The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012
Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2013
Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2012)
Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012)
Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey
honors + affiliations
Co-chair, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment and Labor Relations Committee (2005–2008); Co-chair, Distance CLE Committee (2009–2010); Member, Task Force on Valuing Litigation (2010–2011)
Named One of the State's "Rising Stars" by Texas Monthly (2005)
Named One of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40" by D Magazine (2006)
Named One of the "Best Women Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine (2010)
Named One of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine (2011, 2013)
Listed, Texas Monthly “Super Lawyer” (2006)
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011–2013)
Member, Dallas Bar Association, Employment Law Section
Member, Texas Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
Sustaining Fellow, Texas Bar Association
Sustaining Fellow, American Bar Association
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Ann Marie Painter is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Ms. Painter focuses her practice on defending employers in employment litigation matters, including wage and hour compliance, all categories of alleged discrimination and harassment and retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, retaliation, and unfair competition. Ms. Painter has a background in both FLSA and state wage and hour collective and class actions. She regularly litigates in state and federal courts, having made appearances on behalf of clients in more than 10 states, including California, and participates in mediations before some of the nation's best alternative dispute resolution practitioners.
Ms. Painter also regularly counsels employers in employment matters, including wage and hour audits, reductions in force, noncompete issues, privacy concerns, individual employee terminations, disability accommodation matters, WARN, FMLA, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Texas Commission on Human Rights agency charges. In addition, she has worked with many clients in the development and implementation of strategies and policies to effectuate corporate business goals for transitioning and restructuring. Ms. Painter regularly negotiates executive and other employment agreements, as well as separation arrangements using employer-protective releases. She frequently conducts employment law training sessions for employees and management at every level, and she represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including retail, manufacturing, hospitality, banking/finance, media, and technology.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ms. Painter was an employment partner at a leading international law firm.
Ms. Painter serves on the Board of Directors for the Vogel Alcove, is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Association, served as chair of the 2006 Dallas Bar Association Speaker’s Committee, and is a past co-chair of the ABA Section of Litigation Employment & Labor Relations Law Committee.
Ms. Painter writes and lectures on labor and employment subjects and is an editorial board member for the Family and Medical Leave Handbook, published by Thompson Publishing Company.
Ms. Painter received her J.D., with high honors, from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1992, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Carson-Newman College in 1988.
Ms. Painter is admitted to practice in Texas and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
- University of Tennessee College of Law, 1992, J.D., High Honors
- Carson-Newman College, 1988, B.A., Summa Cum Laude