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Richard Brann Partner Baker Botts, Houston Years ago in Houston, all the attorneys who practiced labor and employment law could fit into one conference room. One of them would have been Richard Brann, who has been practicing labor and employment law for more than three decades. Now 57, his work has involved litigation and counseling employers so they can avoid running afoul of the law. Brann has successfully defended class action employment cases, including Bay v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Brown v. Delta Air Lines, as well as individual discrimination and wrongful-discharge cases, including Savage v. Hoechst Celanese Corp. He still occasionally handles a traditional labor case involving claims of unfair practices. “The practice has changed from what is primarily labor law to employment law claims of all types, mostly under federal statutes,” says Brann, head of the employment law practice area at Baker Botts. Like many in the field who went to law school in Austin, Brann was inspired by the late Jerre Williams, a University of Texas School of Law professor who taught a labor law course and later became a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge. After graduating from the UT Law School in 1968, Brann worked at Baker Botts practicing labor and employment, a field he still finds fascinating. “Not only are the fact patterns of the cases that we handle and the fast pace of new legal developments interesting and challenging, I personally have really enjoyed the people that I’ve worked with at Baker Botts,” he says. “We handle these employment cases as a team here at the firm, and I couldn’t have had better teammates from the day I started July 15, 1968, until today.”

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