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Rea K. Ferandez Senior Attorney

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2011

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Education

Columbia Law School, J.D., 2011

  • Human Rights Law Review, Executive State Supplements Editor
  • Foundation Moot Court Program, Student Editor and First Year Teaching Fellow

The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2007

Rea Ferandez is an attorney in Dykema's litigation department in the San Antonio, Texas office. Ms. Ferandez represents clients in state and federal courts in all aspects of complex employment litigation for clients of all sizes, addressing employment issues dealing with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA), the Fair Credit and Reporting Act, the Texas Workers' Compensation Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and breaches of employment contracts. She also represents clients before state and federal administrative agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Additionally, Ms. Ferandez has worked with clients to resolve employment-related claims through various forms of alternative dispute resolution by drafting mandatory grievance and arbitration procedures and representing employers in mediation and arbitration.

Prior to joining Dykema, Ms. Ferandez was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael H. Schneider of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Experience

  • Drafted appellate brief and secured a favorable ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which affirmed summary judgment in a breach of contract case.
  • Drafted motion to dismiss and secured a favorable ruling from the Western District of Texas, where the plaintiff alleged claims of disability discrimination and retaliation under the ADA, the TCHRA, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and civil conspiracy.
  • Drafted motion for summary judgment and secured a favorable ruling from the Southern District of Texas, which dismissed plaintiff's Title VII race and retaliation claims against a healthcare facility.
  • Drafted motion for summary judgment and secured a favorable ruling from the Southern District of Texas, which dismissed plaintiff's failure to accommodate claims against a healthcare facility.
  • Drafted appellate brief and secured a favorable ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which denied appellee's request for rehearing en banc, in a Title VII hostile work environment and retaliation case.
  • Represented a large medical device company in a breach of contract arbitration and was primarily responsible for all pre-arbitration matters, from discovery to depositions to pre-arbitration hearing issues.
  • Represented a large consulting firm as trial counsel in a gender discrimination lawsuit in the Southern District of Texas that resulted in a complete defense verdict after a jury trial.
  • Represented a transportation company and served as trial counsel in a multi-plaintiff discrimination case in the Northern District of Texas, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the client immediately prior to closing arguments.
  • Represented a medical sales company in an Unfair Labor Practice issue before the National Labor Relations Board that resulted in a complete dismissal of the complainant’s claims.
  • Represented a multi-national food and beverage corporation in an age, sex, hostile work environment, and retaliation lawsuit before the State of Florida – Division of Administrative Hearings that resulted in a completed dismissal of the claimant’s claims.

Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Texas
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The William S. Sessions American Inn of Court
  • Phi Beta Kappa