Union Representation Attorney
Union labor attorney Michael E. Shelton, who worked in the oilfields at 16, knows firsthand how crucial unions are to a fair workplace.
A lawyer, union general counsel, and journeyman pipefitter, he brings a rich understanding of union-management relations to the table.
Let his experience holding big companies accountable give your Houston, TX, union a forceful voice in shaping the workplace.
The Shelton Law Firm Based in Houston With a Nationwide Reach
Michael Shelton is a rare find, a highly rated lawyer who understands the complexities that surround union-management relations and a journeyman pipefitter who has walked in workers' boots.
He has 40-plus years of experience as a lawyer and is general counsel for the Texas State Building & Construction Trades Council (AFL-CIO) and the Dallas Building Trades Council.
But he also grew up in a blue-collar family that didn’t have much money. He knows what workers face when they get hurt and can’t go back to work. At times like these, union benefits are what keep these families going.
At The Shelton Law Firm, we’ve spent decades defending workers and understand the crucial role labor unions have in fighting for a fair and safe workplace. Mr. Shelton has experience working with state and local unions, a deep understanding of employment laws, and courtroom experience in making big business answerable to workers. He also has spent countless nights sitting at the kitchen table with workers documenting working conditions and unfair labor practices.
"I'm not just a lawyer. I also carry a journeyman's card."
Benefit From Knowledgeable, Aggressive Representation
All union members deserve committed, experienced, and effective representation from an attorney who understands the intricacies of labor unions and what it takes to provide them with quality legal assistance.
The Shelton Law Firm in Houston can provide support for unions and individual employees in a variety of cases such as grievance arbitrations, contract negotiation, and collective bargaining. As part of his Houston practice, he has extensive experience in work-related litigation and also understands the finer points of employment law.
As general counsel for union trades councils, attorney Michael Shelton understands the complex workings of unions and has the negotiation skills needed for collective bargaining. His years representing workers in the trades have created an invaluable network of contacts in both business and unions. Whether your union is dealing with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) or facing lawyered-up employers, Mr. Shelton can provide the legal representation needed to defend or expand union and worker rights.
Michael Shelton knows what a working man goes through because he's been one. He brings more than legal expertise to worker issues — he also brings his blue-collar background. Whether he’s fighting for union benefits, opposing wrongful termination, or defending retirement benefits and unemployment claims, he understands what these fights mean to individual employees and their families.
Looking for an Experienced Union Lawyer? Request a Consultation
As general counsel for both the Texas and Dallas building trades councils, attorney Michael Shelton is well-versed in union law, from collective bargaining to grievance arbitrations. He understands the employees’ point of view well as the complexities that surround union agreements and the collective bargaining process.
He also has experience dealing with big businesses like Chevron and understands what it takes to be successful in defending workers against deep-pocketed employers.
His years as a workplace injury lawyer in Houston, TX, make his union work personal. He has seen the result of workplace injuries and lost livelihoods and understands that union members need legal representation that is proactive and tough.
"...At The Shelton Law Firm, we’ve spent decades defending workers and understand the crucial role labor unions have in fighting for a fair and safe workplace. Mr. Shelton has experience working with state and local unions, a deep understanding of employment laws, and courtroom experience in making big business answerable to workers. He also has spent countless nights sitting at the kitchen table with workers documenting working conditions and unfair labor practices..."
Choose a Union Lawyer with a Tough Pedigree
Michael Shelton offers the roll-up-your-sleeves, gritty pedigree unions want in an attorney representing the trades against adversarial employers. Moving from the oil fields to a Houston legal practice, he's a lawyer that is highly skilled at negotiation, understands unions and employment law, and is comfortable in big arenas that impact unions and their members. He is admitted to the bar in Texas and Louisiana as well as:
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas
Although Mr. Shelton is based in Houston, he has more than four decades of experience in complex personal injury litigation in Texas, Louisiana, and across the country, including: