Javier Perez is a Board Certified Labor & Employment litigator and partner at the Dallas employment litigation boutique Scott | Perez LLP. Javier represents people in employment disputes and does so vigorously, passionately, and resourcefully.
Speaking fluent Spanish, Javier represents people from all walks of life, including many in the Latino community. Having seen discrimination first hand, Mr. Perez firmly believes in our justice system as a great equalizer that everyone, regardless of where they come from or the language they speak, must be able to access.
Javier has represented clients in all types of employment cases, including race/color discrimination, national origin discrimination, age discrimination, sex/gender discrimination, sexual harassment, religious discrimination, disability discrimination, Sabine Pilot claims, as well as violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Mr. Perez also represents many employees in claims for unpaid wages and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and related claims.
Javier’s passion for his clients comes from his long family legacy of appreciating the dignity and purpose of working. Going back generations, taking pride in one’s labor and the importance of work was held up as an important family value. Having worked her entire life in Mexico and across the United States, Javier’s grandmother famously imparted to her family, “Cuida el trabajo. no todos tienen el privilegio y la oportunidad,” which means “Take care of your work. Not everyone has the privilege and opportunity.” At the same time, she was sure to caution, “Hay mayordomos que se aprovechan. Hay que tener cuidado con esos,” which means “There are those in charge who will take advantage of you. You have to be careful with them.”
Javier’s parents went from working in the cotton fields to achieving doctoral degrees and instilled in him the crucial importance of justice and the right we all have to fairness, dignity, and opportunity. They stressed the value of getting your education, but just as much, the importance of putting it to work for others.
Taking this to heart, Javier has devoted himself to public service in a variety of capacities. He has served on the board of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) for many years, most recently as President in 2019 and again as President-Elect in 2020. During his first presidential term, Javier led the creation of the DHBA’s first Judicial Diversity Committee and, in celebration of the organization’s 50th Anniversary, the DHBA hosted former President of Mexico Vicente Fox. Javier previously received the DHBA’s Estrella award, which is given to an up-and-coming leader committed to service.
Mr. Perez has continue to serve in several leadership roles, including as an Adjunct Member of the City of Dallas Civil Service Board, having been appointed by the Dallas City Council, as well as on the Diversity Committee of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors. Javier was also nominated and elected as a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an elite state-wide distinction recognizing his dedication to the administration of justice and professional standing among his peers.
As Javier has excelled in representing his clients and the community, his significant contributions have been recognized in Super Lawyers magazine, where he has been named a Rising Star for several years running. Javier was also selected to and completed a fellowship with the Latino Center for Leadership Development and has been repeatedly named a Top Latino Lawyer nationally by Latino Leaders magazine.
Originally hailing from Austin, Texas, Javier and his wife Caelie live in Oak Cliff with their son Leo (4) and rescue dog, Molly.