Felicity A. Fowler has more than 27 years of experience representing employers in all facets of employment law, including litigation, arbitrations, injunctive relief, administrative proceedings, counseling and trainings throughout the United States.

She has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1998 as a specialist in the field of Labor and Employment Law, and chaired a multitude of lawsuits on behalf of employers in state and federal courts (including class and FLSA collective actions), arbitrations, and agency proceedings at the EEOC, DOL, OFCCP and TWC, among others. Felicity also regularly works with clients on complex employment matters such as wage and hour (FLSA and state law equivalents), discrimination and harassment (Title VII, Section 1981), retaliation, leaves of absence (ADA, FMLA), employee terminations, accommodations (ADA – both Title I & Title III), affirmative action plans (AAP), pay equity, trade secrets, non-competition and non-solicitation covenants, whistleblowers and reorganizations/reductions in force (WARN Act). Additionally, Felicity often conducts complex, sensitive and significant investigations on behalf of her clients. Felicity is also a frequent lecturer on numerous employment law topics, including FMLA, ADA, FLSA, harassment, diversity, conducting investigations and social media.

After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, Felicity earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center where she also focused on employment/labor law.  Throughout Felicity’s career, she has received numerous awards including Best Employment Lawyer in Texas, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Houston, Top 15 Women in Business in Houston, and a Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas.  She has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, in Employment and Labor, for the years 2003-2004, 2007-2018. 

  • Defended a well-known U.S. corporation in a highly-publicized, class-based discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in U.S. District Court under the Americans with Disabilities Act and secured summary judgment on the basis that the class EEOC sought to represent was not disabled within the meaning of the ADA in EEOC v. Exxon Corp., 124 F.Supp. 2d 987 (N.D. Tex. 2000).
  • Successfully argued before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Hockman v. Westward Communications, 407 F.3d 317 (5th Cir. 2004), issue of first impression, which resulted in employer friendly defense standard in co-worker harassment cases; also handled companion case, Harvill v. Westward Communications, 433 F.3d 428 (5th Cir. 2005) (the Westward cases are often cited in the Fifth Circuit on various aspects of sexual harassment jurisprudence).
  • Helped secure a Fifth Circuit opinion that an employer can defend a safety-based policy under the ADA on business necessity grounds.
  • Successfully tried numerous employment law cases in Federal and State courts, as well as several arbitration forums.
  • Successfully obtained and/or defended numerous temporary and permanent injunctions in misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and covenant not to compete cases.
  • Representation of securities brokerage firms in employment disputes. Recent experience includes a complete defense award for a client in a dispute filed by a former broker challenging stock forfeiture provisions in national employer's employee incentive compensation plan (Howell v. Citigroup Global Markets Inc.,NYSE No. 2004-015794).
  • Successfully handled several wage and hour litigation matters, including multiple collective actions under the FLSA.
  • Obtained dismissal of sexual harassment case for employer based on jurisdictional arguments in Lee v. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53693 (S.D. Tex., July 25, 2007).
  • Obtained numerous summary judgments for employers in employment litigation matters, including: (1) Hockman v. Westward Communications, 282 F.Supp. 2d 512 (E.D. Tex. 2003) (sexual harassment); (2) Harvill v. Westward Communications, 311 F.Supp. 2d 573 (E.D. Tex. 2004) (sexual harassment/FLSA); (3) Weeks v. NationsBank of Texas, N.A., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4069 (N.D. Tex. 2000) (retaliation); (4) Garrity v. NationsBank of Texas, N.A., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1454 (N.D. Tex. 1999) (gender discrimination); and (5) Kushner v. Nationsbank, N.A., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12708 (N.D. Tex. 1998) (ADA discrimination).
  • Frequently lectures on employment law topics for both lawyers and human resources professionals.
  • Employment law training, investigations, analysis, and resolution of complex employment situations.
  • Recognized by The National Diversity Council as one of Houston’s Top 15 Women in Business (2016); Top 50 Women Lawyers - Houston (2017)
  • Selected as a 2013 Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas by the National Diversity Council (2013)
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, in Employment and Labor (2003-2004, 2007-2018)
  • Recognized among the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Houston Super Lawyers (2010-2011)

  • Family Services of Greater Houston (Board of Directors, 2005-2015)
  • Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, 2010-2012)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Standing Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession, (2012-2013, past Deputy Regional President, Region XII)
  • Houston Diversity Council, co-founder
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association – Labor & Employment, Litigation Sections
  • Houston Bar Association – Labor & Employment, Litigation Section
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (Board of Directors, 2004 to 2014)