AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Business and Commercial Litigation
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, B.A., cum laude, 2010
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of California
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Young Lawyers Association
Ms. Avant was born in Burbank, California.
Clouse Brown PLLC
Ms. Avant is an attorney in Clouse Brown’s litigation group. She practices employment law and defends clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission. Ms. Avant represents and counsels employers and employees in all aspects of employment law, including, but not limited to, discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of employment contracts, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, and wage and hour cases.
Ms. Avant graduated cum laude from University of Louisiana in 2010, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science. In 2013, Ms. Avant received her J.D. and graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. During law school, Ms. Avant was a judicial intern for Chief Justice Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Avant was named to the annual Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2020, as well as the inaugural issue of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Jury trial experience in breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, wage and hour, and other employment claims.
Drafting and reviewing employment contracts and severance agreements for employees, senior executives, and independent contractors.
Experience in defending temporary and permanent injunctions in trade secret, misappropriation, nonsolicitation, and noncompete cases in both state and federal court.
Representing employers and employees in mediation and employment negotiations.
Representing employers in investigatory proceedings before the EEOC and the DOL.
Representing employers and employees in proceedings with the TWC.
Advising employers regarding employment policies, training, employment contracts and other personnel issues.
Title VII and Discrimination in the Workplace (Panel Discussion) with The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (March 2017).
Social Media in the Workplace: Protecting Yourself as a Small Business Owner with The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (March 2015).