Born in small-town Ohio and raised by hard-working parents who made the Nashville-area home more than two decades ago, Heather Gwinn Pabon grew up understanding the importance of advocating for what is right, working hard, and helping others achieve their goals. Now, a partner with Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, the Co-Managing Partner of the Nashville office, and a member of the Firm’s Employment, Healthcare, and Professional Liability practice groups, Ms. Gwinn Pabon uses those values every day to assist and guide her clients in her national litigation practice focusing on healthcare, employment, and commercial disputes.
Drawing from her experience as a direct care provider in several healthcare facilities prior to law school, including as certified nurses’ assistant and mental health counselor, Ms. Gwinn Pabon routinely defends physicians, assisted living and nursing home clients, hospitals, medical spas, and other health care providers against a variety of claims, including malpractice and negligence, violations of the state-specific consumer protection acts, and various common law actions.
Ms. Gwinn Pabon advises small and medium-sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies regarding the employer-employee relationship. Recognizing the importance of being proactive when maneuvering through this often-complicated relationship, she serves as outside general employment counsel for several clients. In that role, she advises clients on numerous labor and employment issues, including the creation and implementation of employment handbooks and policies, engagement of independent contractors, compliance with wage and hour laws and state and federal statutes regarding family and other leave, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and defense against unfair labor practice claims, and the gamete of general employee-employer relations. She regularly counsels clients regarding and successfully defends clients against Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act claims.
In addition to her healthcare and employment practices, Ms. Gwinn Pabon also has significant experience handling a variety of commercial litigation claims, including general negligence/tort, personal injury, breach of contract, construction defect and professional liability claims, and certain family law matters.
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section Board Member (2008-2009)
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
Lawyers’ Association for Women – Marion Griffin Chapter
Nashville Leadership Health Care
Tennessee Health Care Association
Ms. Gwinn Pabon has served as a Guardian ad Litem for more than 400 at-risk children in the states of Colorado and Florida. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Colorado.