Evan Blankenau is an associate in the Houston office of Locke Lord LLP where he represents employers in a variety of labor and employment matters. Evan has experience representing local and multinational employers in single plaintiff and multi-plaintiff wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Evan has addressed issues such as joint employment, misclassification of employees, and exemptions from the FLSA’s overtime provisions, and he has counseled employers on best pay practices and time keeping practices under the FLSA.
Additionally, Evan has prosecuted and defended against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, employee raiding, and breach of fiduciary duties in the employment context. Evan has represented local small business owners and Fortune 500 companies against claims of discrimination and retaliation on the basis of race, disability, national origin, and sex under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, FMLA, and Chapters 21 and 451 of the Texas Labor Code.
Evan also has experience drafting employment agreements, separation and release agreements, restricting covenants such as non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements, as well as conducting due diligence associated with employment matters in asset and equity transactions.
In addition to representing clients in litigation and transactions, Evan also works with companies to develop and implement employment practices and procedures, such as revising and drafting employment handbooks, drafting specific employment policies related to leaves of absence, vacation and sick leave, social media use, and the protection of company property, among other issues.
Evan also represents owners and operators of public accommodations against claims of inadequate access under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related state laws.
- Represented RISC Networks, an industry leader in cloud, data center and network operations analytics, in the company’s acquisition by Flexera
Professional Affiliations and Recognitions
- Member, Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court
- Member, Houston Bar Association
- Named, Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine (2019-2020)