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Fighting for justice & dignity in the workplace & in our communities.

IN TEXAS, WE WORK WITH THE BELIEF THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, as long as we have a level playing field and a chance to be judged on our merits. Yet there are times when the balance of power puts people at an unfair disadvantage. Justice requires balance, and balance often requires strategic advice, advocacy, and legal representation.

EVERYONE DESERVES THE RIGHT TO PURSUE THEIR DREAM. Many of our lawyers have been the recipients of numerous awards for their legal work on behalf of workers and their commitment to equal justice under the law. Learn more about how our firm and staff can help you pursue yours.


Established in 2005 with the merger of two long established labor and employment law firms, DDO provides a full range of legal services for our clients. We devote the majority of our time to five main areas:

We represent unions and their members throughout Texas before the courts, the National Labor Relations Board, arbitration panels, Civil Service and other federal, state and local administrative bodies. We provide legal services with a strong strategic planning component for unions who seek to organize workers or achieve other proactive results.

DDO represents individual employees – and classes of employees – in disputes involving all aspects of the employment relationship. We prosecute wrongful termination, discrimination, whistle blower, and free speech claims, as well as wage and hour claims, including overtime and FLSA matters and wrongful discharge claims.

Executive and Employee Employment Counsel
We also counsel and advise clients in the drafting and amending of their employment contracts and provide assistance in difficult employment relationships, including severance agreement negotiations. If necessary, we litigate on their behalf. We also advise and represent clients in litigation involving the legal effects and limitations on Covenants Not To Compete, and similar provisions that can affect their rights after they leave their current employment.

Civil Rights and Public Interest Litigation
DDO has a keen commitment to safeguarding the constitutional and statutory rights of the public from infringement by our government. We represent clients seeking to enforce the due process, free speech, and other protections found both in the Texas and U.S. Constitutions as well as those seeking to insure access to information under the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Texas Open Records Act and other federal and Texas statutes.

Legislative Advocacy
DDO has effectively represented numerous unions and other organizations in achieving their goals through the legislative process. Whether drafting legislation, lobbying at the state capitol, crafting municipal ordinances or ballot initiatives, DDO attorneys work to provide strategic services to clients wanting to make a difference.

Appellate and Civil Trial Practice
The lawyers at DDO engage in a wide variety of civil litigation on behalf of our clients, having represented clients at all levels of the judicial system.


Martha P. Owen

Matt Bachop

Manuel Quinto-Pozos

Sarai K. King


Abby Marin

Deats Durst & Owen PLLC

  • 8140 N. Mopac Expy., Suite IV-250
    Austin, TX 78759
    PHONE: 512.474.6200
    FAX: 512.474.7896