Alicia Sienne Voltmer

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Ms. Voltmer joined Lillard Wise Szygenda PLLC in March 2016. She earned a full swimming scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she was a two-time Academic and Athletic All-American, and graduated with a double major in Political Science and German (magna cum laude). Following graduation, she earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree from SMU, and her Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego.

Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Ms. Voltmer represents employers, from start-up companies to Fortune 500s, in a wide variety of employment matters. She has handled mediations, arbitrations, administrative hearings, and court proceedings involving numerous state and federal laws, including the ADA, ADEA, the EPA, ERISA, the FLSA, the FMLA, the NLRA, Title VII, the TCHRA, the OWBPA, and other laws. In addition, she routinely counsels employers on day-to-day employment matters, including reductions in force, disciplinary actions, accommodations, and hiring and firing; provides training to employees and managers; drafts and reviews handbooks, restrictive covenants, arbitration, employment and separation agreements; and drafts client-specific policies.

She has been a featured speaker on labor and employment law topics before local, state and national audiences, has appeared as an employment law commentator on the local affiliates of Fox and NBC News, has published a number of articles, and authors an award-winning employment law blog located at http://hospitalityemploymentlawyer.blogspot.com.  

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Admitted in all Texas state and federal courts, and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Section
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Board Member, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
  • Member, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys
  • Board Member, Companions for Life
  • Executive Advisory Board Member, Greater Dallas Restaurant Association
  • Former Board Member and Corporate Secretary, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
  • Former Board Member, Dallas Civil Service Commission
  • Former Board Member, Feral Friends

Education and Honors

  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 1996
  • M.L.A., Southern Methodist University, 1992
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University, magna cum laude, 1991
  • Texas Rising Star, 2004-2009

Recent Speeches

  • Pro*Act HR Share Group Meeting – Austin – April 2017
  • Executive Women’s Forum Owner’s Group – “How Business Owners Can Minimize Employment Law Risks” – Dallas – April 2017
  • Greater Dallas Restaurant Association – “Industry Tool Chest—Restaurant Employment Trends 2017” – Dallas – March 2017
  • Tower Club of Dallas Beer and Business Event – “Employment Law 2017” – Dallas – February 2017
  • Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators (MUFSO) Conference – Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) Breakout Session – “Are you Ready? New Overtime Rules Effective December 1st” – Dallas – 2016
  • Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Event – “Employment Law Primer” and “Independent Contractors vs. Employees” – Dallas 2016
  • Meeting of the Minds – “The E-Ticket Ride—Developments in Labor and Employment Law 2016” – Dallas 2016
  • El Centro Community College – “An Overview of EEO Laws” – Dallas – 2016
  • North Dallas / Plano Career Focus Group – “Getting Hired” – Dallas – 2016
  • Franchisee Trade Group – “The New FLSA Regulations” – Dallas – 2016
  • Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Event – “Human Resources and Employment Matters” – Dallas – 2016
  • Meeting of the Minds – “Latest Legal Developments Directly Impacting the Day-to-Day HR Functions in the Restaurant Industry” – Dallas – 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar – “When Religion Intersects With the Workplace” – San Antonio – 2015
  • Goldman Sachs 1OK Small Business Event – “Overview of Employment Laws” – Dallas – 2015
  • Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce – “Employment Law Lunch & Learn” – Sulphur Springs – 2015
  • El Centro Community College – “Hospitality Law for Restaurateurs” – Dallas – 2015
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Legal Clinic – “Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in the Interview Process” – Dallas – 2014
  • El Centro Community College, Guest Lecturer – “Employment Laws for the Hospitality Manager” – Dallas – 2014
  • Meeting of the Minds Seminar – “Employment Law Topics” – Dallas – 2014
  • El Centro College, Guest Lecturer – “Introduction to Employment Law for the Hospitality Industry” – Dallas – 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Texas Seminar – “Pros and Cons of Arbitration Agreements” – Austin – 2013
  • Self-Opportunity 2013 Meeting of the Minds Seminar – Keynote Speaker – “Background Checks and Litigation Trends in the Restaurant Industry” – Dallas – 2013
  • Self-Opportunity 2013 Meeting of the Minds Seminar – “Emerging Union Trends in the Restaurant Industry” – Dallas – 2013
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Lubbock Chapter – “Mid-Year Employment Law Update” – Lubbock – July 2013
  • El Centro College, Guest Lecturer – “Equal Employment Opportunity” – Dallas – 2013
  • Greater Dallas Restaurant Association – “ROC United” – Dallas – 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar – “Advanced Topics in Complex Leave of Absence Issues” – Phoenix – 2012
  • El Centro College – “From Soup to Nuts – Practical Considerations for the Restaurateur” – Dallas – 2012
  • El Centro College – “Equal Employment Opportunity and Governing Laws” – Dallas – January 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar – “The New Face of the American Workforce – and Why it Matters” – Chicago – 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar – “Managing Multi-Jurisdiction Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Litigation” – Chicago – 2011
  • Texas Credit Union League – “Who are you Really Hiring? Performing Background Investigations on Employees” – Dallas – 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar – “EEOC Charges” – New Orleans – 2008

Recent publications

  • Fall 2016 Edition – Restaurantville Magazine – “What Texas Employers Should Know About the Use of Payroll Debit Cards”
  • October 28, 2015 – The Dallas Hospitality Employment Lawyer Blog – “Firing over Facebook “Likes” Could Violate the NLRA”
  • December 11, 2014 – Inside Counsel – “Key Takeaways from Recent Decisions in Religious Accommodations”
  • November 26, 2014 – Inside Counsel – “8 Tips Employers Should Know about Settling Administrative Charges”
  • November 13, 2014 – Inside Counsel – “7 Considerations for Customizing an Arbitration Agreement”
  • October 30, 2014 – Inside Counsel – “Have Employer Handbook Policy Developments Led to the Unintended Death of Common Sense?”
  • October 16, 2014 – Inside Counsel – “Is the FMLA’s ‘Key Employee’ Reinstatement Exception Still Viable?”
  • October 2, 2014 – Inside Counsel – “How Far Can the ADA Expand?”
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