Kristina Brar is a Senior Counsel in the Houston office of Gordon & Rees who specializes in employment law and commercial litigation. Ms. Brar’s employment practice includes representing companies in claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour violations, whistleblower claims and other actions under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, and other federal and state laws, both at the administrative level and in litigation, including FLSA collective actions.
Ms. Brar assists employers with day-to-day advice and counsel on hiring, firing, performance management, disability accommodations, leaves of absence, exempt/nonexempt and employee/contractor classifications, and other personnel actions. She also drafts and updates employee manuals and policies, as well as template employment forms and letters. Ms. Brar works with her clients to develop risk management strategies to prevent costly employment law claims and litigation, including a focus on training, investigation and documentation techniques, and pre-suit resolution. Ms. Brar also helps clients keep up-to-date with new and evolving employment laws.
Ms. Brar handles administrative charges and mediations with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment benefit claims, DOL wage and hour investigations, and workplace investigations. She also drafts and negotiates severance agreements, executive employment agreements (including restrictive covenants), and independent contractor and consulting agreements.
Ms. Brar regularly provides employee training sessions on discrimination and harassment prevention, as well as manager and supervisor training regarding best practices and how to recognize and address common human resources and employment law issues.
Ms. Brar’s practice also includes a wide range of commercial and insurance matters, such as breach of contract, business tort disputes, and insurance bad faith claims in state and federal courts and arbitration. In commercial and insurance cases handled by the firm, Ms. Brar is often called upon by other litigators to conduct in-depth legal research and analysis and draft critical motions and briefs, such as motions to exclude expert testimony on various technical and scientific matters and comprehensive motions for summary judgment in high-stakes cases.
Ms. Brar is a native of San Diego, California, where she began college at the age of 16. She transferred to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she also attended Baylor Law School. Ms. Brar now considers Houston her home, and lives with her husband and two children.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association