Justin Markel is a shareholder attorney in the labor & employment, corporate transactions, and community associations practices of Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC.
Mr. Markel advises and counsels employers regarding various employment law issues. Among other things, Mr. Markel assists employers craft employment policies and contracts, and also counsels employers regarding issues relating to the hiring, pay, discipline, and termination of employees. Moreover, Mr. Markel assists employers respond to employees’ requests for leave and accommodations, as well as complaints of harassment and retaliation. Mr.Markel also represents employers in investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission. In addition, Mr. Markel represents employers in employment litigation, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and unlawful pay practices, as well as actions to enforce covenants not to compete. Mr. Markel is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
In addition to employment law, Mr. Markel practices in the firm’s corporate- transactions practice, advising clients on various issues, including entity formation, corporate governance, fiduciary duties, transfers of ownership interests, corporate acquisitions, and dissolution. Mr. Markel also serves as clients’ outside general counsel, reviewing various contracts and assisting clients navigate risk-management issues.
Mr. Markel also practices fair housing law in the firm’s community associations practice. In this area, Mr. Markel advises community associations regarding their obligations under the federal and Texas Fair Housing Acts, and also defends community associations and management companies against agency investigations and litigation involving housing-discrimination claims.
Mr. Markel earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law, graduating summa cum laude (highest honors), and earning a certificate in Transactional Law Practice. After law school, Mr. Markel clerked for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Stephen Wm. Smith, in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.