Barry S. HershDallas Employment Lawyer
Described by one of Texas' premier law firms as a "real go-getter who is tenacious and effective," Barry consistently ranks as a favorite choice among individuals and small businesses confronted with workplace disputes. In 2006, Barry earned the distinction of being named as one of D Magazine's “Best Lawyers under 40 in Dallas." Texas lawyers named Barry a “Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star” in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is named a "Texas Super Lawyer" for Employment Litigation - Plaintiffs for 2014, 2015, and 2016. Recently, D Magazine recognized Barry as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas 2016" in the Labor & Employment category.
Before opening his Dallas, Texas employment law firm, Barry represented some of the nation's most prominent employers for two of Texas' largest law firms. During this time, Barry observed that employees often didn't receive the kind of zealous representation that their cases deserved. Executives, professionals, managers, and other Texas employees couldn't retain the large law firms that their employers used due to the law firms’ conflicts and the huge fees those firms demanded. At the same time, he saw that many traditional plaintiffs employment law firms accepted too many cases, staffed matters with a virtual revolving-door of inexperienced lawyers, or simply didn't offer clients the level of sophistication and attention their disputes deserved.
Barry opened his employment law firm in 2004 to offer employees, independent contractors, and small businesses an employment law practice with a large law firm's depth and sophistication and the cost structure, accessibility, and personalized attention of a small firm. Barry's client-first approach is evident in almost all areas of his practice. Barry—not a secretary, paralegal, or junior lawyer—returns all client telephone calls and e-mails, and always within 24 hours--often a lot sooner. While many employment law practices train their young associates on their clients' time, Barry personally manages and litigates each case.
On the employee side, Barry dedicates a significant part of his practice to resolving disputes involving Texas overtime pay, unpaid commissions, and other compensation disputes (executive severance, bonuses, incentive pay, and minimum wages), non-compete agreements, retaliation, workplace harassment, wrongful termination, age discrimination, sex discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and independent contractor misclassification.
On the employer side, Barry dedicates his practice to helping small companies, entrepreneurs, and growing businesses to avoid disputes and to minimize exposure when disputes cannot be avoided. This includes representing businesses in administrative proceedings with the EEOC, DOL, and Labor Board, defending lawsuits in state and federal court, drafting and enforcing non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, drafting and reviewing employment handbooks, and providing day-to-day employment law advice.
To say that Barry is passionate about serving his employment law clients may be an understatement. Barry dedicates 100 percent of his practice to representing employees and small businesses in employment law matters and is certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Less than one percent of attorneys licensed by the State Bar of Texas are certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
With Honors; Judicial Intern for Texas Supreme Court Justice, Nathan Hecht
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
With High Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa, Member; Class Honors 1992, 1993, 1994
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeState of Texas
Northern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Bar Association Memberships
State Bar of Texas; Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections
Dallas Bar Association; Labor and Employment Section
National Employment Lawyers Association