Rachel Powitzky Steely

Co-Chair, Labor and Employment
Partner, Labor and Employment
Houston
1000 Louisiana Street
Suite 2000
Houston, Texas 77002-2099
t 713.276.5605 f 713.276.6605
rsteely@gardere.com

Rachel Powitzky Steely, who serves as co-chair of Gardere’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, is recognized as one of the foremost female trial lawyers in Texas specializing in employment law.  She was selected as one of the top 20 female trial lawyers by Texas Lawyer Magazine and the only labor and employment attorney to receive the honor.   Steely has been recognized as a Texas “Super Lawyer” for more than ten years in the specialty of employment litigation.  She is a former student investigator for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and is Board Certified, Labor & Employment Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Steely is an expert in the field of unfair competition litigation, including extensive experience representing clients in prosecuting and defending expedited proceedings seeking emergency injunctive relief related to non-competes, trade secret theft and embezzlement, which allows her to provide quick, strategic and efficient representation for employers and executives.

Steely also has extensive expertise in wage and hour litigation, and a wide variety of employment matters, including r disability laws; discrimination, retaliation and harassment; executive agreements; OSHA and safety;  terminations, hiring, layoffs and severance agreements. She maintains an active trial docket while also providing the necessary preventative counseling that allows clients to avoid costly litigation.  

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