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Joseph W. Gagnon

Partner, Houston
t: 713.292.5613
f: 713.292.0151


Joe Gagnon is an experienced trial attorney who defends employers in litigation and arbitration filed in every region of Texas. He is a partner in the Houston office.

Joe's broad experience includes the defense of discrimination and discharge claims brought under Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and whistleblower statutes. He routinely defends state law claims including workers' comp retaliation, breach of contract, fraud, defamation, malicious prosecution, and assault.

Joe also represents several Texas-based non-subscribing employers against claims of negligence, and associated benefits claims filed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

He frequently provides preventive services to reduce the likelihood of litigation, including general consultation, management and employee training, development of employment policies, and consultation regarding legislative current events and judicial trends.



  • Litigation of various matters avoided with early engagement and dialogue, saving clients from incurring substantial litigation costs.

Reported Cases

  • KBFA Inv. Group, Inc. v. FedEx Ground Package Sys., Inc., 818 Fed. App’x 362 (5th Cir. 2020) (per curiam).
  • Thanedar v. Time Warner, Inc., 352 Fed. App'x 891 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Hart v. Comcast of Houston, 347 Fed. App'x 978 (5th Cir. 2009)

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • "AV" Peer Review rating with Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2021)

Professional Activities

  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, State Bar of Texas – Labor and Employment Section
  • Member, State Bar of Texas – Appellate Section

Community Activities

  • Youth sports coach
  • University of Texas Law Mentor


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • “It Takes Two to Tango: Partnering with HR to Avoid Costly Employment Claims” - Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • “How Would This Look in Court?” – Dallas and Houston – Compli-sponsored symposium 
    6.13.12 -6.14.12


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