Charles A. Sturm

Charles A. Sturm

Houston, Texas

Charles A. Sturm, founding partner of Sturm Law PLLC, is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Charles represents major companies, executives, and employees in all types of employment litigation.  He has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer," a Thomson Reuters Service printed in Texas Monthly magazine, every year since 2017.  

Areas of Practice

  • Employment - Employer and Employee
  • Business Litigation
  • Trademarks
  • Discrimination, Retaliation & Harassment
  • Wage & Hour Disputes

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Labor & Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization


University of Texas--Bachelor of Business Administration, with Honors, McCombs School of Business, 1994

University of Houston Law Center--Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals--9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals--5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court--Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S District Court--District of Colorado
  • U.S District Court--Eastern District of Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized as a Texas "Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly magazine -- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Recognized as a Texas "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly magazine -- 2004, 2005, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court

Selected Presentations

Hottest Topics in Employment Law for 2019, “Anti-SLAPP/Trade Secrets/Non-Compete Litigation: Where We Stand,” (Moderator of panel with Joseph Ahmad, AZA, Hon. R.K. Sandill, 127th Civil District Court), Houston, TX, May 2019.

Hottest Topics in Employment Law for 2018, (Moderator of panel with Hon. Mike Engelhart, 151st Civil District Court, and Hon. A. Smoots-Thomas, 164th Civil District Court), Houston, TX, June 2018. 

"SLAPP Your Opponents (And Save Your Clients Lots Of Money) By Learning About The Texas Anti-SLAPP Act, The Most Useful New Tool In The Employment Lawyer’s Toolkit," State Bar of Texas, Austin, TX, October 2018.

“SLAPP-Happy Litigation - Emerging Application of the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act,” Panelist with Scott Fiddler and Andrew Reed, Fiddler & Associates, PC,  Houston Bar Association, September 2018.

“FLSA Litigation: Perspectives from the Plaintiffs’ Bar,” (Panelist with Melissa Moore, Moore & Associates, Lawrence Morales II, The Morales Firm, P.C., Moderated by Dennis Clifford, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP), Houston Bar Association, October 10, 2016.

“How Juries Approach Employment Cases,” (Moderator for panel including Hon. R.K. Sandill, 127th Civil District Court and Hon. Alexandra Smoots-Hogan, 164th Civil District Court), FALLING OIL PRICES AND THE FUTURE OF EMPLOYMENT LAW IN HOUSTON CLE, Houston, TX, April 2015.

“Texas Non-Compete Agreements,” Houston Bar Association, January 12, 2012. 

“A Take On Unfair Competition: An Examination of TROs and TIs,” State Bar of Texas, 19th ANNUAL ADVANCED EMPLOYMENT LAW COURSE, January 13- 14, 2011, Austin.