Desiree Duarte

Associate Attorney

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Areas of Concentration

Commercial Litigation
Labor & Employment
Construction Law


University of Texas at Austin
Juris Doctor

University of Texas at El Paso
Bachelor of Arts – History
Minor – Legal Reasoning
Summa cum laude

Admissions & Qualifications

State Bar of Texas

United States District Court
Western District of Texas
Southern District of Texas

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Desiree Duarte is an associate attorney at ScottHulse whose practice focuses on litigation, general labor and employment law, and construction law. She has represented a wide variety of clients, including public entities, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, commercial enterprises, employers, and insurance companies.

Desiree Duarte earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin with Pro Bono Honors. She was a member of the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, a board member of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Student Association, and a scholar in the Criminal Defense Clinic and Actual Innocence Clinic. While in law school, Ms. Duarte clerked for the Honorable Miguel Torres at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Prior to law school, Ms. Duarte graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in Legal Reasoning. She is also a graduate of the UTEP Law School Preparation Institute. During her undergraduate studies, she interned for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, was a congressional intern for the Office of Congressman Beto O’Rourke, and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.

Born and raised in El Paso, Ms. Duarte attended Chapin High School. Her first job was working at her father’s local construction company, Mimbela Contractors, Inc., where she learned the value of hard work and learned about the legal complexities of running a business and participating in construction, which has inspired her legal practice.


2023, March 24. Motions for Summary Judgement. Lecture presented at the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division, District 16 Spring CLE Boot Camp in El Paso, Texas.

2023, March 2. Employee Roundup: Riding through the Hiring and Onboarding Process. Lecture presented at the 15th Annual ScottHulse Labor & Employment Law Seminar in El Paso, Texas.

2022, September 28. EEOC Investigation. Lecture presented at El Paso SHRM Legal Seminar in El Paso, Texas.

2022, March 3. Preparing a Tactical Backpack for Survival of Leave Issues During and After COVID. Lecture presented at the 14th Annual ScottHulse Labor & Employment Law Seminar in El Paso, Texas.

2022, March 3. Updating Your DEI Survival Guides. Lecture presented at the 14th Annual ScottHulse Labor & Employment Law Seminar in El Paso, Texas.

El Paso Bar Association

El Paso Women’s Bar Association

El Paso Young Lawyers Association

National Association of Women in Construction

Texas Young Lawyers Association

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

United Way Young Leaders Society of El Paso

YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region