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Douglas E. Hamel

Douglas E. Hamel Of Counsel, Litigation

Doug joined the firm in 1976 and was admitted to partnership in 1983. He is an experienced trial lawyer with two distinct litigation practices. His condemnation practice focuses on representing clients whose property is being taken through the power of eminent domain. He also has significant experience counseling a broad range of clients in employment, labor, and civil rights law.

And he represents clients in matters involving issues of employment discrimination, pension benefits, and labor relations (including collective bargaining and unfair labor practices). He represents clients throughout the United States in federal and state courts, and before local authorities and agencies. 

Experience Highlights

  • (Tex. Dist.) – Represented an oil and gas refiner in the termination of an employee in a case involving alleged shareholder oppression
  • (Tex. Dist.) – Represented and international oilfield services company against another energy company alleging tortuous interference in a non-compete agreement. After trial it was found that the non-solicitation portions of plaintiff’s employment agreements were invalid
  • Represented a Virgin Island petroleum refining company in labor matters related to the closure of its refinery impacting approximately 2,000 employees and contract employees
  • (Va. Cir. – Prince William Cnty.) – Received a favorable judgment (one of the 10 largest in Virginia at the time) on behalf of a construction and engineering company in the taking of a property at 5% the total value of the property
  • (Va. Cir. – Prince William Cnty.) – Represented a former Washington Redskins player with the condemnation of land. This matter was successfully litigated and resulted in a favorable settlement

Labor & Employment

  • Represented a major life insurance company located in New York in connection with employment cases filed by former senior managers in Texas, Alaska, California, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina
  • Represented a major oilfield services provider in obtaining reversal of an adverse determination in a Commissioner’s charge matter and dismissal of findings of discrimination in hiring and assignment for an affected class of more than 20,000 applicants and employees
  • Represented an international oil field service company in connection with an $85 million claim for pension benefits by the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of terminated employees
  • Represented a major oil company in the closure of unionized operations (including the successful defense of numerous union unfair labor practice charges)
  • Represented two major regional grocery chains in their labor relations activities, including collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges, and the rejection of their collective bargaining agreements, as part of their emergence from bankruptcy
  • Represented a national steel manufacturing company in a class action lawsuit filed by former employees claiming pension benefits
  • (S.D. Tex) – Represented an international offshore drilling company in a Rehabilitation Act class case brought by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • Represented an international energy services company in a directed age investigation on the reduction of a workforce affecting 3,000 employees
  • Represented a major trucking company in a disability discrimination action brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of 50 employees

Condemnation & Eminent Domain

  • (Va. Cir. – Fairfax Cnty.) – Represented a land developer in a case involving the Silver Line Metro in D.C
  • Represented a regional holder of gas stations in several matters related to the taking of a property and the ability to operate a gas station
  • Represented a convenient store chain in a matter involving the taking of convenient stores

Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2036
F +1.713.615.5388
dhamel@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Doug's Practices

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • University of Virginia, B.A., Mathematics and Physics with distinction, 1972
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; United States Supreme Court; U.S. Tax Court; District of Columbia Court of Appeals; U.S. Courts of Appeal for Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas; all Texas courts
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment Law, 2004−2018
  • Who’s Who Legal: Texas (Law Business Research, Ltd.), Management, Labor, and Employment Law, 2007 and 2008
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Labor and Employment Law, 1995−2017
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003−2017
  • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, 2008
  • Chair: Civil Service Commission, City of Houston (1984–1987); Vinson & Elkins’ Benefits and Compensation Committee
  • Member: Conference Planning Committee, University of Texas Annual Employment Law Conference (1996–2007)