Overview Experience Affiliations Honors & Awards Publications & Presentations

Overview

A dedicated fiduciary litigator who handles probate, trust, and guardianship matters, Gabriela M. Barake is an associate who works closely with trustees, administrators, guardians, and executors to meet their legal needs. Named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the American Academy of Attorneys, Gabriela’s practice includes dealing with probate and trust administration, the prosecution and defense of fiduciary claims, as well as commercial and business litigation, and employment law. She is committed to ensuring that individuals suffering from dementia, mental illness, physical and mental limitations, and other disabilities have guardians who protect them physically, financially, and emotionally.

Fluent in Spanish and conversational in French, Gabriela is able to communicate with clients in multiple languages. Experienced in representing individuals and companies before administrative agencies, state and federal courts, Gabriela has also worked with some of the most important pieces of federal employment legislation, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In her practice, Gabriela has made a huge difference for her clients, including helping to secure a multi-plaintiff judgment in a collective action trial.

When she’s not practicing, Gabriela enjoys riding her motorcycle, watching the Toronto Blue Jays with her rescue dog, and playing hockey.

Experience

Gabriela represents clients in probate, trust, and guardianship matters, as well as commercial and business litigation matters. In recent years, she has:

  • Represented claimants and respondents at unemployment and wage claim hearings before the Texas Workforce Commission, resulting in favorable decisions
  • Conducted workplace investigations and interviews, and recommended actions to address immediate concerns and ensure best practices in the future
  • Helped secure a unanimous jury victory for Galveston County in an employment matter
  • Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit and an award of fees under Rule 91a
  • Prepared detailed, persuasive demand letters that have helped make clients whole without initiating litigation
  • Represented individuals and businesses at mediation and brought all to mutually agreeable settlements
  • Second-chaired trial, including assisting in preparing opening and closing statements and demonstrative evidence
  • Prepared and presented multiple witnesses at a collective action bench trial
  • Prepared and delivered informative presentations to the general public on the Fair Labor Standards Act in English and Spanish
  • Prepared and analyzed severance, employment, non-competition, non-disclosure agreements and other employment-related contracts, and advised clients on same

Affiliations

  • American Academy of Attorneys

Honors & Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2020-2021
  • Best Lawyers Ones to Watch – Litigation – Trusts and Estates, BL Rankings, 2021-2022
  • Top 40 Under 40, American Academy of Attorneys, 2019

Publications & Presentations

  • Wage and Hour 101 for Paralegals

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston
  • B.A.H., University of Guelph

Admissions & Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas