Jeffrey C. Londa - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Jeffrey C. Londa

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 713-655-5750

Jeffrey C. Londa is a nationally recognized labor and employment lawyer.  His practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law, including complex employment litigation, class/collective actions, collective bargaining and arbitrations. Mr. Londa has considerable experience representing government entities, including public transit authorities.  Mr. Londa is Board Certified as a labor and employment law specialist by the State Bar of Texas.Comments of others, particularly clients, best describe Mr. Londa’s legal skills.  In its 2004 Client Guide, Chambers stated that “clients admired the ‘detailed, prepared and conscientious’ Jeff Londa.” In its 2005 Client Guide, Chambers described Mr. Londa as a “fantastic negotiator who mirrors the firm’s equal focus on both labor law and employment concerns.” In its 2006 Client Guide, Chambers stated that “clients enjoyed working with the ‘hands-on and creative’ Jeff Londa who drew plaudits for his ‘natural ability to relate well to clients’ and to ‘cut through the fluff to get to the real issues.” In its 2007 Client Guide, Chambers stated: “Prominent Texas employment attorney Jeff Londa is ‘well connected’ and possessed ‘a fine business approach and ethics’ which combine to great effect with his ‘understanding of the endgame.’” In its 2008 Client Guide, Chambers stated: “With a huge level of experience that gives his counsel broad perspective and a great deal of credibility, Jeff Londa is recognized for his in-depth collective bargaining and FLSA experience.  His fine reputation means that clients gravitate towards him.” In its 2010 Client Guide, Chambers stated: “Londa is a leading authority on the representation of public companies, particularly transit systems, and in collective and class actions.” In its 2011 Client Guide, Chambers stated that Mr. Londa is "remarkably knowledgeable, quick thinking, and to-the-point." In its 2012 Client Guide, Chambers states that Mr. Londa "is a very good trial lawyer and advocate. Clients think very highly of him, and have a lot of loyalty and enthusiasm for him—it's well deserved, too!" Mr. Londa was recognized as one of the five “top-notch” employment lawyers in Texas in the October 2002 and August 2012 issues of The Texas Lawyer. The following is stated in the 2007 issue of Legal 500 U.S.: “According to clients, Jeffrey Londa is one of Texas’ most dynamic and persuasive litigators.”

University of Texas at AustinBA 1972Southern Methodist UniversityJ.D. 1975
College of Labor and Employment LawyersLabor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal SpecializationTexas Labor Letter American Public Transit Association Texas Association of Business & Chambers of CommerceAmerican Arbitration AssociationHouston Bar Association American Bar Association

Case History

Othe Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Eleventh and District Court Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
Experience — Mr. Londa has extensive experience in all aspects of labor and employment law including collective bargaining (particularly on behalf of public transit authorities), complex employment litigation (including class and collective actions), and arbitration.  Mr. Londa has served as chief negotiator representing clients in the negotiation of more than 30 labor agreements with unions.  Mr. Londa negotiated the first merit based bonus pay in the transit industry and has represented clients in interest arbitrations following impasses in negotiation.  Mr. Londa has extensive arbitration experience both as an advocate, representing clients in more than 200 labor and employment arbitrations, and as an arbitrator.
Significant Matters
  • An interest arbitration for a major public transit authority. Following hearings held in April-June 2012, Mr. Londa secured a favorable arbitration decision on July 25, 2012, which allowed our client to develop routes and deploy employees more efficiently with new job classifications and a new defined contribution pension plan
  • The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal heard oral argument on February 1, 2011, in Derek Carder, et al v. Continental Airlines, Inc., No. 10-20105.  On behalf of Continental Airlines, Inc., Mr. Londa argued that, unlike Title VII, the Uniform Services Employment and Retirement Rights Act (“USERRA”) does not provide a cause of action for hostile environment harassment.  This is a case of first impression in the circuit courts of appeals and on March 22, 2011, the 5th Circuit sustained Continental's position.  On October 3, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court sustained Continental Airlines' position by denying Appellants' petition for a writ of certiorari.
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit v. Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 1338, 273 S.W.3d 659 (Tex. 2008), cert denied, 129 S. Ct. 2767 (2009).

Client Comments

"Jeff Londa is consistently recognized as one of the best lawyers in the U.S. He drafted O'Connors Texas Employment Codes and O'Connors Federal Employment Codes -- the "must have" books for every attorney practicing employment law in Texas. He knows the law, he knows how to apply it, and he knows how to represent even the most difficult client. I have personally seen opposing lawyers become visibly shaken when confronted with Mr. Londa on the other side of the table. He is, quite frankly, the best lawyer that I have ever met in my own 30 years as a lawyer. He is always responsive, is knowledgeable of every facet of labor and employment law, and leads a firm of some of the brightest and hardest working attorneys that one can imagine. I simply cannot say enough good things about Mr. Londa and his firm. "Perfection" is not a word that I use often or haphazardly. Yet, if one could create the perfect firm, this would be it."

"Jeff is a true partner in providing legal services in employment litigation and high-level employment law advice. His approach is straight-forward and practical, and I appreciate his candor, professionalism, and responsiveness."

"Jeffrey C. Londa is one of the best employment law attorneys in the U.S. His attention to detail and thoroughness are remarkable, and his intense preparation and focus always helps us prevail in arbitration and court. He is also one of the best negotiators in the business."

-Yvonne Ogden
Senior Director of Employee Relations
Metro Corp

Office Location

One Allen Center, Suite 3000
500 Dallas Street
Houston, TX 77002
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Houston Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Houston Metro Area
Jeffrey C. Londa has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Jeffrey C. Londa has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment