Houston Contract Dispute Attorney

Serving Montgomery, Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston and Brazoria counties

Many people learn too late about the specific provisions of their employment contracts. Clauses in a contract that might have been overlooked in the excitement of a new opportunity could prove contentious after time passes. The Law Offices of David C. Holmes in Houston helps Texas clients gain a full understanding during the employment agreement review process to help avert potential disputes down the road. Attorney David C. Holmes offers effective counsel during contract negotiations and represents workers in cases where their contractual rights have been violated.  

Types of contracts that frequently require extensive negotiation

Forming any type of contract can be a strenuous process. Conflicts frequently arise in matters involving the following types of contracts:

  • Partnership and shareholder agreements
  • Operating agreements
  • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
  • Employer handbooks and policies that require employee agreement
  • Commission terms
  • Severance agreements

At our firm, reaching a fair and beneficial contract agreement for each of our clients is the ultimate goal. We help our business clients by consulting on employee handbooks, drafting new contracts for future use and providing solid advice about available options if an employee reneges on the contract.

Common reasons for contract disputes

A contractual dispute can involve a wide range of allegations, such as:

  • Failure to perform — An employee who has not received the pay or benefits promised in agreement can file an action claiming that the employer has failed to perform a contractual duty.
  • Fraud — An intentional misrepresentation made to induce a party into signing a contract gives rise to a fraud claim. For example, an executive who is encouraged to sign an employment agreement based on false statements about the company’s financial health could bring such a claim.
  • Errors and omissions — A key term might be misstated or overlooked in a contract. This can cause problems if a dispute arises and you need to enforce the agreement in court. It is wise to have the contract reviewed by an attorney with experience in this area before signing the document.

Drawing on more than 28 years of legal experience, we analyze the contract provisions, evaluate which side has the stronger argument and advocate for an appropriate resolution.

We help employees whose contractual rights are violated

Often, workers sign employment contracts without fully understanding each side’s rights and responsibilities. In other cases, employers might violate the terms of the contract but intimidate workers into keeping quiet. Our firm offers strong advocacy to clients during contract disputes involving issues such as:

  • Hourly wages and overtime — Your employer may be in breach of contract by withholding wages. We review your work schedule and time sheets to prove that you’re owed money in regular wages or overtime pay.
  • Severance pay — In your original workplace agreement, you might have been promised severance pay. Alternatively, you might be able to negotiate a severance when you depart, perhaps in exchange for a release of claims against the company. Our firm enforces and negotiates severance packages on behalf of Texas clients.
  • Non-compete clauses — Overbroad non-compete clauses can make it very difficult for you to find work in your field. After analyzing the restrictions, we can determine whether you should contest the language that prevents you from maximizing your earning ability.

Houston employment attorney David C. Holmes will work with you personally to help resolve any problems you may have with your contract. He can offer sound, honest advice about whether or not you have a legitimate claim in order to save you time and money in the long run.

Contact a Houston attorney for a free consultation regarding your contract dispute

The Law Offices of David C. Holmes handles employment agreement disputes and breach of contract matters for Texas clients. To speak with a knowledgeable lawyer in a free consultation, please call 713-586-8862 or contact us online. Our office is located in Houston.