Francisco J. Caycedo | Partner
For more than 10 years, Francisco J. Caycedo has represented individuals and companies of all sizes before administrative agencies, in arbitration, and in state and federal courts throughout Texas and across the United States. His experience includes both prosecuting and defending harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other employment related claims brought under a variety of laws, including:
- The Texas Labor Code;
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII);
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA);
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA);
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA);
- The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA);
- The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA);
- Texas workers’ compensation law
Mr. Caycedo’s litigation experience also includes serving as staff counsel for Farmers Insurance where his practice focused on personal injury and commercial litigation. During this time, he was actively involved in all aspects of civil litigation, including serving as lead counsel in several bench and jury trials. Over the years, Mr. Caycedo has represented clients in a variety civil litigation matters outside the employment law setting, including construction, premises liability, products liability, and insurance litigation.
Mr. Caycedo is fluent in Spanish and can assist clients who prefer to communicate in Spanish.
In 1998, Mr. Caycedo earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin. He later attended South Texas College of Law, where he received a Juris Doctorate. During law school, he served as Articles Editor for South Texas Law Review. He also was involved in the South Texas College of Law’s Advocacy Program, and belonged to the Order of the Lytae, Dean’s List and Phi Delta Phi.
Mr. Caycedo was admitted to practice law in State of Texas in 2003. He is also admitted to practice in the following federal courts:
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas;
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas;
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas;
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; and
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.
In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Caycedo was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters. In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Caycedo was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters.
EXAMPLES OF MR. CAYCEDO’S PRESENTATIONS:
EXAMPLES OF MR. CAYCEDO’S REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE:
- Recovering 100% of all plaintiffs’ unpaid overtime wages in a seven-year long collective action lawsuit against O’Connor & Associates, the largest property tax consulting firm in the United States. The 11 plaintiffs who took the case to trial were residential property tax consultants, and the Court found that all 11 were misclassified as exempt and unlawfully denied overtime pay. Pursuant to the judgment from United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Magistrate Judge Stacy, Houston Division), the company and its owners Patrick O’Connor and Kathleen O’Connor were found jointly and severally liable for all unpaid overtime wages plus attorney’s fees, case costs and expenses and interest. The total is expected to exceed over $1,000,000. (Monique Fraser, et al. v. O’Connor & Associates, et al., Cause No. 4:11-cv-03890)
- Obtaining a unanimous jury verdict in favor of Galveston County, Texas in a Title VII retaliation lawsuit. Plaintiff alleged sexual harassment, sex discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Judgment rendered that Plaintiff take nothing and pay court costs. (Tomasa Duran v. Galveston County, Texas; Cause No. 3:14-cv-00186)