Rachel Powitzky Steely

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

Rachel Powitzky Steely is recognized as one of the foremost female trial lawyers in Texas specializing in employment law, counseling companies and executives throughout the U.S. on prevention of costly litigation and methods to increasing employee performance. She represents clients in a wide variety of employment-related issues, including unfair competition, restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality), trade secrets, equity and embezzlement. Rachel has extensive experience representing clients in both prosecuting and defending expedited proceedings seeking emergency injunctive relief, which allows her to provide quick, strategic and efficient representation for employers and executives.

Rachel 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.

Rachel assists companies and executives in a wide variety of employment matters, including:

  • Anti-competitive activities and restrictive covenants
  • Defamation
  • Disability laws
  • Discrimination, retaliation and harassment
  • Executive agreements
  • OSHA and safety
  • Pay, wage and hour issues
  • Terminations, hiring, layoffs and severance agreements
  • Trade secret misappropriation

Rachel represents clients of all sizes, including multinational corporations, local businesses and executives. She has represented clients in various sectors, including oil and gas services and production, as well as insurance brokerage, security, safety, chemical, service and retail.

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