Richard Levy

Rick Levy has represented working people in the courtroom, in administrative proceedings and before the Texas legislature for the past 26 years. He began his legal career in 1984 in Tyler, Texas with the firm of Daves, McCabe & Hahn practicing employment and civil rights law, becoming a partner in that firm shortly thereafter. He moved to Austin in 1985 and continued practicing with the same firm, then known as Daves, Hahn & Levy.

In 1990, Rick began working for the Texas AFL-CIO as its Legal and Education Director, a position he continues to hold. In that capacity, he handles the legal affairs of the organization and serves as a key lobbyist on matters affecting working people in the Texas legislature. He has also developed and delivered training on laws relating to the workplace to thousands of workers across the state. In addition to his continuing work representing the Texas AFL-CIO, Rick represents a broad array of other trade unions in both legal and legislative matters.

In 2000, Rick joined with Craig Deats to form the firm of Deats and Levy, representing workers and unions across Texas. In 2005, the firm merged with the firm of Wiseman, Durst, & Owen, P.C., creating the current firm of Deats Durst Owen & Levy, P.L.L.C.

Rick was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1984 and is admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, U.S. District Court, Southern Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. He attended college at Stanford University (B.A., 1978) and got his law degree from Northeastern University (J.D., 1984). He is a member and has served on the Advisory Board of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (1993-97). He is a member of the State of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section, and served on the board of that organization from 1999-2005. He has been a long time member of the National Lawyers Guild (Labor and Employment Committee; Chair, AIDS Law Network, 1985-93).

Rick was born in St. Louis, Missouri and is married to Lynn Rubinett with whom he has three children, Rose, Isaac, and Jesse. Despite the prevailing conservative political winds in Texas and an often hostile world of Astros and Rangers’ fans, Rick has remained steadfast and true to the pursuit of workplace justice and to the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals.

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