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Neel, Hooper and Banes, P.C.

Neel, Hooper and Banes, P.C.
1800 West Loop South
Suite 1750
Houston, Texas 77027
Phone: (713) 629-1800
Fax: (713) 629-1812
Web site:
Firm Size: 9 Lawyers
Primary Contact:
Bryant S. Banes

Firm Description

Neel, Hooper & Banes, P.C., which was established in 1972, represents management in all phases of labor and employment law and employee relations. Our services broadly include union avoidance; defending claims of discrimination arising under various civil rights acts before administrative agencies and courts; representing employers in wrongful termination suits and other employment related litigation; handling claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal and state wage-related statutes; defense of OSHA matters; defense of claims of violation by employers of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; representation of employers in contract negotiations and grievances under collective bargaining agreements; representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board; assisting employers in drafting and seeking enforcement of employment contracts; and ongoing advice and counsel regarding employment issues, including the review, development and implementation of company policies and employee handbooks. We also provide our clients with particular expertise in assisting with government contract-related issues.

While we continue to handle more traditional labor work such as union organizational campaigns, unfair labor practice trials, arbitrations and the like, the bulk of our case load since the late 1980's has been in representing employers in various forums on claims of discriminatory treatment. Over that period, we have handled to conclusion at the trier of fact level, cases involving alleged sex (including sexual harassment), age, race, national origin, disability or retaliation discrimination; alleged breaches of employment contracts created by oral promises and/or handbooks or other written pronouncements; claimed breaches of an alleged good faith and fair dealing obligation; alleged discriminatory treatment because of an employee's filing a workers' compensation claim or complaining about unsafe practices; slander, libel, blacklisting, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and alleged tortious interference with contractual relationships. 


Attorney Biographies

Bryant S. Banes
Bryant S. Banes, born Junction City, Kansas, July 6, 1965, admitted to bar, 2002, Texas; 1990, Louisiana; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of International Trade, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims, Colorado District Court, Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court, Texas Western District Court. Prepatory education, Kansas State University (B.S., 1987); legal education, Louisiana State University (J.D., 1990). Adjunct Professor, George Mason University, 2000; U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's School. Member: American Bar Association (Public Contract Law Section); State Bar of Texas (Section on Labor and Employment Law); Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2006; National Contract Management Association's Space City Chapter; the Greater Houston Partnership; and Houston Rotary Club.

Linda Hursey Evans
Linda Hursey Evans, born E. St. Louis, Illiniois, July 24, 1949; admitted to bar, 2000, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas. Prepartory education, Southern Illinois University (B.S., 1971); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., 2000). Phi Delta Phi Highest Grade Award-Administration of Estates; Director of Council for Alternative Resolution. Member: State Bar of Texas (Labor and Employment Law Section); Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2005; Houston Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section); and The Woodlands Bar Association.

Sean D. Forbes
Sean D. Forbes, admitted to bar, 2003, Texas; also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas and Texas Supreme Court. Prepatory education, University of Texas (B.A., 1999); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., 2003). Member: State Bar of Texas.

Stormy Hendershott
Stormy Hendershott, born in Houston, Texas, on August 27, 1982, admitted to bar, 2009, Texas. Preparatory education, University of the South: Sewanee (B.A., 2004); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., 2008). Member: State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association.

Samuel E. Hooper
Founding Partner, 1942-2009

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