Oberti Sullivan LLP









Experienced Houston Employment Lawyers

Oberti Sullivan is a boutique law firm of dedicated Houston employment attorneys.  Mark Oberti and Ed Sullivan are both Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Each are former successful partners at a national employment law firm.  They founded Oberti Sullivan to provide heightened and efficient service to their many corporate clients, and also to leverage their talents and abilities for executives and employees who have compelling cases.

Oberti Sullivan's goal is to provide vigorous, responsive, and peerless representation to employers, employees, and executives in employment law. They are small because they do all the work themselves, and they pick the cases they wish to work on.  Since the Firm's founding, Mark and Ed have obtained settlements and verdicts in the millions of dollars, and defended companies of all sizes against all types of employment law claims.  You do not hire them because you want just a "plaintiff" attorney or just a "defense" attorney.  You hire them because you want a successful employment attorney in Houston to personally handle your case.  They will shoot it to you straight, and will represent you in an aggressive and professional manner.

As a result of their many successes, both Mark and Ed are frequently recognized by third-party attorney ratings services.  For example, in 2016, the Firm received major accolades from important legal publications. Best Lawyers recognized both Mark Oberti and Ed Sullivan for Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Labor and Employment.  The Firm was also recognized by Best Lawyers as being among the "Best Labor and Employment Law Firms - First Tier, in Texas."  In addition, for the second year running, Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly, recognized Mark and Ed as elite "Top 100 Houston Super Lawyers."  In 2015, Corporate Counsel Magazine named Oberti Sullivan as one of the “2015 Go-To Law Firms for the Top 500 Companies."

The Firm handles a wide range of employment cases, including high-level executive cases, as well as non-compete litigation, and a variety of other employment law matters, such as race discrimination, race harassment (including noose cases), retaliation, sex discrimination, sex harassment, age discrimination, age harassment, disability (ADA) discrimination and reasonable accommodation, whistleblower, FLSA (unpaid overtime and minimum wage), collective actions, Sarbanes-Oxley Act retaliation claims, Dodd-Frank Act retaliation claims, DOL audits and investigations, unpaid bonuses, and many other employment law cases in Houston and Texas.

Oberti Sullivan has proven trial and appellate results in both state and federal court.  For employers, we have achieved numerous complete defense victories, from small businesses to the Fortune 100.  For individuals and executives, we have obtained favorable settlements and verdicts for our individual clients.  See here for an example.  If you are an employee, please read the "Five Questions That Individual Employees Should Ask Before Hiring A Houston Employment Lawyer."

Mark and Ed have different styles, personalities, and perspectives, but each enjoys zealously practicing law and solving problems.  They pick up their phones, answer your questions directly, and are committed to providing you with an early case assessment with realistic litigation strategies and options.  If you are considering a lawyer, you should evaluate the history of success of Mark and Ed.

Latest and Important News:  

  • August 23, 2017:  Mark Oberti, Ed Sullivan, Joe Ahmad, and Melanie Kolterman speak before the State Bar of Texas on "2017:  Cutting Edge Retaliation and Whistleblowing Claims And Defenses."
  • May 25, 2017:  Mark Oberti gives a presentation for the National Employment Law Institute at its 2017 Mid-Year Employment Law Conference entitled "Update on Retaliation and Whistleblowing" at the W Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C.
  • May 19, 2017:  Oberti Sullivan hosts a powerhouse CLE on Houston employment law, including unpaid overtime lawsuits, internal investigation curveballs, and non-compete litigation.
  • April 25, 2017:  Mark Oberti releases a new blog post on a retaliation case from the Fifth Circuit.
  • April 20, 2017:  Ed Sullivan and Charles Sturm are interviewed on KCOH radio for the Ben Hall Legal Hour.  The topic is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
  • April 13, 2017:  Mark Oberti releases an updated paper entitled "2017 Update:  Suing or Defending the Departing Texas Employee, Including Non-Competes, Trade Secrets, and Fiduciary Duties."
  • April 13, 2017:  Mark Oberti, Ed Sullivan, Joseph Ahmad, and Hanna Norvell speak before the State Bar of Texas and give a webcast entitled "2017 Non-Compete, Trade Secrets, and Inevitable Disclosures."  Powerpoint here.  Paper here.
  • March 6, 2017:  Mark Oberti, Ed Sullivan, Joseph Ahmad, and Rachel Powitzky Steely speak before the State Bar of Texas and give a webcast entitled "Top Ten Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases of 2016"
  • February 2, 2017:  Mark Oberti, Ed Sullivan, Joseph Ahmad, and Rachel Powitzky Steely speak before the State Bar of Texas and give a webcast entitled "Top Ten Fifth Circuit Employment Law Cases of 2016"
  • January 4, 2017:  Oberti Sullivan wins summary judgment in a same sex harassment case.  Smith v. MTC, No. 4:16-cv-00176-A (N.D. Tex.).  A copy of the opinion is here.  The final judgment is here.
  • September 6, 2016:  Mark Oberti and Ed Sullivan were each recognized as "Top 100 Houston Super Lawyers" for 2016.  Super Lawyers is a Thompson Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly.
  • August 15, 2016:  For its 2017 edition, the publication Best Lawyers recognized Mark Oberti and Ed Sullivan in two different categories:  (1) Employment Law-Management and (2) Litigation - Labor & Employment.
  • April 5, 2016: Mark Oberti and Ed Sullivan each win a "Standing Ovation" award from the State Bar of Texas for "extraordinary energy, commitment of time, and leadership" in the presentation of multiple webcasts for Texas attorneys.
  • July 2, 2015:  Oberti Sullivan LLP named one of the “2015 Go-To Law Firms for the Top 500 Companies” by Corporate Counsel Magazine.
  • We make news all the time.  For all of our updates from 2010-present, click here.


Oberti Sullivan - Specialized knowledge in Texas labor law

You have questions and you want answers. Mark and Ed have over 30 years of combined employment law experience. They don’t need to learn on the job.  From 2009-present, Mark Oberti has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer," and from 2012-present, Edwin Sullivan has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer." Super Lawyers is a Thompson Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly


Employment labor law counseling for small businesses in Texas

If you engage Oberti Sullivan to represent you or your organization, you will find a different kind of attorney experience.  You can speak to us directly about your case.  We respond to phone calls and e-mails, and provide you with a steady stream of status updates.  We do not load up cases with associates to increase our bill.  When you hire us, you get us.

Oberti / Sullivan offers exceptional value

We litigate efficiently and provide great value because: (a) our overhead is low; (b) no on the job training is necessary; and (c) we can be flexible in dealing with our clients. We will not charge for domestic long distance telephone calls, any cell phone calls, in-house copies or in-house print jobs, or for Westlaw legal research within our standard plan.   You always receive an early case evaluation.


Oberti / Sullivan

Mark Oberti and Ed Sullivan left secure partnerships at a national law firm and created this firm because they are passionate about what they do.  Day in and day out, they love representing their clients in employment law matters.  The numerous cases we have won demonstrate that our passion for practicing Houston employment law makes a difference.






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