Diana Macias Valdez represents businesses in all aspects of labor and employment law in a wide range of industries, including private businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental entities. Her practice focuses on day-to-day, preventative counseling and advising to employers on a wide range of employment matters, including preparation of employment agreements and policies, advice every aspect of the employment relationship, including without limitation, hiring issues, wage and hour issues, employee benefits, workplace accidents, disability accommodation analysis, leave issues, discrimination and harassment complaints, employee grievances, discipline and terminations, as well as assistance with internal investigations, governmental compliance and training on a wide range of employment-related issues.
Ms. Valdez also advises businesses in general business matters, including entity formations, commercial real estate transactions, and contractual matters. She has extensive experience assisting start-up companies, local businesses, and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Valdez frequently advises professional employees and associations on contractual matters, including advice and preparation of employment agreements, independent contractor agreements and non-competition agreements.
She has extensive experience in handling litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, United States Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission.
She has successfully defended employers in litigation involving claims of race, sex, age, religious, national origin, and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and contractual claims.
Ms. Valdez was named a “Texas Super Lawyer” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. She was also named a “Texas Rising Star” in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 by the publishers of Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine. Ms. Valdez was selected as the “Boss of the Year” by the El Paso County Legal Support Association in 2010 and 2020.
A native El Pasoan, Ms. Valdez has extensive ties to the El Paso community and surrounding region. Ms. Valdez is a graduate of Austin High School, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the UTEP Law School Preparation Institute. She was recognized as an Outstanding Graduating Senior for the University of Texas at El Paso College of Liberal Arts in 1999. She was selected as the recipient of the Hershell L. Barnes Ambassador Award by the Texas Tech University School of Law in 2016 for her outstanding service to the Texas Tech School of Law and the general community.
Ms. Valdez is actively involved in the local community and frequently provides pro bono legal services to a number of local non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Charitable Foundation of El Paso, Texas Tech Law School Foundation, Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center and the Boy Scout’s of America Yucca Council.
Ms. Valdez is currently a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, El Paso Bar Association, and the El Paso Women’s Bar Association, where she served as President in 2008 and 2016. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the El Paso Bar Association.
Ms. Valdez is a member of the George A. McAlmon American Inn of Court, an organization comprised of attorneys and members of the local state and federal judiciary who are committed to fostering excellence in professionalism, ethics, and legal skills in the practice of law. She was awarded the President’s Award in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in recognition for her service to the George A. McAlmon American Inn of Court and currently serves on its Executive Committee.