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John M. Farrell

Of Counsel
Fax +1.214.939.5849

John M. Farrell is Of Counsel in the Dallas office and focuses his practice on Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety.

Mr. Farrell has assisted employers in a variety of labor and employment matters including:

  • Defending clients during civil trials involving Title VII, § 1981, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, and WARN claims and assisting clients in enforcing non-compete provisions.
  • Successfully defending clients against Unfair Labor Practice charges before regional offices of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Preparing for labor arbitrations and drafting post-arbitration hearing briefs, resulting in favorable awards in arbitration proceedings involving a variety of issues, including, for example, contract interpretation and the binding effect of past practices.
  • Providing advice and counsel to employers concerning both traditional labor and employment issues, including strategies for establishing and maintaining union-free operations. responding to grievances, minimizing risks of litigation, establishing lawful employment policies, drafting enforceable employment agreements and complying with the WARN Act.
He also has extensive experience and has developed specialties in:
  • Conducting effective reductions-in-force;
  • Minimizing litigation risks inherent during reductions-in-force;
  • Drafting separation and release agreements compliant with OWBPA;
  • Avoiding liability and complying with the WARN Act; and
  • Advising employers regarding FLSA compliance, including minimum wage and overtime obligations, determining "hours worked," available exemptions, and obligations under various compensation schemes.

He is board certified in Labor and Employment by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    Professional Background

    Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Farrell was an associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP, served as local counsel consultant at Brice, Vander Linden & Wernick Bankruptcy Law Firm in Dallas, and in the office of Texas Senator Jane Nelson in Austin, Texas.


    In 2017, Mr. Farrell was recognized as one of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas. He is also listed as a Texas Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly for 2011, 2012, and 2017.

    Professional/Civic Activities

    • Richardson Symphony Orchestra
      • Vice-Chairman of the Board, 2011-Present
      • Board of Directors, 2009-Present
      • Labor Attorney, 2008-Present
    • Music Learning Band of Dallas
      • Volunteer Assistant Director, August 1996-May 2000; September 2010-Present
    • Hearts and Hammers Volunteer
    • American Bar Association – Labor and Employment Section
    • Dallas Bar Association

    Speaking Engagements

    • “The social headache” (March/April 2011) – Regarding intersection of social media and employment law.
    • “You Probably Should Sweat the Small Stuff” (March/April/June 2010) – regarding plaintiffs use of microinequities in discrimination claims.
    • “FLSA Update” (May 2010) – regarding FLSA compliance on various topics.
    • “How to Lose Your Employees in 45 Days” (March/April/May 2009) – regarding reductions in force, OWBPA, and WARN compliance.