Meredith Gregston

Associate

  • Meredith Gregston
  • Phone: +1 512 277 2257
    Fax: +1 512 519 8801

    Import to Address Book

  • Duane Morris LLP
    Las Cimas IV
    900 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite 300
    Austin, TX 78746-5435
    USA

Meredith Gregston's practice focuses on the area of employment counseling and litigation as well as handling complex commercial disputes.  Her employment litigation practice includes all aspects of employment such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, trade secrets, and wage and hour issues. Mrs. Gregston represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as proceedings before the Texas Workforce Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

In addition to her litigation practice, Mrs. Gregston provides advice and counseling on day-to-day employee-related matters as well as compliance, ranging from FMLA and ADA to termination best practices, restrictive covenants and employment agreements as well as advancements and changes in the pay equity space. She advises clients that are federal contractors on affirmative action; legislative and regulatory changes affecting employment matters for federal contractors; and OFCCP compliance issues, from developing affirmative action plans to representing companies during the audit process. Mrs. Gregston also regularly assists clients through pay equity disputes, internal audits and global compliance with pay equity legislation. Mrs. Gregston frequently partners with companies to analyze and develop diversity and inclusion initiatives and to analyze their compensation to not only ensure they are in compliance with applicable law, but to help them achieve internal equity and other goals.

Mrs. Gregston’s strategic and practical approach coupled with the ability to cost-effectively manage clients' business and legal objectives has led to her to be a part of representing companies across the United States.  Her litigation experience helps companies navigate risk through their disputes and internal initiatives.

 

Representative Matters

  • Represented a private investment firm focused on commercial real estate in the U.S. and Europe in the employment aspects of the June 2020 acquisition and financing of a San Antonio-based property management firm with a portfolio including 30,000 apartment homes; the acquisition expands the investment firm's integrated real estate platform of capital raising, acquisitions and property management, as well as its holdings in the “necessity housing” market.

  • Represented Little River Healthcare in obtaining a complete victory and an approximately $108 million final award from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas; the award included nearly $80 million in breach of contract damages (inclusive of interest) and more than $21 million in penalties against BCBSTX for violating Texas Prompt Payment laws, and also shifted attorneys’ fees and other costs onto BCBSTX and denied all of BCBSTX's counterclaims against Little River.
  • Represented regents of a large public university in an employment case involving claims of gender and disability discrimination, retaliation, and violations of the California Equal Pay Act. The jury found for the plaintiff on her disability discrimination and retaliation claims, but motions for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and for a new trial were successfully granted, with the jury verdict being vacated, resulting in judgment for the Regents on all claims.

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, B.B.A., 2009

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2019-present

  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C.
    - Associate, 2017-2019

  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
    - Associate, 2015-2017

  • Husch Blackwell LLP
    - Associate, 2013-2015

Professional Activities

  • North Texas Industry Liaison Group (NTILG)

  • San Antonio Industry Liaison Group (SAILG)
    - Chair

  • Austin Industry Liaison Group (AILG)
    - Coordinator

  • Houston Industry Liaison Group (HILG)

  • National Industry Liaison Group
    - Programming Committee Member

  • The College of the State Bar of Texas

  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association

  • Austin Young Lawyers Association

  • Texas Young Lawyers Association

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Austin Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Ronald McDonald House

  • Boys and Girls Club

  • Race for the Cure

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Legal/Contract Advisor for Alpha Delta Pi

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Employee Handbooks - A Deep Dive," Duane Morris Institute (DMi), Webinar, March 11, 2021
  • Speaker, "Pay Equity Analyses: The Nuts and Bolts of Conducting An Analysis and Best Practices," Duane Morris Institute (DMi), Webinar, March 4, 2021
  • Speaker, "Steps for Getting Through OFCCP Audits with Maximum Success," Baltimore ILG Webinar, February 9, 2021
  • Speaker, "State Law Updates, Including COVID-19 Workplace Laws and Regulations," The New Reality of Workplace Law and Practice in the COVID-19 Era, Duane Morris LLP, Webinar, November 12, 2020
  • Speaker, "Diversity and Inclusion," The New Reality of Workplace Law and Practice in the COVID-19 Era, Duane Morris LLP, Webinar, November 11, 2020
  • Speaker, "Termination Traps: Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make When Terminating Employees and How to Avoid Them,"  BCGi Summit, Webinar, October 28, 2020
  • Speaker, "Steps for Getting Through OFCCP Audits with Maximum Success," San Antonio Industry Liaison Group, Webinar, October 21, 2020
  • Speaker, "Impact of COVID-19 on HR Policies and Practices," Duane Morris Institute (DMi), Webinar, August 6, 2020
  • Speaker, "Leadership Competencies and Culture: COVID-19 and Your New Reality," Duane Morris Institute (DMi), Webinar, June 10, 2020
  • "Since We Are Talking About Pay…Leveraging Your OFCCP Compliance Activities to Learn More About Your Pay Equity Situation," Industry Liaison Group National Conference, August 1, 2019
  • "Affirmative Action Plans: Compliance Plus Collaboration," Industry Liaison Group National Conference, July 31, 2019
  • "Leveraging Your OFCCP Compliance Efforts," North Texas Industry Liaison Group, May, 2019
  • "Leveraging Your OFCCP Compliance Efforts," Greater Houston Area Industry Liaison Group, April, 2019
  • "Leveraging Your OFCCP Compliance Efforts," San Antonio Industry Liaison Group, February, 2019
  • "Pay Equity – Navigating the Issues," North Texas Industry Liaison Group, November 15, 2018

  • "Navigating Compliance with Complex Recruiting Strategies," National Industry Liaison Group, August 2, 2018

  • "The Gender Gap was not Built in a Day and Neither are the Solutions – A Holistic Approach to Pay," Arkansas Industry Liaison Group, Little Rock, October 25, 2017

  • "Navigating Compliance with Complex Recruiting Strategies," Arkansas Industry Liaison Group, Little Rock, October 25, 2017

  • "Gender Pay Equity: What's Working and What's Not," Texas 15th Annual Employment Law Update, Austin, October 20, 2017

  • "Complying With OFCCP Guidelines for Hiring People With Disabilities," Lorman Webinar, Austin, August 31, 2017

  • "The Gender Gap Was Not Built in a Day and Neither are the Solutions – A Holistic Approach to Pay," 2017 National Industry Liaison Group Conference, San Antonio, August 02, 2017

  • "Best Practices for Addressing Workplace Violence," Client Webinar, Austin, December 13, 2016

  • "Understanding the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule," Austin Industry Liaison Group, Austin, November 08, 2016

  • "Proper Dispositioning of Applicants and Its Importance in Defending Against Discrimination in OFCCP Audits," San Antonio Industry Liaison Group, Austin, August 18, 2016

  • "Forefront:  Exempt Vs. Non-exempt Status May Cost You: The Final Changes to Overtime Exemptions," Client Seminar, Austin, June 08, 2016

  • "Employment and Labor Breakfast Briefing Hot Topics," Client Seminar, Austin, February 25, 2016

  • "Who, Me – A Federal Contractor?" Client Seminar, Austin, February 09, 2016