Daniela Labinoti is a distinguished lawyer based in El Paso, Texas. Certified by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Ms. Labinoti is leading employment law and personal injury plaintiff’s attorney known for her aggressive, passionate, and knowledgeable legal counsel. She is the founder of the Law Firm of Daniela Labinoti, P.C. where she represents individuals who have suffered abuse ranging from harassment and unlawful retaliation in the workplace to serious injuries due to another party’s negligence. Ms. Labinoti has had high success rates in all her trials by jury, especially in employment law, and has received some of the biggest verdicts in the state. Her superior representation over the course of her twelve-year career has earned her a place in the Top 100 Verdicts in Texas for 2016.
Born and raised in Albania, Ms. Labinoti moved to the United States in 1997 to escape the devastating civil war in her country. With a second chance at a good life, she knew she wanted to make a difference, but didn’t immediately decide on law. She recalled:
I never really thought I was going to be an attorney growing up. When I moved to the U.S., many of my friends would tell me that I was extremely passionate, defensive, and feisty—basically that I was very good arguing. So, it seemed appropriate to me to use that personality for good and go into law."
While earning her Accounting degree at Lubbock Christian University, Ms. Labinoti worked three jobs to support herself. She still managed to graduate summa cum laude and Valedictorian, and then enrolled in Texas Tech University School of Law. In law school, Ms. Labinoti worked for James Killion, a prominent plaintiff’s attorney, and fell in love with helping people and fighting for the little guy. Upon obtaining her Juris Doctor in 2005, she began practicing at the personal injury firm, Scherr & Legate, where she refined her natural talent in the courtroom and her love for plaintiff’s work. In 2010, she opened up the Law Firm of Daniela Labinoti.
What sets Ms. Labinoti apart from her peers in the industry is her combination of fierce litigation skills and true passion for representing those that feel they don’t have a voice. She puts her heart and soul into every case to ensure that clients’ rights are protected, which is reflected in her many success stories. Though she does cover a significant amount of personal injury cases, her trial advocacy expertise lies with employment law, where she has received high verdicts on a regular basis. One such case, Monica Miranda v. El Paso County, in which Ms. Labinoti’s client claimed that she was terminated from her job due to retaliation and gender discrimination after sexual harassment, resulted in a $750,000 verdict, as well as the Top 100 Verdicts in Texas award for 2016 and an article in KVIA abc-7 News. A number of her cases have been featured in abc-7, as well as the Daily Times and the El Paso Times.
As a leader in her field, Ms. Labinoti keeps herself apprised of trends and changes in the field of personal injury law. In particular, she is paying close attention to the personal injury laws that have recently been changing at the legislative level. She notes:
It’s coming to a point where people’s rights are going to be taken away and attorneys like myself are going to have to fight event harder to help plaintiffs. Employers are forcing employees to enter into Arbitration Agreements and take away the right of a trial by jury. These agreements are been upheld even though employees have no choice. The arbitrator will receive at the minimum $15,000 to $20,000 from the employer to make a decision. Arbitration is a biased, unfair and unconstitutional judicial process in employment settings. Also, in personal injury, the laws are shifting on the side of employers, big corporations and insurance companies. We must protect the right of trial by jury as that is where true democracy and justice lies. Everyone, rich or poor, is on an equal footing in a trial by jury. Tort Reforms, Arbitration Agreements, immunities from accountability of the law, hurt our society by making it a lesser safe place for us and our children.
A very wise judge said to me once: 'The law can’t be so one sided to where people will lose respect for the law. That is when our government can get in trouble.'"
A passionate Avvo 'Clients' Choice' awarded lawyer with more than a decade dedicated to law, Ms. Labinoti is not discouraged, knowing that she can rise to any challenge presented to her. Looking ahead, she envisions a bright future for herself and her clients. Ms. Labinoti intends to continue fighting tirelessly on behalf of her clients for many years to come.
Education & Certification
Certified by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Texas • New Mexico • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
Professional Memberships & Associations
El Paso Trial Lawyers Association, Former President • College State Bar of Texas • American Association for Justice • American Board Association • El Paso Women's Bar Association • West Texas Employment Lawyers Association • Texas Trial Lawyer Association • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Awards & Honors
Texas Rising Star – Super Lawyers (2017) Best Car Accident Attorneys in El Paso – Expertise (2017) • Clients’ Choice – Avvo (2017) • Nationally Ranked Truck Accident Lawyer – USAttorneys.com • Top 100 Verdicts in Texas – Top Verdict (2016)