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Stephen J. Roppolo

Regional Managing Partner, Houston
t: 713.292.5601
c: 713.269.5952
f: 713.292.0151


Steve Roppolo is managing partner in the firm's Houston office. He has extensive jury trial and arbitration experience litigating all types of employment claims in federal and state courts on behalf of employers.

He has defended companies of various sizes in cases involving allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, defamation, breach of employment contract, and other employment torts.

In addition, Steve has successfully obtained injunctive relief on behalf of companies seeking to enforce non-compete agreements against former employees, in some cases obtaining monetary settlements from the departed employees.

His counseling and litigation practice includes extensive work with independent schools and hospitality clients. Additionally, Steve regularly counsels large and small companies regarding day-to-day employment matters.

He helps employers avoid employment litigation by conducting training for managers and developing policies and procedures designed to minimize exposure to litigation claims.

Finally, Steve has developed an in-depth knowledge of employment issues facing automobile dealerships, having represented the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association as Labor Counsel and having been a member of the firm's Dealership Practice Group since its inception.

Steve is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2009.

Steve is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Reported Cases

  • Horak v. Glazers Wholesale Drug Co., Inc., 2006 WL 2017110 (N.D. Tex. 2006)
  • Williams v. Fresenius Medical Care North America, Inc., 2006 WL 295392 (S.D. Ala. 2006)
  • Chiasson v. City of Thibodaux, 347 F. Supp. 2d 300 (E.D. La. Nov 01, 2004)
  • Robertson v. Burger King, Inc., 848 F. Supp. 78 (E.D. La. 1994)
  • Tran v. Petroleum Helicopters, 771 So.2d 673 (La. App. 2000)

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2018 – 2021)
  • "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2009

Professional Activities

  • General Counsel, Board of Directors, HR Houston (2017-2018)
  • Member, Labor and Employment Committee, Houston Bar Association
  • Chair, Labor and Employment Committee (2003-2004), New Orleans Bar Association



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS)
  • NAES Biennial Conference - National Association of Episcopal Schools


  • "Employers Face Liability Year Round"
    Houston Chronicle
  • "Law Defines how Employers Prevent Workplace Violence"
    Houston Business Journal
    February 2011
  • "Avoiding Liability for Employee Issues in Dealership Acquisitions"
    Dealers' Choice Texas Auto Dealers Association
    Fall 2010


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