Carla Cotropia

3 Riverway, Suite 670
Houston, Texas 77056
Main: 713.225.0547
Fax: 866.674.7808
Direct: 713.571.4204
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Baylor University (J.D. 1980)
  • Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization – Labor and Employment Law
  • ADR Provider for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Employment law neutral for the American Arbitration Association
  • Frequent Public Speaker for Organizations and State Bar on Employment Law
  • Texas Super Lawyer 2004 – 2010, 2013 – 2017
  • One of Houston's Top Lawyers for the People 2006 – H Texas Magazine
  • AV Rated
  • Texas Top Lawyers 2014, 2015
  • Member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators


  • 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training; A. A. White Dispute Resolution Institute at the University of Houston, C. T. Bauer College of Business
  • Arbitrator I Workshop; Department of Neutrals' Education and Development with the American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator II Advance Case Management Training Workshop; Department of Neutrals' Education and Development with the American Arbitration Association
  • 2012 AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference; American Arbitration Association


I have been mediating since 2000. I specialize in employment law, school law, civil rights, governmental law cases, non-competes, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour, ERISA litigation, trade secrets, workers comp retaliation and business disputes.


Please contact me or my assistant, Brandy Odom at 713.571.4209 to schedule mediation.


$1,800 per day per party (Full Day)
$1,300 per party (Half Day)


  • Topic: "The Use of Summary Judgments in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Cases." State Bar of Texas, Austin and San Antonio, 1985.
  • Topic: "The Varying Perspectives on City Curfews of Minors - Constitutionality of Non-Emergency Curfews Under the United States Constitution." Semi-Annual Conference hosted by the Texas City Attorneys Association, June 11-12, 1992.
  • Topic: "Executive Director/Staff - Working With Legal Counsel." Conference hosted by the Tarrant County MHMR Services and the Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers, Inc., June 25, 1992.
  • Topic: "Sexual Harassment." Claims Day sponsored by The St. Paul Insurance Company, August 13, 1992.
  • Topic: "What You Absolutely Can and Cannot Do: The Legal Aspect of the ADA." Seminar sponsored by St. Mary's Hospital, October 29, 1992.
  • Topic: "How to Avoid Litigation." Seminar hosted by Housing Authority Insurance for Public Housing Authorities, Houston, Texas, September 28, 1993.
  • Topic: "Emotional Torts in the Workplace." Texas Association of Defense Counsel Spring Meeting, Hawaii, April 27, 1994.
  • Topic: "Update on Texas Cases Affecting Governmental Bodies." Texas Municipal League Attorney Workshop, Austin, Texas, August 19, 1994.
  • Topic: "Public Law Update." Annual Labor and Employment Law Update, State Bar of Texas, El Paso, Texas, March 25, 1995.
  • Topic: "Sexual Harassment and Work Place Damage Claims." Texas Association of Defense Counsel Spring Meeting, Houston, Texas, May 4, 1995.
  • Topic: "Employer's Liability." 11th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, July 19, 1995.
  • Topic: "Governmental Liability." Galveston County Bar Association, Attorney Ad Litem Seminar, Galveston, Texas, August 17, 1995.
  • Topic: "Confidentiality Issues." Coastal Area Health Education Center Second Annual Family Violence Conference, College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas, March 8, 1996.
  • Topic: "Employee Status Issues." Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Spring Meeting, Seattle, Washington, April 25, 1996.
  • Topic: "Employment Retaliation Litigation: An Overview." Suing and Defending Governmental Entities, Doubletree Hotel, Houston, Texas, May 14-15, 1998.
  • Topic: "Sexual Harassment Training for Faculty Members and Staff." Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas, August 19, 1998.
  • Topic: "Sexual Harassment." Texas Council Risk Management Fund, " Managing Risks Related to Employment," Le Meridien Hotel, Dallas, Texas, March 30, 1999.
  • Topic: "Sexual Harassment." Texas Council Risk Management Fund, " Managing Risks Related to Employment," The Warwick Hotel, Houston, Texas, March 14, 2000.
  • Topic: "Jury Selection in the New Millennium." Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 2000 Spring Meeting, San Diego, California, April 5-9, 2000.
  • Topic: "Sexual Harassment Issues." Texas Council Risk Management Fund, The Fairmont Hotel, Dallas, Texas, March 27, 2001.
  • Topic: "Investigating Allegations of Sexual Harassment." Texas Council Risk Management Fund, The Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, March 26, 2002.
  • Topic: "Choosing and Courting a Jury 2002: The Focus Group – How it Can Aid in Choosing Your Jury – Defendant's Perspective." State Bar of Texas, Radisson Hotel Astrodome, Houston, Texas, April 26, 2002.
  • Topic: "How Your Housing Authority can be Sued for Sexual Harassment and What You Can Do to Prevent It." Housing Authority Defense Attorneys – June Program, Denver, Colorado, June 26, 2002.
  • Topic: "How to Lawfully Conduct an Internal Investigation." Sterling Education Services, Marriott Hotel, Houston, Texas, August 6, 2002.
  • Topic: "Office Protocol vs. Practice: Where It Can Land You is Not Where You Want To Be and Top Ten Tips of Preventing Bad Behavior with Examples of X and R Rated Behavior From Various States." HADA – June Program, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, June 18, 2003.
  • Topic: "Managing Another Kind of Risk: Personnel Issues – What You And Your Company Can Do To Prevent Lawsuits For Sexual Harassment." CNA Risk Management Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, November 13, 2003.
    Topic: "Update on Sexual Harassment." Housing Authority Defense Attorneys – June Program, Washington D.C., June 22, 2005.
  • Topic: "Job Order Contracts: What We Know and What We Don't Know." 8th Annual Texas Association of Community College Attorneys Conference, Austin, Texas, January 27, 2006.
  • Topic: "Workplace Ethics and Liabilities." 2006 Texas Association of Defense Counsel Fall Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 27-October 1, 2006.
  • Topic: "What Works In Arbitration and Mediation From An Arbitrator's And Mediator's Perspective." Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas, June 4, 2010.
  • Topic: "Mediation Tactics and Strategy" 26th Annual Employment Law Conference on July 25, 2013 – July 26, 2013.
  • Topic: "Using Jury Consultants for Employment Cases" HBA Labor & Employment Law Luncheon meeting on November 11, 2013.
  • Topic: "Employment Mediations: Beyond Insults and Impasse" HBA Labor & Employment Law Luncheon meeting on September 12, 2016.


  1. Helene Willson and Arlynra Edward v. John W. Shannon, Secretary of the Army. Reported at 857 F. Supp. 34. (Discrimination case.)
  2. Beth Spiller, et al. v. Ella Smithers Geriatric Center. Reported at 919 F.2d 339. (Discrimination case.)
  3. Ronald L. Fee, et al. v. Joseph Milton Herndon and Dickinson Independent School District. Reported at 900 F.2d 804. (Civil rights violation.)
  4. Ronald L. Fee, et al. v. Joseph Milton Herndon. Reported at 837 S.W.2d 834. (Excessive force case.)
  5. Robert G. McAdams v. Matagorda County Appraisal District. Reported at 798 F.2d 842. (Discrimination case.)
  6. Bobbye Kitchener v. T. C. Trailers, Inc. Reported at 715 F. Supp. 798. (Deceptive Trade Practices Act.)
  7. David O'Quinn, et al. v. Chambers County, Texas, et al. Reported at 650 F. Supp. 25. (Fair Labor Standards Act.)
  8. David O'Quinn, et al. v. Chambers County, Texas, et al. Reported at 672 F. Supp. 279. (Fair Labor Standards Act.)
  9. David O'Quinn, et al. v. Chambers County, Texas, et al. Reported at 636 F. Supp. 1388. (Fair Labor Standards Act.)
  10. Deanna K. Benton v. The Kroger Co. Reported at 640 F. Supp. 1317. (Discrimination case.)
  11. Sally Ann Ross Fields, et al. v. The City of Texas City and John Quinn. Reported at 864 S.W.2d 66. (Alleged wrongful taking by governmental body.)
  12. Robert J. Batson v. Honorable John D. Rainey. Reported at 762 S.W.2d 717. (Wrongful termination.)
  13. Board of Directors of By the Sea Council of Co-Owners, Inc. v. Melvin Sondock, et ux. Reported at 644 S.W.2d 774. (Property dispute).
  14. Dorothy J. Fine v. GAF Chemical Corporation, et al. Reported at 995 F.2d 576. (Gender discrimination.)
  15. Texas Peace Officers Association, et al. v. City of Galveston, Texas. Reported at 944 F. Supp. 562. Issue: (Racial discrimination.)
  16. Rebecca Duke Winchester v. Galveston Yacht Basin. Reported at 943 F. Supp. 776. (Sexual harassment.)
  17. Lulac Councils 4433 & 4436, et al. v. City of Galveston. Reported at 979 F. Supp. 514. (Racial discrimination.)
  18. Islander East Rental Program, et al. v. Bill Ferguson, et al. Reported at 917 F. Supp. 504. (Property dispute.)
  19. Gulf States Utilities Company v. County of Chambers, et al. Reported at 911 S.W.2d 888. (Indemnity.)

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