Recognized as a “Rising Star” by industry observers, Michael P. Jones appears before US federal and state courts and administrative agencies to defend clients facing discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims arising under federal and state statutes, including Title VII, the ADA, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. Mike also has experience litigating noncompetition agreements, and he draws on that experience to draft and advise clients on restrictive covenants.
Mike litigates wage and hour claims under the Texas Payday Law and federal law, and defends clients facing claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, race discrimination, national origin discrimination, and workplace assault. He draws on this experience to advise clients about creating and implementing employment policies that comply with applicable statutes.
He also represented a client at arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mike was an associate at a boutique Houston law firm, where he focused on labor and employment matters. While in law school he interned for Judge David Hittner at the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and Justice Jane Bland of the Texas First Court of Appeals.
South Texas College of Law, 2009, J.D., Summa Cum Laude
University of Arizona, 2006, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Winner, Texas Lawyer’s 2015 Texas Litigation Department of the Year for Labor and Employment
Listed, Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for Employment and Labor (2016)
Listed, “Rising Star” in Employment Litigation by Texas Monthly Magazine (2014–2017)