Defense of Governmental Entities, Employment Law, Medical Liability, Immigration
Virginia Durham Young was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in May, 1996 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. During law school, Ms. Young interned for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and later with the firm of Fanning, Harper & Martinson. After graduating from law school in 1996, Ms. Young continued with the firm of Fanning, Harper & Martinson primarily representing governmental entities and school districts in employment and civil rights litigation. Ms. Young continued her labor and employment defense practice at Thompson & Knight prior to joining our Firm.
Ms. Young graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. She received her J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law in 1996, magna cum laude. While in law school, Ms. Young made the Dean’s List (all semesters), was named Outstanding Female Graduate and received the George T. Barrow Award - being selected by the Dean and faculty to make the most outstanding attorney from the graduating class. Ms. Young was a member of the Order of Lytae Honor Society, Who’s Who: American Law Students (1995, 1996), and South Texas Law Review - Chief Articles Editor (Spring 1996) and Articles Editor (1995-96). Ms. Young received the Highest Grade Award in Agency & Partnership, Americans with Disabilities Act, Employment Discrimination, Insurance Law and Texas Pre-trial Procedure. She received scholarships from South Texas Law Review and the Houston Business Forum, and was a Semi-finalist in the Spurgeon Bell Moot Court Competition and received a Best Brief Award.
Ms. Young is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and the Smith County Bar Association.
Articles and Publications
Ms. Young is a frequent presenter to various organizations and is the author or co-author of several publications and papers including:
“Potholes Along the Telecommuting Highway: Legal Issues to Consider”, February 2000, article written for Thompson & Knight Labor Law Seminar
“Employee Illnesses: FMLA, ADA and other Applicable Laws,” presented to the Fort Worth Claims Association, June, 1998
“Sexual Harassment Mock Trial,” presented to the Texas Association of Counties Annual Convention, March, 1998
“Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” presented to the Dallas Subrogation Association, January, 1998
“Overview of The Americans with Disabilities Act,” presented to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) (Austin, Texas), November, 1997
“Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” presented to the Texas Association of School Boards (Austin, Texas), November, 1997
“Handling Employment Discrimination Investigations and EEOC charges,” presented to the Texas Association of School Boards (Austin, Texas), November, 1997
“Overview of Employment Law,” presented to the Texas Association of School Boards (Austin, Texas), November, 1997
“Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” presented to the Dallas Claims Association, September, 1997.
Virginia Durham Young was born in Fort Worth, Texas on November 22, 1964.