Katie Long is a partner in the Dallas and Fort Worth offices of Thompson & Horton LLP. Ms. Long focuses her practice on representing school districts, colleges, and governmental entities in grievances, administrative hearings, and litigation and appeals in Texas state and federal courts.

Over the past fifteen years, she has defended and prosecuted claims on behalf of school districts, governmental entities, individuals, small businesses, and large corporations in business and commercial disputes, construction litigation, employment litigation, civil rights litigation, fiduciary litigation, premises liability, products liability, trademark disputes, and securities litigation. Ms. Long has successfully represented school districts and other governmental entities against Title VII, Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Texas Whistleblower Act, and breach of contract claims. She has also successfully defended numerous Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights actions brought by students and employees against school districts and other governmental entities, including First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, equal protection, and procedural and substantive due process claims.

Prior to joining Thompson & Horton, Ms. Long was a shareholder at Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein in Dallas, Texas. She has been named a Texas “Rising Star” by Texas Lawyer.

Representative Matters for School Districts

Mohamed v. Irving Indep. Sch. Dist., et al., 2017 WL 252 F. Supp.3d 602 (N.D. Tex. 2017). Dismissing parent’s Title VI and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 equal protection claims against school district and high school principal without prejudice.

Chavez v. Richardson Indep. Sch. Dist., 2017 WL 3620388 (N.D. Tex. Aug. 23 2017). Dismissing parents’ Title IX peer-to-peer sexual harassment claims without prejudice.

Young v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., 2017 WL 4326009 (N.D. Tex. Sept. 6, 2017). Granting summary judgment on employee’s Title VI race discrimination and retaliation, Texas Whistleblower Act, breach of contract and tort claims against school district and elementary school principal.

NEA-Dallas v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., Docket No. 022-R10-03-2016 (Comm’r Educ. 2017). Dismissing education association’s challenge to school district’s locally-developed and board-adopted teacher appraisal system.

In re Liebbe, 2016 WL 3346047 (Tex. App.—Dallas, June 15, 2016, pet. denied). Affirming denial of employee’s request for pre-suit discovery and depositions of school district and district officials.

Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Allen, 2016 WL 7405781 (Tex. App.—Dallas, Dec. 22, 2016, pet. denied). Dismissing employee’s Texas Labor Code race discrimination claims.

Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Watson, 2014 WL 1008059 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2014, pet. denied). Dismissing employee’s claims under the Texas Whistleblower Act.

Mullins v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., 357 S.W.3d 182 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2012, pet. denied). Dismissing employee’s claims under the Texas Whistleblower Act.

Delcom v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., 2012 WL 3552672 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2012, no pet.). Dismissing technology company’s claims of breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unconstitutional takings related to a competitively bid $40 million technology contract.

Wilson v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., 376 S.W.3d 319 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2012, no pet.) Dismissing employee’s claims under the Texas Whistleblower Act.

Kings v. Texas and Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., 2011 WL 721923 (N.D. Tex. Feb. 3, 2011). Dismissing parents’ 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and wrongful death claims.

Brackens v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., 2010 WL 5464823 (N.D. Tex. Sept. 10, 2010). Dismissing employee’s claims of discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, the ADA, FMLA, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981.

Boyd v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., 2010 WL 1687665 (N.D. Tex. Apr. 27, 2010). Dismissing employee’s claims Title VII, ADEA and ADA claims.

Representative Experience

Represented school districts before the Texas State Commissioner of Education in appeals filed under Texas Education Code § 7.057

Represented school district in more than 50 administrative hearings regarding contract non-renewal and termination under Chapter 21 of the Texas Education Code

Represented school districts in more than 50 internal employee and parent grievances

Obtained dismissal of claims breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unconstitutional takings related to competitively bid $40 million technology contract

Obtained dismissal in multiple Texas Whistleblower Act lawsuits filed against school districts and other governmental entities

Obtained summary judgment or jurisdictional dismissal in multiple lawsuits brought by former employees against school districts alleging violations of Texas Labor Code Chapter 21, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and FMLA

Obtained dismissal on the pleadings in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit brought by parent against school district alleging due process violations related to a student-on-student assault and death of a student

Obtained dismissal on the pleadings in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit brought by parent against school district alleging due process violations related to a student’s death during a school field trip

Obtained summary judgment in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit against school district related to the sexual assault of a student

Obtained summary judgment for governmental entity and individual employees in lawsuit filed by former employee alleging First Amendment retaliation

Obtained dismissal on jurisdictional grounds of former employees’ claims against governmental entity for gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation under Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code

Defense of community college in Title IX lawsuit relating to student sexual assault

Defended school district in Title IX peer-on-peer sexual harassment lawsuit

Defense of school district against discrimination claims under Title VI and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, including equal protection, Fourth Amendment, and Fifth Amendment claims

Defended governmental entity in FLSA class action lawsuit involving allegations of unpaid overtime

Obtained dismissal of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 due process liberty interest claim brought by former employee against a governmental entity

Obtained dismissal of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 due process bodily integrity claim filed by family of deceased inmate against mental health professional employed by governmental entity

Successfully defended school district in student civil rights litigation involving alleged violations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, ADA, and IDEA

Defended school district against multiple lawsuits filed on behalf of students alleging equal protection and procedural and substantive due process violations arising out of student discipline, student abuse, and student assault

Defended school district against lawsuits filed by former employees relating to alleged breach of contract, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 equal protection, substantive and procedural due process claims

Obtained complete defense jury verdict for school district principal against First Amendment retaliation claim

Defended school district, superintendent, and board of trustees in bench trial against Title VI and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 equal protection claims

Defended and successfully resolved wrongful death claim against governmental entity

Defended governmental entity against negligence and premises liability claims under the Texas Tort Claims Act

Represented Fortune 500 industrial construction company in pursuit of multi-million dollar claims in construction contract case arising from construction of combined-cycle power plant

Represented product designer and manufacturer in construction litigation against claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, and products liability

Represented company prosecuting breach of contract claim relating to the sale of computer hardware to commercial airline company

Represented robotics and toy design company in partnership dispute

Defended CEO of a Fortune 500 international oil services and construction company in multi-billion dollar class action federal securities litigation under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Represented energy company in preparation of an MWBE program to obtain a competitively bid government contract for the large oil and gas lease

Defended large energy company against breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising from oil and gas lease

Defended financial institution and sub-prime lender in federal class action consumer litigation under FDCPA

Represented industrial construction company in international arbitration in pursuit of construction contract claims

Represented property owner in pursuit of contract and tort claims under the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act

Defended large international hotel chain against multi-million dollar claims for wrongful death

Represented international financial institution in the enforcement of its design and service marks for trademark infringement

Defended trustee in commercial and fiduciary litigation relating to joint venture of land on Barnett Shale

Defended corporation and corporate officers against claims for violations of Texas Securities Act

Recent Presentations & Trainings

Conducting Effective Investigations – presented full-day training in the Fall of 2017 to school district’s internal investigative units

Procurement Policy Training – presented multi-day training in Spring of 2017 to school district’s procurement department

Pass Through Contracts – presented training in Spring of 2017 to school district’s procurement department and cabinet-level officials

Can I Ask That? Lawful Pre-Employment Inquiries After Abercrombie – September 23, 2016 Region 11 Human Resources Summit

Campus Investigations – presented in May 2015 to elementary and secondary principals for large public school district

Student and Parent Rights in School Investigations – presented in March 2014 to school attorneys and school investigators for large, urban school district

Student and Employee Use of Social Media – provided training in January 2014 for Employee Relations department within large metropolitan school district

Putting the Pieces Together: The Texas Whistleblower Act’s Jurisdictional Puzzle – prepared presentation for September 2011 Dallas Bar Association Labor & Employment Section meeting

Reading, Writing, and Reprimand: The ABCs of the Law Within the Schoolhouse Gates – presentation for June 2011 Human Resources Legal Symposium for large, urban school district