Ms. Askew has extensive experience in representing clients in complex commercial litigation in a variety of industries. She also represents clients in significant employment matters involving claims of race, disability, gender and age discrimination, sexual harassment and in litigation involving trade secrets, non-compete, and non-solicitation and employment agreements. She has successfully tried cases to non-jury and jury verdicts in state and federal courts around the country, and handled appeals before the Texas Courts of Appeals and the Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Ms. Askew is a long-time leader in the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, and Dallas Bar Association. Ms. Askew is a member of the ABA House of Delegates, Past Chair of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association, the first lawyer of color to have held the office of chair in this prestigious national position, and previously served on the Board of Directors of ALI-ABA. She is a member of the Council and the Membership Committee of The American Law Institute and has chaired key ALI committees. She chaired the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors in 2003-04 after prior service as chair of the Section of Litigation and the Continuing Legal Education Committee.
In 2012, the State Bar of Texas Section of Litigation awarded her the Luther Soules III Award for professionalism and outstanding service to the profession. She also was recognized in 2012 by Lawdragon as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” and has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer since 2002. In 2010, D Magazine named her to its inaugural list of Best Women Lawyers in Dallas in Labor and Employment law, and Texas Lawyer selected her as one of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century. She has been included in the “Best Lawyers in America” for Commercial Litigation for more than ten years.
Ms. Askew is a frequent author and speaker on discovery, evidentiary, business litigation, and employment law topics. The State Bar of Texas selected Ms. Askew’s presentation on “Texas State and Federal Privileges Update,” at the Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course in 2009 as one of the state’s best CLE presentations of the year. She serves on the boards of local and national civic, charitable and professional organizations.