In the morning, attorneys Dustin Paschal, John Hagan, and Michael DePonte who will be speaking on various HR legal issues. After lunch, you will be treated to an exciting interactive mock trial you won't want to miss. 

6 Re-certification credits for HRCI/SHRM waiting approval.


$125 - NTXSHRM Members

$150 - SHRM or Other Chapter Members

$175 - Non-Member

Speakers and Presentations



John Hagan - Managing Attorney, Hagan Law Group

John P. Hagan is an HR attorney who practices nationwide employment law from his office in Allen, Texas and is Board Certified in Texas Labor and Employment Law. He is ranked by his peers to be in the top 5% of all lawyers in Texas and is an award-winning author for the College of the State Bar. Mr. Hagan has written on many employment law issues, including damages, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Mr. Hagan has co-authored the Employment Law Handbook - Texas (Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce) and Texas Employment Law for James Publishing.

Mr. Hagan and his firm represent a wide range of companies of all sizes and in all industries. His specialty is counselling companies using best practices and preventative HR resulting in less litigation. He has served as President for both DallasHR and Mid-Cities HRA. He served on committees for Collin County HR Association. Mr. Hagan has been named consistently as a Texas Super Lawyer (┬ęThomson Reuters) from 2010 – 2021.


Presentation Topic: The Top 5 Legal Mistakes that an HR Professional Can Make 


Dustin Paschal - Partner at Simon | Paschal PLLC

As a founding member of Simon | Paschal PLLC, a boutique employment law firm in Frisco, Texas, Dustin maintains an active employment law practice.  If it’s an HR related issue, Dustin likely handles it for his clients.  Dustin is a former President of DallasHR and is currently serving as the Board Chair on DallasHR’s overall governing body.  Dustin also serves as the District 1 Director for Texas SHRM and previously served as one of its Legal & Legislative Directors.  Dustin likes HR so much, he married an HR professional!  When Dustin isn’t working, he is trying to keep up with an active three year old son or enjoying a nice cocktail poolside with his wife!

Presentation Topic: Accommodations in a Post-Covid World

Michael Deponte - Principal and Office Litigation Manager at Jackson Lewis

Michael J. DePonte is a Principal in, and the Litigation Manager for, the Dallas, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Board Certified in both Labor and Employment Law, as well as Civil Trial Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Of the approximately 90,000 attorneys that are licensed in the State of Texas, only 29 are Board Certified in both of these areas.

Mr. DePonte has extensive litigation and trial background having tried numerous cases in state and federal courts in Texas. Mr. DePonte’s practice focuses on advice and counseling and the litigation of employment claims – including wage and hour issues, class and collective actions, and civil rights claims under state and federal law.  Mr. DePonte has defended national and regional employers on a broad range of employment-related issues.  He has represented employers before numerous federal and state agencies, and has handled trials and appeals in federal and state courts.

Mr. DePonte also provides his clients with general advice and counseling on a broad range of employment and labor issues, prepares and presents training seminars to clients, and has prepared materials for and presented lectures at multiple employment law seminars and human resources workshops.  He has presented to organizations across Texas and New Mexico and in 2020 he was inducted to the HR Southwest Conference Speaker Hall of Fame.

Presentation Topic: Hiring in the digital age. Is new always better?

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Friday, September 17, 2021




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