Richard L. Clifton, Jr. and Laura C. Emadi Promoted to Counsel

Schmoyer Reinhard is pleased to announce Richard L. Clifton, Jr. and Laura C. Emadi have been promoted to counsel. Both Richard and Laura’s practices encompass handling all aspects of employment law in state and federal courts.

Richard obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern Methodist University in 2009. He obtained a scholarship to attend the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 2016. After graduating from law school in 2016, Richard worked for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office on a trial team prosecuting felony sex crimes. Richard served the Texas Senate during the 2017 session in the Senate Research Center, providing confidential research at the request of senators from both parties and submitting synopses of bills to the senate body for use during floor debates. At the end of the session, Richard was hired as a staff attorney to the Honorable Yvonne T. Rodriguez, Justice for the Eighth Court of Appeals of Texas, where he served for two years performing advanced appellate work and drafting opinions and legal memoranda. Richard subsequently served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry J. Bemporad of the Western District of Texas, and to the Honorable D. Gordon Bryant of the Northern District of Texas where he worked on all aspects of pretrial litigation in civil cases, including motions to dismiss and summary judgment.

Laura received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 2011. After graduation she moved to San Antonio, where she spent three years teaching middle school and high school math at a disciplinary school. In 2014, she and her husband moved to Austin where she attended the University of Texas School of Law, which she graduated from in 2017. During law school, Laura worked as the senior law clerk for the Travis County Attorney’s Office in its Criminal Appellate division. Prior to working in labor and employment law, Laura began her legal career in personal injury with a firm in Austin, Texas, before returning to San Antonio in 2018, where she practiced commercial and business litigation.