JOSEPH G. (CHIP) GALAGAZA is a Shareholder in the Houston office of Jackson Lewis. He received his A.B. Degree, with Distinction, from Kenyon College, obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law, and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Galagaza is a senior litigator who has represented employers in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters before both administrative agencies and in state and federal courts. This experience covers discrimination claims of every variety under federal and Texas state law, wrongful discharge cases, a broad range of employment law torts, ERISA litigation, workers’ compensation retaliation cases, matters arising under OSHA and wage and hour matters. In the wage and hour area, Mr. Galagaza routinely assists clients with wage and hour issues, from advice and counsel to having represented employers in collective actions, including those with a potential class size in excess of 2,000 current and former employees, and in significant DOL wage and hour audits. In the traditional labor area, Mr. Galagaza has experience in union elections, unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining, and arbitration having tried approximately 50 labor arbitration cases. In addition, Mr. Galagaza has long counseled and advised clients in their "preventative maintenance" efforts, has conducted supervisory training seminars, and has conducted employee handbook and personnel policy reviews for them. Mr. Galagaza has participated in 14 employment law trials to verdict, seven to juries and seven to the bench, and he has represented employers in several cases before both state and federal appellate courts. Mr. Galagaza has authored and presented papers at local and regional continuing legal education seminars, and he has likewise made presentations to human resources professional groups. These presentations have covered both legal updates on topics of current interest and "nuts and bolts/how-to" subject areas. Mr. Galagaza received a peer selected AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell and was peer selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2010 for Labor and Employment Law. Mr. Galagaza has also been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers® since 2003.