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Michael Kelsheimer

Michael KelsheimerWhile I was clerking for a federal judge straight out of law school, I had the opportunity to work on a lot of employment cases. The facts and complicated issues fascinated me. I carried that fascination into Gray Reed & McGraw at the end of my clerkship, and I have been learning ever since. With more than 160 laws that impact the employment relationship, there is no shortage of things to help clients master.I know that the cost and expense of litigation make resolving employment disputes a challenge. For that reason, I encourage employers to take proactive steps to prevent or quickly resolve issues. When a dispute cannot be avoided, however, I rely on my time with the U.S. District Court and extensive experiences in employment and commercial lawsuits to secure favorable results for my clients.Every case and every issue, whether a sophisticated discrimination claim for a Fortune 500 company or the simplest vacation credit problem, could be better resolved with a little common sense and practical perspective. Big companies and individuals are confronted with the economics of recent years and I have worked with both to find the efficient but effective solution to meet their needs. Instead of looking at every case as a gold mine from which I must extract every ounce my client can afford to pay, I try to quickly get at the heart of the problem and determine from the beginning the best and most efficient way to resolve the issue.

After years of practice, I was dumbfounded by the lack of practical advice about employment issues available in books and on the internet. Employers are overwhelmed with technical jargon, underwhelmed with long-winded explanations, or just flat provided incorrect information. That is why I created the Employer Handbook.  It concisely helps employers understand the broad strokes of every day employment issues and hopefully spot concerns that may need to be addressed.

I hope it is helpful to you.


  • Texas Tech University, BA in Economics and Political Science, 1996
  • Baylor Law School, JD, 2000