has more than 15 years of experience working as a litigator on complex, multi-party litigation. As Of Counsel at Baron & Budd, Vaught currently manages the firm’s Employment Law Group for Baron & Budd, where he focuses on unpaid overtime wage class actions cases. Recently, Vaught won a major award for a group of mechanics who were incorrectly classified as independent contractors by their employer, which earned him the distinction of being recognized as the “Litigator of the Week” by the state of Texas by legal publication Texas Lawyer
. In addition to his work as an attorney, Vaught also served as member of the Texas House of Representatives and in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a U.S. Army captain.
In the Texas House of Representatives, Vaught served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Violent Crimes, chairman of the Subcommittee on Border, Health and School Centered Emergencies, vice chairman of the Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs and Vice Chairman of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. He has been widely recognized for his work on behalf of children’s health and safety, education and crime prevention and response.
A member of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1997 until 2005, Vaught served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to March 2004. Vaught commanded one of the Army’s first units to enter Fallujah, and he served as the city’s de facto mayor. After being transferred to Sadr City, Vaught was injured in combat operations and awarded the Purple Heart. He worked at Baron & Budd before leaving for Iraq, and the firm is very happy to have him safely home.
Publications and Courses
Author & Panelist: FLSA Overtime Wage Violations, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, August 17, 2011.
Panelist & Co-Author: False Patent Marking, Texas Bar CLE, May 25, 2010.
Author: Lawyers Unique Role in Observing Veterans’ Day, Texas Lawyer, Nov. 9, 2009.
Panelist: Bench-Bar Conference – Texas Legislative Update, Texas Bar CLE, Sep. 25, 2008.
Significant Reported Cases & Trials
Beckerley v. Alorica, Inc., SACV 14-0836-DOC (JPRx), 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132070 (C.D. Cal. Sept. 17, 2014).
Lillehagen, et al. v. Alorica, Inc., SACV 13-0092-DOC (JPRx), 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 67693 (C.D. Cal., May 15, 2014).
Morse v. Equity Lifestyle Props., 2:13-cv-00408-JMS-MJD, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59863 (S.D. Ind. Apr. 30, 2014).
Salmans v. Byron Udell & Assocs., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28073; 20 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 617 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 26, 2013).
Lee v. Center for Psychological Healthcare, 2013, U.S. Dist. Lexis 103443 (M.D. La., July 24, 2013).
Zabrowski, et al. v. Managed Health Network, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. Lexis 59492 (N.D. Cal., April 25, 2013).
Zabrowski, et. al. v. Managed Health Network, Inc., 936 F. Supp. 2nd 1145 (N.D. Cal. 2013).
Salmons, et. al. v. Bryan Udall Assocs., 20 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 617 (N.D. Ill., Feb 26, 2013).
Jones et al. v. Supermedia, Inc., 281 F.R.D. 282 (N.D. Tex. 2012).
Case v. Phillips 66 Company, 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 96727 (S.D. Miss. Nov. 25, 2008).