Daniel R. Stern


Employment relationships are transactional and deeply personal, implicating a range of economic, legal, operational, and emotional issues.

Adept at navigating all of these challenges and concerns on behalf of employers in a wide range of industries, Dan Stern lays the foundation for positive employment relationships that keep a company's workforce an asset instead of a liability.

Dan works closely and seamlessly with his clients to develop policies, practices, and programs designed to bring clarity and consistency to their overall employment environment in order to minimize potential claims or regulatory scrutiny.

He recognizes that even the most well-crafted and well-intentioned employment policies won't serve his clients well if they are not practical or compatible with a company's operations or culture. That is why he tailors his approach to each client and spends the time needed to ensure they understand the substance of their employment policies as well as their legal obligations.

Board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Dan counsels clients on matters that intersect with employer-employee relations, including wage and hours issues and discrimination and harassment claims.

Knowing that many incidents require swift responsive action, he prides himself on his availability, responsiveness, and ability to quickly evaluate the situation and develop an appropriate plan for addressing the fallout.

When claims or allegations arise, Dan views them through business and legal lenses, understanding that how a specific matter is handled can have broader financial, reputational, and employee relations implications.

He assists clients with internal investigations and advises them on appropriate remedial strategies to prevent similar future claims. Dan's unwavering focus on protecting his clients has made him a valued partner for countless employers.

My highest priority is protecting my clients. Doing so effectively often means listening as much as talking. That helps me develop approaches that align with their needs, concerns, and the realities of how they conduct their business.
      • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Staff, St. Mary's Law Journal, 1990
      • Southwest Texas State University, B.B.A., 1984
  • Bar Admissions

    • Texas, 1990
  • Court Admissions

    • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
    • United States District Court Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
    • Named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law (Management), 2015, 2024

    • Named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law (Individuals), 2021

    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law - Individuals; Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Labor Law - Union; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2011-2024

    • Recognized by San Antonio Magazine in "San Antonio's Top Attorneys" for Labor & Employment, 2019-2021

    • Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Recognized by S.A. Scene in "San Antonio’s Best Lawyers" for Employment Litigation Defense & Labor & Employment

    • Texas Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Sections
    • San Antonio Bar Association
    • Laredo Human Resource Management Association, Former Board Member
    • Society of Human Resource Management – Rio Grande Valley, Speaker
    • San Antonio Human Resource Management Association
    • San Antonio Manufacturer Association, Speaker
    • South Texas Manufacturers Association, Speaker

Latest News and Insights

Press Releases8.17.23

194 Dykema Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 and Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch”

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 194 of its attorneys, in multiple practice…

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Speaking Engagements6.23.23

What Is Reasonable About ADA Reasonable Accommodations?

Dan Stern served as a featured presenter at the Texas Conference for Employers Employment Law…

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Speaking Engagements3.23.23

Stern and Orgeron to Present on New Employment Issues at American Payroll Association San Antonio Chapter's March Educational Meeting

Dan Stern and Abigail Orgeron will serve as featured presenters at the American Payroll Association…

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