Walker Crowson has a diverse litigation practice representing clients in employment, business, commercial and real estate litigation spanning over 20 years throughout Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Walker has been Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2005. His employment practice involves representation of clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including federal and state anti-discrimination laws, sexual harassment, retaliation, FLSA/wage and hour, FMLA, unemployment claims, defamation, negligence, restrictive covenants and breach of contract claims. Walker's clients have included large publicly traded companies, governmental entities and private businesses of all sizes in a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, transportation/logistics, car dealerships, financial, construction and healthcare. Walker has tried employment cases to juries and arbitrators throughout the Southwest.
Walker counsels human resource professionals and general counsel on day to day employment matters to maintain best practices and avoid litigation. He frequently advises clients on FMLA and other leave issues and reviews and drafts policies, procedures and employee handbooks for clients.
Walker also mediates and arbitrates employment cases. He serves as an arbitrator both in private, ad hoc arbitrations as well as for the American Arbitration Association in employment cases and is a member of the AAA's panel of employment neutrals. Walker is also a successful mediator, having mediated over 200 employment lawsuits as a mediator.
Walker's business and commercial practice has involved serving as outside general counsel to small and medium sized businesses, including El Paso's largest private employer, and advising them on a variety of day to day legal issues, including those involving insurance, contracts and entity formation among others. Walker has represented creditors, including financial institutions, factoring companies and car loan lenders in collection litigation and foreclosures for over a decade.
Walker’s real estate practice has involved representation of financial institutions in commercial and residential foreclosure actions, declaratory judgment actions, forcible entry and detainer matters, and lease agreement disputes. He has also represented commercial landlords and property owners in eviction proceedings and other landlord-tenant disputes
Walker's clients are located throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Although based in Arizona, Walker maintains an active presence and practice in El Paso, Texas.
Labor & Employment Cases and Other Matters
Defended national shoe company in age discrimination lawsuit that went to verdict after trial
Defended local credit union in workers’ compensation retaliation lawsuit that went to verdict after trial
Represented national timeshare company in sexual harassment litigation in federal court
Represented local beer distributing company in workers' compensation retaliation claim at arbitration
Represented national auto parts retailer in federal court litigation alleging age discrimination
Represented Arizona surgical implant device company in federal court litigation to enforce restrictive covenant
Represented national software retailer in employee raiding and restrictive covenant litigation
Represented local governmental entities in whistleblower retaliation, gender and age discrimination, and sexual harassment claims
Represented national automobile dealership in claims involving age discrimination and racial harassment
Represented numerous clients, including national home improvement retailer, national home medical equipment supplier, and national auto parts retailer, in claims involving workers' compensation retaliation and disability discrimination
Represented numerous clients, including multiple industries, in claims involving sexual harassment
Represented local and national clients in defending claims before the EEOC, Texas Workforce Commission, New Department of Workforce Solutions, and Arizona Civil Rights Division
Defended clients in Department of Labor (DOL) audits investigating various issues, including unpaid wages, independent contractor status and exempt/non-exempt status
Drafted numerous employee handbooks, policies and procedures for companies
Provided anti-harassment and EEO training to companies
Served as neutral investigator in workplace investigations involving allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation issues
Represented clients in unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board
Business & Commercial Litigation and Other Matters
Served as outside general counsel to various companies, including one of the largest private employers in El Paso, Texas
Represented creditors, including financial institutions, factoring companies and car loan lenders in collection litigation, including suits for breaches of promissory notes and guarantees as well as sequestration, repossession, garnishment and foreclosure matters
Represented general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in a wide array of commercial and construction litigation, including claims under the Texas McGregor Act, the Miller Act, and New Mexico materialman and mechanic's lien laws
Represented financial institutions in commercial and home equity foreclosure lawsuits
Represented commercial landlords in eviction proceedings and other landlord/tenant disputes
Mediation & Arbitration Practice
Has mediated over 200 employment lawsuits as a mediator
Arbitrates employment law matters for the American Arbitration Association as a panel member of the AAA’s Roster of Employment Neutrals as well as in private, ad hoc arbitrations
Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1999)
University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1996)
State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of New Mexico
State Bar of Texas
American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator & Mediator