Overview

Charles T. Jeremiah is an experienced litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Houston office. Mr. Jeremiah is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He focuses his practice primarily on management/employer-side representation in litigation. Mr. Jeremiah regularly counsels human resource professionals on matters concerning compliance, minimization of risk and best practices.

Mr. Jeremiah represents clients in a wide variety of employment matters in the healthcare, government, transportation, energy, hospitality, entertainment and construction industries. He has more than 25 years of experience handling hundreds of litigation matters in federal and state courts including defense in litigation and arbitration forums of both individual and class/collective actions. Mr. Jeremiah’s representative matters include claims brought under various state and federal statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII and other anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation statutes, and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). He also has extensive experience drafting employment policies and contracts, and litigating disputes arising out of employment contracts, such as non-compete agreements.

Mr. Jeremiah also dedicates much of his practice to commercial litigation. He has broad experience defending and prosecuting claims for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, unfair business practices and other complex business disputes. In addition, Mr. Jeremiah has represented numerous Texas cities, counties and other units of local government in claims under the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Tort Claims Act.

Mr. Jeremiah has developed a keen sense of how to assess and minimize risk and efficiently prepare a case for early disposition by motion or for trial. He brings an insightful and creative approach to alternative dispute resolution when in the client's best interest.

Experience

  • Won summary judgment of a federal claim for race and gender discrimination brought under Title VII and successfully defended dismissal on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as lead counsel
  • Obtained a permanent injunction for a facility maintenance services client against a former employee violating a non-compete clause
  • Won a summary judgment of a federal claim for pregnancy discrimination and successfully defended dismissal on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as lead counsel
  • Earned a favorable settlement of claims against a healthcare industry client for alleged wrongful termination in violation of the Texas Nurse Practices Act
  • Obtained a permanent injunction in federal court against a former officer of medical technology company for misappropriation of client assets
  • Achieved a favorable settlement of claim of age and disability discrimination, avoiding likely "cause" determination by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Obtained a complete dismissal of wrongful termination case asserting First Amendment, due process and Americans with Disabilities Act claims, upheld on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Won arbitration of race discrimination, due process and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation case as first chair
  • Obtained a summary judgment in federal court on an age, gender and retaliation case for a local governmental entity
  • Won a proceeding in the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings against a county by a deputy for alleged wrongful termination from the county sheriff’s office
  • Achieved a summary dismissal of two separate lawsuits for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act against county
  • Obtained a favorable settlement of collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for alleged misclassification of employees as exempt
  • Won a dismissal of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint for lack of jurisdiction 
  • Assisted a construction client with an organizational restructure to change to an employee based model from an independent contractor
  • Won an arbitration of a claim for wrongful termination and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and FLSA as lead counsel

  • Obtained a dismissal of claims against a corporate officer client accused of defamation/business disparagement for lack of subject matter jurisdiction in South Carolina and defended on appeal
  • Recovered a settlement of more than $6.3 million in favor of client in breach-of-royalty contract claims for inventor of medical device
  • Defended a financial lending entity against claims of fraud, and obtained summary judgment in matters filed in arbitration
  • Represented a healthcare organization in defense of claims brought by a provider in an arbitration for alleged breach of contract
  • Successfully defended a telecommunications client against unreasonable federal court subpoena in multiple venues in New York, Washington, D.C. and Miami
  • Defended an investor in a home healthcare services in dispute against a co-investor on breach of contract claims and obtained a favorable settlement resolution
  • Prosecuted a dual federal and state court lawsuits for a telecommunications infrastructure company against a lessee resulting in a substantial recovery
  • Obtained a dismissal, affirmed by the state Court of Appeals, of a suit against a test preparation company, holding that email messages are intangible property that cannot be the subject of an action for conversion under Texas common law
  • Won a summary judgment for an engineering client in a commercial construction case

  • Achieved a dismissal of constitutional takings and tort claims against a Texas municipality in district court and on appeal in the First Court of Appeals in Houston
  • Earned a dismissal on summary judgment of constitutional and racketeering federal claims against city and former mayor
  • Obtained a dismissal of a regulatory-taking claim against a Texas municipality
  • Represented a city and obtained dismissal of "class of one" equal protection and due process Fourteenth Amendment claims premised upon the city's denial of business license at the trial court and the U.S. District Court for the Fifth Circuit  
  • Successfully defended a West Texas district attorney and county accused of conspiracy to violate the rights of two individuals who were convicted of capital murder and served 12 years in prison; the individuals' convictions were reversed, and they sued for $24 million; after a six-week trial, the jury unanimously found in the client's favor on every claim and awarded plaintiffs nothing; the verdict was affirmed on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Earned a dismissal of claims against governmental employees under statutory election of remedies provision of Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code
  • Achieved a reversal of trial court’s denial of plea to the jurisdiction for lack of standing under Texas Administrative Procedures Act

Credentials

Education
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Emory University, B.B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association Fee Dispute Committee, Board Member, 2011-2015
  • Houston Bar Association Historical Committee, Chair, 2015-2017
  • Houston Bar Association Special Olympics Committee, Co-Chair, 2019-2021
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Houston Human Resource Management Association
  • Texas Farm Bureau
Honors & Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Fellow
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Pro Bono All Star, Holland & Knight, 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, Labor and Employment Litigation Defense, 2019

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