Tanner and Associates, PC



Areas Of Practice

Rod Tanner is the founding shareholder of Tanner and Associates, PC, a Fort Worth, Texas firm.

Mr. Tanner has a national labor and employment law practice focusing on civil litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitration, and collective bargaining. The cornerstone of his practice is representation of various international and local labor organizations as well as employees, professionals, and public figures.


The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1976

The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. with Honors, 1974

Professional Experience

Mr. Tanner has extensive experience counseling and representing private and public sector labor unions in litigation, arbitration, unfair labor practice cases, representation proceedings, and contract negotiations. He also has a diverse employment law practice representing employees in employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, contract, and tort cases. His notable labor and employment cases include Int’l Ass’n of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local Lodge 2121 v. Goodrich Corp. (5th Circuit), cert. denied, 126 S. Ct. 647 (2005), and Aiello v. United Air Lines, 818 F.2d 1196 (5th Cir. 1987). He also has extensive complex litigation experience including RICO cases and employment discrimination class actions. Mr. Tanner has written many scholarly papers and he has spoken frequently before professional, labor, and business groups on subjects ranging from the National Labor Relations Act to non-competition agreements. He is co-editor and a contributing author of Texas Employment Law (James Publishing Inc. 2019).

Professional Affiliations

 Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow, Tarrant County (TX) Bar Foundation

Former Director, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee

Co-Chair, National Employment Lawyers Association Labor Law Practice Group

Founding Member and Past Director, Texas Employment Lawyers Association

Past Chair and Member, State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section

Member, American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)

Past Chair and Member, Tarrant County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section

Member, Dallas County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)

Member, American Board of Trial Advocates

Professional Honors and Achievements

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® (BL Rankings), Labor Law – Union, Employment Law – Individuals, and Litigation – Labor and Employment (1999 – present)

Recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers® (2019-2020)

Named one of Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Super Lawyers® (2021)

Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers® for Labor and Employment Law (2003-2021)

Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (BL Rankings) as Tier 1/Dallas-Fort Worth in Labor Law – Union, Employment Law – Individuals, and Litigation Labor and Employment (2021)

Outstanding Legal Writing Award, State Bar of Texas (2007)

Recognized as one of Top 16 Labor and Employment Attorneys in Texas by Texas Lawyer (2006)

Recognized as Best Labor and Employment Attorney in Tarrant County, Texas, Fort Worth Business Press (May 2001)

Board Certified Labor and Employment Law, Tex. Board of Legal Specialization, (1990 – present)

Community Service

U.S. Representative Marc Veasey Judicial Nominations Committee Member

Director, Community Learning Center, Inc.