Vianei L. Braun

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Dedicated to Representing Employers

  • Vianei handles employment law matters for clients in a wide variety of industries and sectors, including:

    • Health Care
    • Financial Services / Banking
    • Energy
    • Manufacturing
    • Construction
    • Logistics
    • Insurance
    • Educational Institutions
    • Public Entities
    • Nonprofit Organizations
Risk Management
  • For her clients who do not have in-house counsel, Vianei serves as outside general counsel and helps to find practical solutions to all of the client’s legal needs and risks.


Ms. Braun has been representing employers for more than 25 years, providing practical advice on employment law compliance and avoiding litigation.  Vianei’s diverse experience includes representing large publicly traded companies, governmental entities, small to mid-sized businesses as well as individual professionals and executives. In addition to defending employers in litigation and arbitration matters, Vianei handles administrative matters involving the EEOC, TWC, DOL, OFCCP, NLRB and other federal and state agencies. She also reviews and updates employer policies and procedures, provides customized management and employee training programs, and provides advice and counsel on personnel matters and litigation avoidance.

Vianei is licensed in Texas, having graduated from University of Texas School of Law.  At age 19, she was the youngest female ever to graduate Princeton University.

Vianei is an author and frequent speaker on employment law issues, and was a contributing author to the treatise Texas Employment Law (James Publishing) and the book Texas School Law: A Practical Guide (Education Law Association).

Vianei previously practiced law in Houston and in Abilene, and moved to Fort Worth in 2015 when her husband Jason joined the SEC as an Enforcement Attorney.

  • Education

    Princeton University (A.B. 1988)

    University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 1991)

  • Courts

    Supreme Court of Texas (1991)

    U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1991)

    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (1992)

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (1995)

    U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (1995)

    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas (2010)

  • Awards & Recognitions

    Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Names Vianei Braun Among Top Fort Worth Latino Leaders (2023)

    Top 400 Most Influential People in Fort Worth by Fort Worth Inc. (2021-2022)

    Best Lawyers in America (2021 – present)

    Super Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law, Thomson Reuters (2003-2014, 2019 – present)

    Great Woman of Texas, Fort Worth Business Press (2018)

    Top Attorney, Labor & Employment Law, Fort Worth Texas Magazine (2019 – present)

    Top Attorney, Labor & Employment Law, 360 West Magazine (2017-2021)

    Top Lawyer, Labor & Employment Law, H Texas Magazine (2014-2015)

    Top Lawyer, Labor & Employment Law, Houstonia Magazine (2014-2015)

    Martindale-Hubbell, 5.0 Preeminent AV rating

    Presidential Citation for Service, State Bar of Texas (2004)

  • Community Involvement


    First Financial Bankshares (FFIN – NASDAQ)

    • Board of Directors (2020 -present)
    • Compensation Committee (2020 -present), Risk Committee (2022 – present)
    • Fort Worth Regional Advisory Board (2020 -present), Board Chair (2022 – present)


    Texas Health Resources

    • Board of Directors (2023-present)
    • Audit & Compliance Committee (2022 – present)


    Fort Worth Public Library Foundation

    • Board Chair (2020 -2021)
    • Board of Directors (2016 – 2021)


    Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth

    • Board Secretary (2018 – 2020)
    • Board of Directors (2017 – 2020)
    • Project Goodwill Committee (2016 -2020)


    Board Build

    • Board of Directors (2021 – 2023)
    • United Way of Tarrant County appointee
  • Recent Publications & Presentations
    • “Lessons Learned from the Pandemic,” 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, UT Law CLE, 2022.
    • “What does Constitutional Carry Mean for Your Business, ” Fort Worth, Inc., 2021
    • “What Employers Can Expect From President Biden,” Fort Worth, Inc., 2021
    • “Your Employees and COVID-19 – What Now?,” Fort Worth, Inc., 2021
    • “How to Deal With Inappropriate Conduct in the Workplace,” Texas Bar CLE Advanced Employment Law Course, 2021
    • “Ethical Issues in Witness Preparation,” Texas Bar CLE Advanced Employment Law Course, 2020
    • “Offer Multiple Avenues for Reporting Harassment,” Oral interview in Texas Monthly,
    • “Arbitration Agreements: An Epic Idea for Employers?” Article in Fort Worth Business Press
    • “Legal Workshop – Employment Law,” (co-presenter with Cynthia Hill), Big Country Society for Human Resource Management, September 18, 2018, Abilene, TX
    •  “Employment Law Update,” Texas Bankers Association HR & Operations Conference, August 9, 2018, Bastrop, TX
    • “Arbitration Agreements After Epic Systems v Lewis,” (co-presenter with Mark Shank and Margie Harris), TexasBarCLE webcast, July 2, 2018
    • “Legal Issues in the Onboarding Process,” 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, UT Law CLE, May 11, 2018, Austin, TX
    • “EEOC: Investigations and Enforcement in 2018,” The Knowledge Group webcast, May 9, 2018.
    • “Resolving Workplace Conflicts,” (co-presenter with David T. Lopez), TexasBarCLE Advanced Employment Law Course, January 18, 2018, Dallas, TX
    • “Employment Law for the Business Trial Lawyer,” TexasBarCLE Business Disputes Course, 2017, Austin, TX
    • “Employment Law for Managers,” Texas Business Conference, Texas Workforce Commission, 2017, Arlington, TX
    • “Essential Employment Law Course,” (co-presenter of full-day seminar with Connie Cornell), UT Law CLE, 2017, Austin, TX
    • “Employment Law in the Age of Trump,” Lubbock Society for Human Resource Management, 2017, Lubbock, TX
    • “FLSA Compliance Issues,” TexasBarCLE Advanced Employment Law Course, January 20, 2017, Dallas, TX
    • “Ethical Issues in Witness Preparation,” (co-presenter with Judge Melody Wilkinson and JoAnn Merica), TexasBarCLE Webcast, August 30, 2016, Austin, TX
Attorney Vianei L Braun Vianei, with her husband Jason, showing off a vintage purse hand painted by one of her clients.