Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced today that Douglas Haloftis has joined the firm as a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department. Previously, Haloftis was a partner at Gardere Synne Sewell LLP.

“A heightened regulatory environment following the passage of the Affordable Care Act has led to a bevy of new labor and employment challenges,” said Mark Bayer, managing partner of the Dallas office. “Doug’s breadth of experience counseling clients – particularly those with Texas roots – in this and other emerging areas of employment law makes him a tremendous addition to our expanding presence in Dallas.”

Haloftis is the latest in a string of new additions to the Dallas office, the most recent of which was litigator Victor Vital. The office opened in June and now has seven lawyers working in the areas of intellectual property, litigation, bankruptcy and labor and employment.

Haloftis represents publicly-traded corporations, private-equity firms, and high-net worth individuals in a broad range of employment, fiduciary, public-reporting, and litigation concerns. His practice involves a mix of courtroom work in appropriate cases and service as a trusted legal advisor to management, corporate boards, plan fiduciaries, insurers, and executives covering a wide spectrum of corporate governance and SEC-reporting obligations, fiduciary matters, contract interpretation, employment and executive compensation and non-competition concerns. He has handled hundreds of employment, fiduciary, contract and benefits-related lawsuits; served as panel, coverage and/or monitoring counsel for major insurance carriers; and tried more than 25 cases to verdict.
At his previous firm, Haloftis spearheaded the firm’s employment and immigration practices, and served on its diversity and political action committees. Haloftis is a frequent author and speaker on corporate governance topics, he serves on the board of the Vision Forum (a human rights speakers’ forum), and was a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships from 2008-2010.

Haloftis earned his J.D., cum laude, from South Texas College of Law and his B.A., cum laude, from Saint Louis University. In May 2016, he will complete an LL.M. in taxation from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University.


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