Andrew S. Golub

Mr. Golub is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  His practice focuses on employment and civil rights-related counseling and litigation.  His caseload includes matters arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, constitutional violations (equal protection, due process, first amendment), and all types of state law claims (breach of contract, quantum meruit, defamation).  Mr. Golub has represented numerous graduate students, medical students and medical residents in a variety of disciplinary matters, including appeals from dismissal from their academic programs.  Mr. Golub has also represented individuals and businesses in a variety of commercial litigation, including matters involving copyright and antitrust law.  Mr. Golub has substantial trial experience, having tried cases throughout the state and federal courts in Texas, as well as before arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.  He has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the state and federal appellate courts.

Mr. Golub’s involvement in employment and civil rights matters dates back more than two decades:

  • In 2012 and 2013, he represented (and ultimately negotiated a confidential settlement for) a private university graduate student who had been sexually harassed by her dissertation advisor and then subjected to retaliation after she complained about it.
  • In December 2012, he obtained a substantial settlement for an employee who had been subjected to religious-based harassment during the course of her employment.
  • In early 2012, he represented a United States Olympic Team coach in a U.S.O.C. arbitration pertaining to his status for the 2012 Olympics in London. This matter went from filing to trial in Denver, Colorado, in the span of approximately three weeks.
  • In May 2011, he obtained a $766,617.45 jury verdict in Corina T. Allen v. Radio One of Texas II, LLC.   This was a retaliation case in which Radio One had refused to do business with an advertising agency owned by Corina Allen, a former employee, because she had filed a complaint with the United States Equal Opportunity Commission.
  • From 2009-2011, he successful defended a Continental Airlines pilot and his wife being sued by Continental Airlines to return pension funds that had been disbursed upon their divorce, prior to their eventual reconciliation and re-marriage. They were two of fourteen defendants in the case being sued on similar legal theories. Based upon arguments he developed, the trial judge dismissed all ERISA-based claims against the defendants, and that decision was affirmed on appeal.
  • In 2009, he successfully represented Cudd Pressure Control, Inc., in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The trial court had dismissed all of Cudd’s claims on a motion for summary judgment, and then sanctioned Cudd for having filed its lawsuit in the first place.  The Fifth Circuit reversed the summary judgment and remanded the case for further discovery.  The sanctions were vacated in their entirety.
  • In 2009, he obtained a confidential settlement for a former employee who had been subjected to sexual harassment while on the job.
  • In 2009, he obtained a confidential settlement for a former salesperson who claimed to be owed more than $1,000,000 in commissions.
  • In 2009, he obtained a confidential, pre-suit settlement for a former employee who was terminated three days after complaining that she and other female employees were being sexually harassed by a supervisor.
  • In 2008, he successfully represented a headhunter who sued to recover unpaid fees on a placement he had made.
  • In 2008, he helped defend the former executive of a manufacturer based in Beaumont who was sued in Beaumont in supposed violation of a non-compete agreement and for allegedly misappropriating trade secrets.  The firm successfully moved the court to transfer the case to Wisconsin, where the client’s new employer was based.  The case then settled after it was transferred to that more favorable forum.
  • In 2008, he tried in arbitration a sexual harassment and age discrimination case.
  • In 2008, he obtained a substantial settlement for an employee who had not been paid overtime compensation as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • In 2007, he received a six figure settlement on behalf of two female employees who were terminated almost immediately after complaining that one of their co-workers was being sexually harassed by a manager.
  • In 2007, he successfully represented a former employee who sued have his non-compete agreement declared unenforceable.
  • In 2007, he achieved a substantial settlement for a corporate consultant who was owed nearly $700,000 in unpaid commissions for work performed.
  • In 2006, he represented the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) and three other national civil rights organizations as amicus curiae in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway v. White, a retaliation case pending before the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the employee, Sheila White, and eight of the justices largely adopted the position advanced in NELA’s brief.
  • In 2006, he successfully represented in severance negotiations a senior executive of a Texas-based bank.
  • In 2005, on behalf of two clients he obtained a temporary injunction prohibiting a national automobile dealership from attempting in Florida to enforce a non-compete agreement that would have restricted his clients’ activities in Texas.
  • In 2005, along with the San Antonio office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, he settled a case on behalf of a restaurant worker who was subjected to racial epithets and slurs during the course of his employment.
  • In a 2005 retaliation case, he prevailed upon a federal district judge in Houston to reconsider an important point of law that the judge had ruled differently on in a 2004 published opinion.
  • In 2005, he successfully defended a staff leasing firm that was sued by one of its client’s employees. The employee claimed that she had been discriminated against because of her religion, national origin and gender. When the evidence revealed that the staff leasing firm had no relationship to her employment other than processing her paycheck and providing benefits, along with the fact that she had never made the firm aware of the alleged discrimination, the court entered summary judgment for Mr. Golub’s client as to all claims asserted against it.
  • In 2005, he successfully represented in severance negotiations three departing executives of an internet company.
  • In 2004, in a case called Urban v. Dolgencorp, Inc., he filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the American Diabetes Association with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, urging reconsideration of the Court’s opinion. Following the brief’s submission, the Fifth Circuit substantially modified its original opinion in Urban’s favor.
  • In 2004, he successfully represented a salesperson who complained about age and gender discrimination, and about retaliation for having filed a complaint with the EEOC. The case settled favorably to the client before depositions were concluded.
  • In May of 2002, he obtained a temporary injunction for the Plaintiff in Sandeep Rao v. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a free speech case. Texas Tech had tried to expel Mr. Rao, a student journalist, because of an article he wrote for the school newspaper. The school has now been enjoined, pending a July 2003 trial, from carrying through with the explusion. The Amarillo Court of Appeals upheld the injunction in an opinion issued on May 12, 2003.
  • In February of 2002, he obtained a $396,000 jury verdict against the University of Houston and the University of Houston System for their illegal retaliation against Susan Septimus, a former attorney in its Office of General Counsel. The jury quickly ruled unanimously for Mrs. Septimus on all issues. The trial court awarded attorney’s fees and costs, and the University appealed. Based upon a technical issue the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the verdict and remanded the case for a new trial. Before the re-trial, the parties settled the matter at mediation for a confidential amount.
  • In 2001, he successfully represented a class of applicants for police and fire department jobs with the City of Houston, successfully arguing that the City’s hiring practices were, on their face, a violation of state civil service law and a pretext for race discrimination. That case led to entry of an agreed Consent Decree that substantially altered the City’s police and fire hiring practices.
  • In 2001, Mr. Golub also successfully represented John Getter, a former reporter with KHOU TV in Houston, who was terminated because of his age. An arbitrator ruled in Mr. Getter’s favor and entered a substantial damage award.
  • In 2000, he successfully represented a prominent Houston entrepreneur who had been defamed on a nationally-syndicated news magazine show, as well as the estate of a psychiatrically-ill employee who committed suicide after his employer failed to provide him with leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • In 1999, Mr. Golub successfully represented a University of Texas Health Science Center professor in San Antonio who was significantly underpaid because of her gender and in 2000 authored the appellate brief that led to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the jury verdict.
  • In 1998, Mr. Golub represented a terminated executive with Charter Communications International, Inc. The executive claimed that Charter had breached his written employment agreement by firing him four months after hiring him, and just two months after giving him a three year, written employment agreement. Charter claimed that the executive had misrepresented his qualifications and had shown abysmal performance during his short time with the company. Following a several-day arbitration hearing, the arbitrator awarded the executive all back pay and stock options due him through the contract’s term. Including interest and attorney’s fees, the client was awarded more than $309,000.
  • In the mid-1990’s he represented an African-American customer at a Denny’s restaurant who was accosted and held at gunpoint by a security guard known by management to have engaged in racist conduct.
  • In the early 1990’s he represented a class of textile workers whose ERISA-regulated stock ownership plan was sold company stock at more than four times its market value.
  • In the late 1980’s, as a law student intern, he spearheaded a suit that ultimately invalidated a federal Medicaid regulation affecting thousands of disabled children throughout Connecticut.

Prior to joining Dow Golub Remels & Gilbreath, Mr. Golub operated the Law Office of Andrew S. Golub, P.C. Before starting that firm, Mr. Golub was a partner with Ahmad & Zavitsanos, P.C., an employment litigation boutique. From 1991 until 1995, Mr. Golub was an associate with Susman Godfrey, LLP, a nationally-known commercial litigation firm.