Alyson C. Brown
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1986, Leading Articles Editor, Journal of Air Law and Commerce
Texas Woman’s University, M.B.A., 2010
University of Missouri–Kansas City, B.A., 1983, summa cum laude
State Bar of Texas
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
Ms. Brown was born in San Antonio, Texas.
Alyson C. Brown
Clouse Brown PLLC
Dallas employment lawyer Alyson Brown specializes in employment law, representing employers and executives in all facets of the employment relationship. She has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout Texas and in other states. She also represents clients in arbitrations (including AAA, JAMS and FINRA) and administrative proceedings with state and federal agencies. She represents clients in a broad range of industries, including health care, banking, energy, high-tech, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Brown is regularly retained by national and regional law firms to represent their clients’ senior executives when separate counsel is needed. She also regularly works with other firms and their clients to conduct independent investigations of employment law claims.
Prior to joining Clouse Brown, Ms. Brown was the general counsel of MADD, a national nonprofit organization.
Ms. Brown is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She also serves as an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association for employment disputes and actively works as a mediator. Ms. Brown is a past chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, serves on the Labor and Employment Law Advisory Committee for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has previously served on State Bar of Texas District 6 (Dallas) Grievance Committee.
Ms. Brown has been named one of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas since 2019, and has been annually recognized by The Best Lawyers in America since 2020. She has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters service, for Employment and Labor Law every year since 2012, and in 2018 she was named to the Top Women Attorneys in Texas by Super Lawyers.
In October 2018, Alyson Brown obtained a directed verdict that dismissed all claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, and misappropriation of confidential information that had been asserted against her senior executive client by his former employer.
Jury trial and arbitration experience in breach of contract, discrimination, negligent hiring, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret, and other employment claims.
Extensive experience obtaining and defending temporary and permanent injunctions in trade secret, misappropriation, unfair competition, and noncompete cases.
Successfully defended wage and hour litigation matters, including FLSA collective actions and DOL investigations.
Negotiates and drafts employment contracts and severance agreements for senior executives.
Defended employers against claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on sex, race, disability, age, religion, and sexual orientation.
Successfully represented clients in individual and class action ERISA proceedings.
Frequently counsels employers regarding all employment issues, including employment contracts, policies, training, HR audits, internal investigations, and employee discipline.
Develops and implements risk reduction and compliance strategies for employers.
Taught business law at Texas Woman’s University MBA Program and Trial Advocacy at SMU’s Dedman School of Law.
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
Dallas County Medical Society, “Don’t Perform Surgery on Yourself: Why Doctors Shouldn’t Draft Their Own Employment Agreements” (Dallas, Texas – August 2018).
Dallas Medical Journal, May 2018, “If You Wouldn’t Perform Your Own Surgery, Don’t Draft Your Own Employment Contracts.”
Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine’s 2017 Skills and Leadership Conference – Women in Medicine Leadership Development Forum (Grapevine, Texas – October 2017).
Dallas Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Winter Judicial Conference, “Employment Litigation: A Judicial Perspective” with panelists Hon. David C. Godbey, Hon. Paul D. Stickney, and Hon. Martin Hoffman (Dallas, Texas – January 2017).
Dallas CPA Society Annual Conference, “Employment Law Update: Changes and Trends in ADAAA, FMLA and Discrimination” (Dallas, Texas – May 2012).
Dallas Bar Association Friday CLE Clinic, topics included “right to work,” background checks, social media, and retaliation (Dallas, Texas – December 2011).
Dallas Bar Association Labor & Employment Section presentation on effective arbitration with JAMS mediators Cecilia Morgan and Karen Willcutts (Dallas, Texas – October 2011).