medical care, and jail death matters.
CJ previously served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Houston in Labor, Employment, and Civil Rights Division. She was also a registered lobbyist during the 2013 Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.