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James H. Kizziar Jr.
Jim Kizziar is a partner with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in the firm's San Antonio, Texas, and Washington, D.C. offices. Practicing law since 1978, Mr. Kizziar represents and counsels owners of diverse business entities and management on all aspects of labor and employment law. His practice includes litigation before federal and state agencies and the courts and preventive counseling of management on issues such as discrimination, harassment, union organizing and wage-hour issues.
Mr. Kizziar conducts employment law training for executives, managers and supervisors, is as a lecturer and prolific writer on labor law issues, and previously served on the editorial board of the Texas Labor Letter. Mr. Kizziar co-authored a chapter, "Risk Management Issues in Employment" for the American Hospital Association's Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Facilities. He also co-authored a resource guide entitled, Human Resources Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Apartment Professionals, for the National Apartment Association. Jim has respectfully been recognized for his labor and employment expertise as a Texas Super Layer and by Best Lawyers in America.
Publications and Speeches
"Major Legal Review in Labor & Employment and Immigration," North America Division of 7th Day Adventists, April 22 & 23, 2013
"Recent Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Their Significant Impact on Non-Union Research Workplaces," AIRI 2012 Annual Meeting, October 2, 2012
Panelist, "Developments in Disability Discrimination Law," Texas Bar CLE – 20th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course, January 26, 2012, Dallas, TX.
"The Breakfast Caper Disciplinary Consistency," Texas Apartment Association Newsletter, October 2009.
"Driving Without Incident Is Not Necessarily Driving Safely," Texas Apartment Association Newsletter, September 2009.
"Revised I-9 Form Goes Into Effect," Texas Apartment Association Newsletter, June 2009.
"New COBRA Amendments," Texas Apartment Association Newsletter, May 2009.
"When Grown-Ups Act Like Children: The Importance Of Consistency In Disciplinary Actions," Texas Apartment Association Newsletter, April 2009.
"Congress Expands FMLA to Provide Leave for Family of Service Members," SAHRMA Update, March 2008.
"EEOC Provides Guidance on Lawful Employer Testing and Screening of Applicants," Texas Land Title Association Newsletter, December 16, 2007.
"2007 Federal and State Legislation Changes Laws for Employers," Texas Apartment Association Newsletter, October 24, 2007.
"Texas Legislature Wraps Up 80th Session: New Laws Employers Need To Know," Texas Land Title Association Newsletter, August 22, 2007.
"New Rules Regarding Social Security 'No Match' Letters," August 2007.
"The Association Provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Employers' Reasonable Accommodation Obligations," May 22, 2006.
"Developments in Disability Discrimination," UTCLE, May 18, 2006.
J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1976
B.A., magna cum laude, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1973
District of Columbia
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 10th, 11th and District of Columbia Circuits
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court
Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization
State Bar of Texas
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Federal Bar Association, National Council, Past Member
Federal Bar Association, San Antonio Chapter, Past President
San Antonio Human Resources Management Association, Past Officer and Board Member
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment, 2011-2012
Best Lawyers’ 2013 San Antonio Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year."
Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law, 2003-2011
Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2011
Scene in SA: San Antonio's Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, 2005-2007
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating