David Giddens is a Partner in the firm’s Dallas and Fort Worth offices. Mr. Giddens has experience handling a wide range of employment and school law issues including advising school leaders and board members on state and federal law, grievances, personnel matters, student matters, contracts, and policies. He also handles litigation related to the non-renewal and termination of contract employees as well as claims of alleged discrimination and retaliation in state and federal court and before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission.
Mr. Giddens’ practice focuses on litigation as well as preventive services for employers such as drafting and revising employment policies/procedures and providing training for personnel.
Successfully defended school districts, before the Commissioner of Education, against parent complaints related to dress code requirements and alleged infringement on state and federal rights. Parent on behalf of Children v. Crandall Indep. Sch. Dist., Tex. Comm’r of Educ. Decision No. 051-R5-0407 (Apr. 13, 2012); Students b/n/f Parents v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., Tex. Comm’r of Educ. Decision No. 012-R10-12-2016 (Dec. 12, 2017).
Represented public school districts in more than 200 employee grievances.
Represented public school districts in more than 100 appeals to TEA for proposed termination or nonrenewal of employees.
Represented school districts in response to allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation before the EEOC/TWC.
Advised districts’ legal review committees regarding proposed actions against employees.
Advised districts’ policy committees regarding proposed revisions or additions to school district policies, including drafting policies, handbooks, notifications, etc.
Provided guidance and responded to subpoenas, public information requests, privacy and FERPA issues, open meetings, and family law issues.
Represented districts in response to alleged violations of Title IX.
Secured summary judgment in cases alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
Obtained affirmation from 5th Circuit regarding a federal court ruling dismissing former employee’s case.
Obtained dismissal, via plea to the jurisdiction, regarding former employee’s whistleblower claims.
Successfully obtained protective orders to protect district employees from subpoenas.