McGinnis Lochridge is proud to announce that attorneys Paul Clote and Felicity Fowler have been voted 2021-2022 Top Lawyers by Houstonia Magazine. Every year the magazine sends out surveys to Houston’s attorneys who cast their votes for Houston’s Top Lawyers.
Paul Clote was voted a Top Lawyer for Arbitration and Mediation. Paul has been a litigation attorney handling trials and appeals for more than four decades. His cases involve commercial and business disputes across a variety of industries. He has tried to verdict in both state and federal courts, cases entailing fiduciary duties; partnership termination and windup; letters of credit; business fraud and civil theft; trust account funds; broker commissions; ERISA disability benefits; child abuse; minimum wage and overtime claims; oil and gas operating agreements; and an election contest. He has argued appeals in the 5th Circuit, Texas Supreme Court and Texas Courts of Appeal.
Paul also serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special master in complex commercial cases in Houston, Austin and Central Texas.
Paul has served as an Adjunct Professor in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Rice University; a Visiting Professor in Commercial Arbitration at the National Law Academy of Odessa, Ukraine; and at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) School of Law.
Felicity Fowler was voted a Top Lawyer for Labor and Employment. Felicity has more than 28 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 and in a few foreign jurisdictions.
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, EPA, 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/inclusion, conducting investigations, social media, and COVID-19 rules and regulations.