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Key Harrington Barnes PC

Firm Profile


Key Harrington Barnes PC
3710 Rawlins Street
Suite 950
Dallas, Texas 75219

Phone: (214) 615-7925

Firm Size:

5 Lawyers

Primary Contact:

Stephen Key

Attorneys Admitted to Practice In:


Firm Description

Key Harrington Barnes PC represents employers in all traditional labor and employment law matters as well as defending clients involved in incidents of alleged Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations. The firm has set the highest of standards for client service and satisfaction. Every lawyer and staff member believes this reputation has been and will continue to be earned through the professional pyramid of (1) prompt and superior work product, (2) regular and consistent client communication, problem-avoidance counseling, and, where necessary, aggressive defense, and (3) a client-favorable fee structure.

We believe the business world belongs to companies ready to compete, willing to learn new ways to enhance their productivity, committed to adapting quickly to positive change, and determined to constantly challenge themselves, all the while trying to avoid employee problems, union organizing, OSHA complaints, or other difficulties. Our firm shares that same view and encourages preventative, versus remedial, measures. If a lawsuit can be avoided, if a company can maintain non-union status (or deal with its bargaining agent in a positive relationship), or if an OSHA complaint is not filed, that is a win-win for all concerned. In that regard, the firm believes that constant preventative training of management on how to avoid negative employee relationships is of utmost importance. However, the firm also understands that some opponents will never stop short of actual litigation. When that occurs, Key Harrington Barnes PC will spare no effort to secure the most prompt, cost-effective, and successful conclusion for those it represents.

The firm also recognizes employers in today’s marketplace in order to stay competitive must contain costs without compromising quality. As a business itself, the members of the firm embrace that fact. Consequently, the firm has been structured in way that allows a reduction in overhead with increased efficiency. It also provides the flexibility to allow the lawyers and non-lawyers to continually reexamine how matters are staffed and billed while demonstrating a clear understanding of each client’s unique business needs.


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Firm Representatives

John Freeman is engaged in the handling of civil litigation, primarily relating to employment and commercial matters, and advising employers regarding employment issues. Mr. Freeman received his bachelor's degree from Baylor University in 1967, served in the United States Navy 1967-1969, and received his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1973. While at Vanderbilt, Mr. Freeman was Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review in 1972-1973. Mr. Freeman was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1973, and is currently a member of the State Bar of Texas (Employment and Litigation Sections) and the Dallas Bar Association (Employment Section). Mr. Freeman is admitted to practice in all of the Texas state courts and in the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, and in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Freeman was born in Jackson, Tennessee in 1945.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Handbook Review
  • Personnel policies
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)

Stephen Key is a partner with Key Harrington Barnes, PC, a management-side labor & employment boutique in Dallas, Texas, where his practice is divided between litigation of employment disputes, assisting clients with union relations, advising clients on human resources matters and performing management training. Mr. Key is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in labor & employment law and is recognized as a Texas Superlawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, a distinction held by less than 5% of Texas labor & employment attorneys. Mr. Key has gained particular recognition for his success in representing employers in union organizing drives, where he has more than 60 campaigns without a single loss.