Lisa A. Brown
Lisa A. Brown is a partner in the Houston office of Thompson & Horton LLP, a firm dedicated to addressing the complex legal needs of schools, colleges, and universities. Prior to co-founding Thompson & Horton, Ms. Brown practiced law in the School Law School at the Bracewell firm for 19 years.
Ms. Brown represents institutions of higher education and school districts on a wide range of issues, including all facets of employment law; education law, including Title IX, ADA/Section 504, student privacy, student discipline, and student financial aid; civil rights law, including law of the First Amendment; campus law enforcement, including the Clery Act; school policy development and regulatory compliance; and local government law, including the Texas Public Information Act and Open Meetings Act. Ms. Brown represents institutions in state and federal court and in matters before the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
She graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989 where she served as associate editor of the Texas Law Review. She earned her bachelor’s degree, also with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin where she served as managing editor of the Daily Texan. Ms. Brown served as chair of the Texas Council of School Attorneys from 2006-2007 and as chair of the State Bar of Texas School Law Section from 2002-2003. She served on the board of directors of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys from 2010-2014 and is a member of the Texas Association of Community College Attorneys. Ms. Brown was designated a “Super Lawyer” each year between 2003 through 2018 in a peer-evaluated survey conducted by Thomson Reuters and published in Texas Monthly.
Ms. Brown has worked on legal matters pertaining to Title IX and sexual harassment for more than 25 years as a litigator and as a legal advisor assisting schools with regulatory compliance, policy drafting, employee training, and defense of claims before federal agencies. Ms. Brown has managed large-scale, multi-plaintiff Title IX litigation and sensitive matters involving child victims. She was the lead author of amicus briefs in three major Title IX cases in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the National School Boards Association: Gebser v. Lago Vista Indep. Sch. Dist., 524 U.S. 274 (1998); Davis v. Monroe County Board of Educ., 526 U.S. 629 (1999); and Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee, 555 U.S. 246 (2008). She has been involved in numerous cases involving sexual harassment, sexual assault, child abuse, and related issues in the state and federal courts, including Salazar v. South San Antonio Indep. Sch., 2017 WL 2590511 (5th Cir. June 15, 2017); A.W. v. Humble Indep. Sch. Dist., 803 F.3d 754 (5th Cir. 2015); Doe v. Baylor Univ., 2018 WL 1415638 (W.D. Tex., March 19, 2018); Estate of Lance v, Lewisville Indep. Sch. Dist., 743 F.3d 982 (5th Cir. 2014); Doe v. Covington County Sch. Dist., 675 F.3d 849 (5th Cir. 2012); and Becerra v. Asher, 105 F.3d 1042 (5th Cir. 1997).
REPRESENTATIVE ARTICLES AND SPEECHES:
Speaker, “Title IX and Sexual Violence: An Overview,” Baylor University Law School General Practice Institute (2017)
“Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment: Cases, Controversies, and Claims Prevention,” Texas Association of School Boards Risk Management Seminar (2017)
“Retaliation Claims under Federal Civil Rights Statutes and the Constitution,” National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys Conference (2017)
Panelist, “Religion and Public Schools: Finding Common Ground or Preparing the Battleground?”, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys Conference (2015)
Speaker, “Bullying and Harassment: Strategies for Protecting Students and Reducing Legal Claims,” Texas Association of School Boards, Risk Management Fund Members’ Conference (2014)
Speaker, “Accommodating Employees’ Religious Practices and Beliefs,” Region IV Education Service Center Seminar (2014)
Author, “Avoiding Liability Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” Texas Legal Digest (February 2014)
Speaker, “The Texas Whistleblower Act,” University of Texas School Law Conference (2013)
Author, “Accommodating School Employees with Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Texas Legal Digest (2012)
Speaker, “Employment Law Issues in a Down Economy,” Texas Association of Community College Attorneys (2011)
Co-Author, “Searching the Matrix: Investigating the Use and Misuse of Electronic Communication Devices by Public Employees,” Texas Legal Digest (2010)
Speaker, “Sexual Harassment Law: Beyond the Basics,” University of Texas School Law Conference (2009)
Speaker, “Employment Law Issues Affecting Higher Education,” Texas Association of Community College Attorneys (2008)
Speaker, “Legal Issues Regarding Grading Practices,” University of Texas School Law Conference (2007)
Author, “Student Privacy on Trial: Complying with FERPA During Litigation and Other Adversarial Contexts,” Inquiry & Analysis, National School Boards Association (May 2005)
Speaker. “Employment Law Issues Affecting Higher Education,” University of Texas Advanced Employment Law Conference (2005)
Co-Author, “Guidance on Investigating a Claim and Interviewing Children in Sexual Harassment Cases,” published in Sexual Harassment by School Employees, NSBA Council of School Attorneys (2001)
Speaker, “Retaliation Claims under the First Amendment and Title VII,” South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference (1999)