Leila Gary is an associate in the Thompson & Horton LLP Dallas office. She focuses her practice on the representation of schools, colleges, and universities.  She has experience litigating complex matters in state and federal court.  Prior to joining Thompson & Horton LLP, Ms. Gary was Assistant General Counsel for the second largest public school district in Texas, where her practice was largely focused on employment matters, grievances, state and federal litigation, policy development, and providing daily legal counsel on any number of issues.  Ms. Gary was also lead in-house counsel for the district in the successful development, implementation and defense of the district’s landmark teacher appraisal system. Ms. Gary’s past experience also includes a wide range of insurance defense and insurance coverage litigation.

Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Gary taught in public schools as a history teacher and also worked in administration for a leading national charter school network, and brings her insight as an educator to her practice as an education law attorney.

Primary Practice Areas:

  • Litigation
  • State and Federal Constitutional Issues
  • Student Rights and Discipline
  • Charter Schools
  • Child Abuse
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law/Custody
  • Higher Education
  • Policy Development and Training
  • Investigations
  • Open Government  (Public Information Act and Open Meetings Act)
  • School Foundations (Non-Profits)
  • Independent/Private Schools