Dennis P. Duffy is a partner with Baker & Hostetler, LLP, in Houston, Texas, representing management exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law, including defending allegations of discrimination, unfair labor practices, wage and hour, OSHA claims, whistleblowing complaints and wrongful discharge, counseling and training to employers on managing workplace issues and preventing employment lawsuits. Prior to re-entering private practice, Mr. Duffy was Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Labor and Employment with Time Warner Inc.
Mr. Duffy has extensive strategic and advisory legal experience in handling global corporate human resources issues, and in collaborating with businesses to provide counsel and training on how to prevent and/or manage workplace legal issues and to avoid escalation and litigation. He also has extensive experience in handling acquisition/divestiture employment issues, including due diligence, pre-merger planning, and post-merger integration issues.
Prior to joining Time Warner, Mr. Duffy was general counsel of the University of Houston System. Mr. Duffy was the first General Counsel of the U.S. Office of Compliance, Washington, D.C., which is responsible for administering and enforcing the Congressional Accountability Act, which applies various civil rights, labor and workplace safety and health laws to the U.S. Congress and its associated agencies.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Duffy taught law at the University of Houston Law Center and the University of Virginia. He was also a management labor and employment lawyer with firms in San Antonio, Texas and San Francisco. Mr. Duffy received his A.B. degree from Princeton University and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Duffy served as a law clerk to the Honorable George P. Kazen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
He is the author of the Ethics and Professionalism Handbook for Labor and Employment Lawyers, available only through NELI.