John E. Cruickshank


Cruickshank, John B&W_0493John is a Board Certified attorney in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. John focuses on helping the firm’s clients identify legal risks and eliminating them before a lawsuit is ever filed. As a result, John stresses the importance of house calls – visiting clients at their place of business to understand how they operate and what their individual needs are. He is a lot more comfortable in a hard hat and steel toed boots than a suit and tie.

John represents a wide-spectrum of clients in the food manufacturing, building management, vehicle fleet leasing, steel manufacturing, and construction industries. His goal in studying these industries is to identify legal issues and help the firm’s clients resolve them before they become the next wave of class action lawsuits or government investigations.

For example, his wage and hour audits have saved the firm’s clients hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in liability by identifying flaws in their practices and correcting them before a lawsuit was filed. Similarly, John was an early advocate of arbitration agreements and class action waivers to avoid costly litigation. John also advises clients on the emerging threat of negligent entrustment liability and what they need to do to protect themselves.

John is the Deputy Industrial Relations Counsel for the North American Meat Association and a speaker at numerous trade associations affiliated with the food manufacturing, transportation, and building management industries. His employment law training ignores legal minutiae in favor of giving supervisors easy and practical solutions to managing work place issues. He also produces regular newsletters for his clients to keep them up to date on what they need to do to stay out of trouble and prevent lawsuits.

John is an Eagle Scout and avid outdoorsman. In his free time, he enjoys camping and backpacking in some of the world’s most remote places.

John can be reached anytime by phone at 281-833-2200 or by email at