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The attorneys of Lee & Braziel, LLP have the knowledge, experience and dedication to help solve your civil litigation matters. For more information about the firm, please contact us.  While all the firm's attorneys have experience in wage and hour cases, the firm's overtime practice is overseen by J. Derek Braziel.



J. Derek Braziel has been practicing Labor and Employment law (and wage and hour law) for over 15 years.  He has been selected a SuperLawyer by Texas Monthly / Law and Politics Magazine every year the honor has been offered (2003 to present).  He also selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas / one of the Best Lawyers under 40 in Dallas by D Magazine (2004-2013). Mr. Braziel is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Chief Justice of the William Minor Lile Moot Court Board. After graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Howell Cobb, United States District Court - Eastern District of Texas. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Baylor University, where he received his B.B.A. degree in Quantitative Business Analysis (Statistics) and Marketing and was President of the Student Congress. He was also one of 12 state finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship and an alternate for the Truman Scholarship. He has been admitted to practice in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.   Mr. Braziel is involved in the Dallas Bar Association where he has served as the Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section and on the Executive Committee for the Labor and Employment Law Section for over five years.  Recently, Mr. Braziel was appointed Plaintiff's Co-Chair of the ABA's Federal Labor Standards Legislation Sub-Committee which focuses on the FLSA and other federal laws.

Mr. Braziel represents plaintiffs in collective action and class action litigation concerning rights asserted under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and commensurate state laws governing wages.  Prior to exclusively representing employees, Mr. Braziel worked for the nation's largest law firm specializing in employment law.   Although based in Texas , Mr. Braziel has a national practice and has represented employees from across the nation.   Since exclusively focusing his practice on wage and hour cases, Mr. Braziel has recovered more than $110 million in unpaid wages for his clients. 

Mr. Braziel is also a frequent speaker and author on overtime litigation.  He has spoken to labor and employment attorneys at the ABA Annual Convention and to plaintiffs' employment attorneys at NELA's annual convention and wage and hour seminars.  He is an author of and senior editorial board member for the seminal treatise on federal overtime law, The Fair Labor Standards Act (Second Edition) (ed. Kearns) and has been a contributor, editor, or associate editor-in-chief of The Fair Labor Standards Act Supplement for over ten years.

Mr. Braziel also has a breadth of experience in other areas of employment litigation, including racial discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, age discrimination, and disability discrimination. He has litigated disputes over unfair competition and noncompetition agreements.  He has dedicated his time to such activities as the delivery of pro bono labor and employment legal services to charitable and civic organizations such as Dallas Community Television, the Center for Nonprofit Management, and the North Texas Food Bank.

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