David J. Quan

Mr. Quan is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is licensed to practice in both Texas and California. The primary focus of his extensive experience has been on issues related to the workplace and the employment relationship. Since 1993, Mr. Quan has counseled employers and management on employment law and human resources issues such as employment contracts, terminations, employee discipline, leave policies and practices, investigations of alleged harassment and/or discrimination, compensation, union avoidance, and measures on reducing liability and exposure to litigation. He has represented clients in litigation involving discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 1981, Section1983, the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, and parallel state statutes, wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and in employment-related tort claims. He has also represented management clients in disciplinary arbitration and in Unfair Labor Practice proceedings against unionized employees. During his career, Mr. Quan has served a wide variety of clients, including family owned businesses, public agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Quan’s prior experience includes serving as a judicial law clerk to both the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew of the Central District of California, and the Honorable William J. Cornelius, former Chief Justice of the Texas Court of Appeals, Sixth Judicial District. From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Quan served as an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Houston.


Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP, 2007 to present

Law Office of David J. Quan, 2005 to present

Municipal Courts, City of Houston – Associate Judge, 2006 to August, 2012

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, 2004 – 2005

Baker & McKenzie, 2000 – 2003

Wickliff & Hall, P.C. (now Cozen O'Connor), 1996 – 2000

Office of the County Counsel, Los Angeles, California, 1993 – 1996


Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

Houston Bar Association

State Bar of California (inactive)

Asian American Bar Association of Houston

Honors & Awards

Friars Society, University of Texas at Austin

Articles / Presentations

"Crossing the Line: When Bullying Becomes Harassment in the Workplace," Presenter, EEOC Technical Assistance Program, August 2010

"Wage and Hour Overview for Non-Employment Attorneys,"  Presenter, Houston Bar Association Employment Law Institute, October 2009

"Wage and Hour Issues in the Transportation Industry," Presenter, Transportation Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, September 2009

"Preventing Lawsuits from Terminations," Presenter, Council on Education in Management, October 2007

"Wage and Hour Issues under the FLSA," Panel Member, Greater Houston Restaurant Association (Educational Outlets), August, 2007

“American Employment Law Considerations for Norwegian-Based Companies,” Speaker, Norwegian Consulate at Offshore Technology Conference, May 2007

“What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Wage and Hour Law,” Panel Member, Asian American Bar Association, August 2006

“Q&A Column,” Contributor, ADVANCE for Nurses, June 2006

“HR Hotspots: Nine Compliance Nightmares,” Presenter, Texas Bankers Association, May 2006

“Tales from the Darkside: Trends in Employment Law Defense,” Speaker, Texas Employment Lawyers, Houston Chapter, June 2005

Texas Employment Law Handbook 2004, “Chapter 6: Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Law,” Co-author, Texas Association of Businesses

“The Nuts and Bolts of ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Comp Regulations,” Presenter, Council on Education in Management, February 2004

“Steering Clear of Legal Landmines When Disciplining and Terminating Workers’ Compensation Claimants,” Presenter, Council on Education in Management, February 2004

“Wage and Hour Law Update in Texas,” Instructor, Lorman Educational Services, July 2001 and July 2002

“Overview of State and Federal Wage and Hour Laws and Affiliated Recordkeeping Requirements,” Instructor, Lorman Education Services, January 2001

“FLSA Update,” Speaker, Wickliff & Hall 1999 Labor and Employment Law Seminar, November 1999

“Invoking Your Statutory Rights to Control the Use of Intermittent and Reduced Schedule Leave,” Speaker, Council on Education in Management, April 1999

“Violence in the Workplace: Legal Issues,” Texas Psychological Association Convention, October 1998

“Employment Law Issues in Hiring Foreign Workers,” Speaker, Quan, Burdette & Perez, 1998 Immigration Law Seminar, May 1998

“Violence in the Workplace in Texas: Lawful Methods to Decrease Their Occurrence,” Speaker, Wickliff & Hall, 1998 Labor and Employment Law Seminar, March 1998

“Current Legal Issues in Sexual Harassment,” Columbia Spring Branch Medical Center, December 1996

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University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1987

University of Houston School of Law, Certificate - Mediation Training, 2011

University of Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, M. Pub. Aff., 1989

University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1982