Jay Aldis

Partner, Gray Reed

Jay Aldis is a trial lawyer with nearly 30 years of experience guiding employers of all sizes through complex disputes that arise in the workplace. He has helped clients across the country resolve hundreds of difficult cases at trial, in arbitration, on summary judgment and through settlement negotiations, including claims involving all types of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, wage and hour/overtime disputes, occupational health and safety issues, and whistleblower suits. Jay is also one of the most sought-after lawyers to obtain injunctive relief and damages in high-stakes cases involving former employees who violate confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. He is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Defending employers accused of civil rights violations is another significant aspect of Jay's practice. He has handled dozens of disputes with issues ranging from due process and equal protection to false arrest, excessive force and First Amendment matters. He has also defended numerous religious organizations against sexual abuse claims.

On the administrative side of his practice, Jay represents employers before federal, state and regional government agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers' Compensation and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Jay has deep experience protecting clients at the appellate court level as well, including several arguments before the Texas Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Employers also rely on Jay to provide guidance on high-risk employment actions, employment agreements, policies and procedures, employee complaints, workplace misconduct, internal investigations and COVID-19 issues. In addition, he provides training to managers and HR professionals on maintaining regulatory compliance, proactive resolution of workplace conflicts and much more.

As a respected thought leader on employment and civil rights law, Jay is frequently called on to write and present on a wide range of topics, including employer best practices for avoiding liability pitfalls, the latest developments in non-compete jurisprudence and effective trial strategies.

Before entering private practice, Jay served as a Deputy Division Chief in the Harris County Attorney's Office, where he litigated and tried numerous civil rights and employment cases.