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Melinda H. Barlow

Employment Law Attorney

Arlington and Greater North Texas

Attorney Melinda H. Barlow has nearly thirty years of legal experience in North Texas. Leading the firm’s Employment Law practice, she understands the multifaceted issues that often accompany Employment Law matters and has spent much of her career defending public and private sector organizations in matters involving allegations of discrimination, violations of state and federal labor laws, internal investigations, and employment agreements involving non-compete clauses and independent contractors, to name a few. As a Partner at Harris Cook, Melinda focuses on offering counsel to business owners regarding up-to-date legal guidelines and advice to stay in compliance with Federal and State Employment Laws. 

Melinda is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and while she concentrates the majority of her practice in Employment Law, Melinda is well-versed in matters of Civil Litigation and she has represented many cities throughout North Texas in Municipal Law. Melinda is active in the Arlington community, having previously served in the Arlington City Attorney’s office, and currently serving as a Board Member of the Arlington Bar Association and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas (1992)
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. District Court: Western, Eastern, and Northern District of Texas


University of Texas at Arlington
Master of Public Administration, 2011

Baylor School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1992

Texas Tech Univsersity 
Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, 1988

Honors and Awards

-Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Associations and Memberships

-American Bar Association
-Tarrant County Bar Association
-State Bar of Texas
-International Municipal Law Fellow

Speeches & Publications
  • “FLSA Update and Surviving a DOL Audit” IMLA Teleconference, November 2016
  • “Procedural Justice and What Every Municipal Lawyer Should Know” Municipal Lawyer Magazine, September/October 2016
  • “Employer Privacy Issues in Internal Investigations” IMLA Teleconference, April 2014
  • “Practical E-discovery Advice in Personal Injury Cases” Essentials of E-Discovery, 2014
  • “iPads, Smartphones and Tablets…(Oh My!)” TML Conference, October 2012
  • “Social media and Your Case: From Pleadings to Closing”  Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Course, July 2012, published SBOT Texas Perspectives on E-Discovery, 2013
  • “The Emergency Exception to the Texas Tort Claims Act:  How Far Does it Go?” Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Course, July 2011
  • “Social networking and the Public Employee: The First and Fourth Amendments Meet Facebook”  Mississippi Municipal Lawyers Association CLE Seminar, June 2010
  • “Employee Privacy in the Public Sector” IMLA Midyear Conference, April 2010