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Thomas Melo • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Houston, Texas

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Ogletree Deakins
One Allen Center
500 Dallas Street, Suite 3000
Houston, Texas 77002
phone 713.655.0855
fax  713.655.0020


Mr. Melo’s practice focuses on the areas of litigation and counseling on behalf of management concerning employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, equal employment opportunity, occupational safety and health employee benefits disputes, union-management relations, wage and hour matters, executive employment contracts and other issues which concern the employment relationship. Mr. Melo’s litigation experience has been in both state and federal court, as well as arbitration and administrative litigation. Mr. Melo has provided advice and guidance to employers on matters varying from reductions in force to senior executive terminations. He is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.Mr. Melo is editor and a chapter author of the Texas Employment Law Handbook and a contributing author to BNA’s Occupational Safety & Health Law. He has published numerous articles on employment law and is a frequent speaker on employment matters important to management.Mr. Melo is listed among The Best Lawyers in America and is a fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.In Chambers & Partners’ America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2003 and 2004, Mr. Melo was named among Texas’ leading employment attorneys representing defendants and applauded in it by contributing clients and colleagues as “wired into the subject with a good command of all issues” and “a smart practitioner who has built up a great client roster.” In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Melo was listed as one of the Top 100 Houston Region Super Lawyers by Texas Super Lawyers.Mr. Melo is the 2005 Board Chair of the Texas Association of Business (TAB).


  • College: B.B.A., University of Georgia, 1974
  • Law School: J.D., University of Virginia Law School, 1977

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State of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, U.S. District Court Texas, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts
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