Jason E. Winford

Senior Counsel

  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    As an experienced business, commercial, and employment trial lawyer, Jason E. Winford zealously represent businesses, executives, and professionals in the courtroom and in negotiations. He is board-certified in labor and employment law and “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Jason has also been named to the “Texas Super Lawyers” by Texas Monthly and the “Best Lawyers Under 40” by D Magazine.

    Jason has significant experience litigating business and employment disputes in both state and federal courts, on appeal, at government agencies (EEOC, TWC, DOL, OSHA), and in arbitrations. He has been lead counsel in both jury and bench trials, and in arbitrations. He believes in thorough preparation and attention to detail in order to help his clients achieve the best possible outcome. He brings to each case creative legal strategies and clear and effective legal writing and oral advocacy. Some of the cases he has handled include:

    • Employment lawsuits and agency proceedings involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of employment agreement, and disputes over compensation, bonuses, commissions, and benefits.
    • Unfair competition cases, including lawsuits for damages and injunctive relief over noncompete, nonsolicit, and nondisclosure agreements, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference.
    • Wage and hour claims under the FLSA, including both individual and collective actions, as well as DOL audits.
    • Business lawsuits involving a wide range of commercial disputes, including business breakups, purchase agreements, contract disputes, business torts, fiduciary breaches, real estate transactions, and insurance coverage.
    • Serving as Texas counsel for a national legal defense foundation in multiple cases challenging compulsory unionism.

    Jason also works with clients to minimize the risks of lawsuits. He regularly advises businesses on complying with employment laws and regulations and in handling difficult employment issues. He also helps clients negotiate and draft business contracts and employment agreements, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, severance agreements, and employment policies.

    He is a native Texan and attended college and law school at the University of Texas. He is also honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of Good Shepherd Episcopal School, where his two youngest daughters attend school. When not practicing law, he enjoys cheering on his kids (and sometimes coaching them) in basketball, soccer, wrestling, and rock climbing, and spending time outdoors in the mountains with his family.


    • Texas


    • State Bar of Texas
    • Dallas Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Texas Bar College
    • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Barrister, William “Mac” Taylor, Jr. American Inn of Court (alumnus)
    • Dallas Human Resource Management Association (DallasHR)
    • World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

    Community Involvement

    • Board of Trustees, Good Shepherd Episcopal School
    • Youth Basketball Coach, Town North Family YMCA
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience
    • Defended medical practice in lawsuit by former office employee for age discrimination and harassment, and obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims.
    • Represented oilfield service technician in claims for overtime and retaliation under the FLSA. As lead counsel, obtained jury verdict and final judgment back pay and liquidated damages, plus attorney’s fees.
    • Defended staffing company and regional vice president in two lawsuits against claims by recruiting company for breach of contract, tortious interference, fraud, conversion, and unjust enrichment, and obtained dismissal of both lawsuits for lack of jurisdiction.
    • Defended trucking company and owner in lawsuit by former manager alleging discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and breach of employment agreement. Obtained partial dismissal of claims and reached favorable settlement of remaining claims.
    • Represented trucking company in lawsuit against used truck dealer for breach of contract to purchase fleet of trucks, and obtained summary judgment for damages.
  • Publications & Presentations


    • Supreme Court Strikes Down Compelled Public-Sector Union Fees, Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association (Feb. 2019)
    • Protecting Confidential Business Information During Litigation, Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association (Oct. 2014)
  • Education


    J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1993

    • Articles Editor, The Review of Litigation
    • Judging Director, Board of Advocates
    • Executive Director, Legal Research Board

    B.B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1990


    Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

    AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

    Texas “Super Lawyer,” Labor & Employment Law, Texas Monthly Magazine

    The Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine