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Pete A. Makopoulos-Senftleber | Associate

Pete Makopoulos-SenftleberPete A. Makopoulos-Senftleber’s practice is devoted to handling employment litigation matters on both sides of the docket, providing general employment law advice to small and large businesses (including compliance under the ADA, FLSA, FMLA, ADEA, and Title VII), navigating administrative agency investigations (TWC, EEOC, DOL) for both employers and employees, contract drafting, and negotiating and litigating contract disputes. Pete is a rare talent whose legal acumen and practical understanding of the legal process are exceptional for a young lawyer. For example, Pete has quickly become one of the go-to sources in Houston for employers seeking sound legal advice pertaining to COVID-19.

Pete began working full-time as a legal analyst at Minces Rankin PLLC (then Minces PLLC) in 2015 while studying law part-time at the University of Houston Law Center. Before law school, he attended Drexel University between 2011 and 2012, where he was a member of the Pennoni Honors College and was on the Dean’s List for all terms. Pete obtained a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Florida, which he attended from 2012 to 2014 and made the Dean’s List all terms.

In an effort to give back to the community, Pete serves as a volunteer attorney and the president of the board of Trans Legal Aid Clinic of Houston, a nonprofit that corrects the names and gender markers of transgender and non-binary Texans on government documents for free. Pete was also a guest on Houston Public Media’s Special Edition on the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock (Title VII).

When he is not at work or volunteering, Pete enjoys traveling with his wife, Amy. They enjoy frequenting Florida, New Jersey, and California to visit family and spend time on the beach. At home, Pete enjoys cooking and mastering his barista skills. Although he has absolutely no musical talent, Pete’s passion is going to concerts and supporting live music.

EXAMPLES OF PETE’S REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE:

  • Obtaining 100% of attorney’s fees, costs, and arbitration expenses in a $45 million complex commercial arbitration involving claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, fraud, and fraud in the inducement.