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Durwood Crawford


Durwood D. Crawford has been Board Certified in Labor & Employment by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1975. He has broad experience as a litigator representing both employers and employees, including representing management in all forms of union related matters. He also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in employment disputes.

While much of his time is spent in litigation, his diverse experience helps him solve employment problems before they begin or helps in obtaining an early resolution.

Durwood has authored and produced several training films and training programs for managers, including a training film for Associated Builders and Contractors. He is also a frequent lecturer and has written numerous articles for the Texas Bar Journal, Prentice Hall, and other publications. He was named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers® (Thomson Reuters), as printed in Texas Monthly,  in the area of Employment Litigation.

Durwood served in active duty in the United States Air Force as a First Lieutenant.  He also served a year as President of the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce.

“AV” Pre-Eminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

Primary Areas of Practice

Employment & Labor
Mediation & Arbitration
All Contract Disputes
Trade Secrets & Non-Compete Agreements


Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Employment Litigation


Labor & Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, since 1975

Bar Admissions

All Texas Courts

Federal Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Law Review: Southwestern Law Journal, Editorial Board
Delta Theta Phi

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, B.A., Bachelor of Arts

Representative Publications

Sex Harassment, A Shield and A Sword, Texas Bar Journal, June, 1991

Preventing Union Organizing, 1987-1988

Business Acquisitions, Collective Bargaining Agreements and Employees Rights, Practicing Law
Institute, 2d edition, 1981

Proving Discrimination — a Light from the 5th Circuit

Representative Cases

Rachid v. Jack In The Box, Inc., 376 F.3d 305 (5th Cir. 2004)

Wakefield v. SWS Securities, Inc., 293 B.R 372 (N.D. Tex 2003)

Glagola v. N. Texas Mun. Water Dist., 705 F. Supp. 1220 (E.D. Tex. 1989)

Oil, Chem. & Atomic Workers Int’l Union Local No. 4-23 v. Am. Petrofina Co. of Texas, 820 F.2d 747 (5th Cir. 1987)

B., Inc. v. Miller Brewing Co., 663 F.2d 545 (5th Cir. 1981)

Texas Distributors, Inc. v. Local Union No. 100, United Ass’n of Journeymen & Apprentices of Plumbing & Pipefitting Indus. of U.S. & Canada, AFL-CIO, 598 F.2d 393 (5th Cir. 1979)

American Petrofina, Inc., 63 Lab. Arb. (BNA) 1300 (1975) (Marlatt, Arb.)

Liberty Sign Co. v. Newsom, 426 S.W.2d 210 (Tex. 1968)

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association