Deidra Norris Sullivan is a member of the Labor, Employment and Civil Rights Section of the City of Houston Legal Department. Deidra's primary responsibilities include counseling multiple department directors and senior human resources managers on labor and employment matters, including but not limited to discipline, terminations, employee leaves pursuant to the FMLA and/or ADA, employee grievances, unemployment compensation, and collective bargaining matters. In addition to her counseling duties, Deidra represents the City and its employees in Title VI, Title VII and Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation. When she is not providing counsel to City departments or defending the City in litigation, she conducts training on topics such as Ethics, Employee Rights, Title VII and HR best practices. Prior to joining the City of Houston Legal Department, Deidra practiced in Illinois, representing government entities, including public schools, in labor, employment and civil rights matters.
Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."