Jennette E. DePonte, Partner at McCathern, has an extensive litigation and trial background, having tried numerous cases in state and federal courts in Texas. Her practice focuses on litigation involving employer-employee relations. Specifically, she has litigated tort and non-subscriber claims, employment-related torts, ERISA claims, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, wage and hour claims and collective actions, and civil rights claims under state and federal law.
Jenny has defended national and regional employers in a wide range of employment-related issues, represented employers before numerous federal and state agencies, and handled trials and appeals in federal and state courts. Recently, she achieved a major arbitration victory for a large, global retail client. Jenny also provides clients with general advice and counseling on a variety of employment and human resources matters.
Jenny attained Board Certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) in Labor and Employment Law in 2007 and in Civil Trial Law in 2012. This double Board Certification earns her a spot among only 25 of the approximately 98,000 attorneys licensed in the State of Texas who are Board Certified in both areas. Jenny is licensed to practice law before all Texas state Courts and admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.
Jenny earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. She received her law degree from the South Texas College of Law in 1996. Upon graduating law school, Jenny served as an Assistant Attorney General in the United States Virgin Islands as a prosecutor. After returning to the States, she accepted a position as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas in the Law Enforcement Defense Division, where she represented state law enforcement agencies and officials in employment and civil rights litigation and appeals. She began her private practice career in 2002 and moved to Dallas in 2005.
Jenny was named by D Magazine as a Dallas’ Best Lawyer for Labor & Employment Law in 2014, 2016, and 2017 and is an active member of the Dallas Bar Association (DBA). She also served on the legal panel for the 2015 Texas Alliance of Nonsubscribers (TAN) annual meeting to share her comprehensive industry knowledge with others.
Jenny was raised in Farmers Branch, Texas and has been married since 1994. She now resides with her husband and four children in The Colony, Texas.