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Jim Sanford

• Jim is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

• SuperLawyers.com, a Thomson Reuters service, rated Jim as a "Super Lawyer" from 2014 to 2021 and before that as a "Rising Star" from 2009 to 2012.

A founding partner of Gillespie Sanford LLP, Jim counsels and advocates for clients in the area of labor and employment law.  Before founding Gillespie Sanford LLP with Joe Gillespie in 2013, Jim spent the first eight years of his career with the stalwart labor and employment firm of Gillespie, Rozen & Watsky, P.C. His practice focuses on, among others, minimum wage and overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), discrimination claims under state and federal civil rights laws (e.g., Title VII, ADEA, ADA), sexual harassment complaints and workplace investigations, whistleblower and retaliation claims on behalf those who speak up about unlawful working conditions, and claims arising out of employment contracts. He also represents union clients on labor and labor arbitration matters. Jim has fought and prevailed for clients in state and federal court, on appeal, and before federal and state agencies.


Emory University (B.A.), University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors)

Texas Board of Legal Specialization:

Board Certified in Labor and Employment law.

Admitted in:

Texas State Bar: 2005

Northern District of Texas

Western District of Texas

Eastern District of Texas

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section

National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

Texas Employment Lawyers Association (TELA)

Dallas-Fort Worth National Employment Lawyers Association (DFW-NELA)

4803 Gaston Ave., Dallas, Texas 75246

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