Hoover Kernell LLP



Diana Hoover is a commercial litigator. She served as lead counsel in defending the largest known potential class action in Texas alleging wage and hour violations, and she was national briefing counsel for a client defending against numerous employment claims. She has represented corporate clients in numerous complex commercial matters, including a $50 million environmental claim, securities and consumer class actions, mass claims of professional negligence, significant breach of contract and fraud claims, and title disputes. She also has extensive experience in defending class and collective actions.

Ms. Hoover’s practice has focused on all areas of employment law, including discrimination, wage violations, retaliation, enforcement of covenants not to compete and whistleblower claims. She regularly provides advice to clients on employment matters and drafts employment-related agreements. Her experience includes advising clients in connection with the WARN Act, compliance with the FLSA, investigating claims of whistleblower retaliation, resolving issues of internal theft and the sale of illegal drugs in the workplace, and advising clients in the termination and discipline of employees.

Ms. Hoover also regularly assists clients in identifying and analyzing potential employment-related issues associated with outsourcing agreements, employee leasing arrangements, and the sale or acquisition of business entities, and in structuring their agreements to reduce or eliminate liability risks. She represents clients in the energy, accounting, engineering, real estate, communications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, financial and retail industries.

Ms. Hoover joined the international law firm of Mayer Brown LLP (formerly Mayer Brown & Platt) in 1993 and became a partner in 2003. She remained with Mayer Brown until the founding of Hoover Kernell LLP. Prior to entering law school, she served as a human resources professional for both a manufacturing company and a hospitality industry company. She has written and lectured on a wide variety of employment issues.


The University of Houston Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993; Chief Note and Comment Editor, Law Review (1992-1993)

Texas State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1980


  • State of Texas, 1993
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and
    Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit