Heidi Gumienny is a partner in the Houston office of Gordon & Rees. Ms. Gumienny is a member of the firm's Appellate, Employment and Labor Law, and Commercial Litigation practice groups. Her practice focuses on state and federal appeals, employment and labor law, municipal liability and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Gumienny has both trial and arbitration experience, has appeared before state and federal courts and has represented clients in administrative proceedings.
Ms. Gumienny has briefed and argued appeals before the Texas Courts of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Sixth Circuit, among other courts. Ms. Gumienny has participated in oral argument before the Houston Courts of Appeals and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Gumienny has experience prosecuting and defending interlocutory appeals and mandamus proceedings, as well as traditional appeals of final judgments.
Employment and Labor Law
Ms. Gumienny represents public and private employers in litigation in federal and state courts, and in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor, in wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage-and-hour, worker’s compensation, restrictive covenants and state whistleblowers protection disputes, both under state and federal law. Ms. Gumienny also counsels clients concerning policies and practices, employee investigations, employee classification, and wage and overtime issues so that client practices and policies conform with state and federal law. Her experience includes drafting employee handbooks and policies and addressing issues related to the hiring, retention, promotion, and firing of employees.
In addition, Ms. Gumienny defendants numerous municipalities and local governments in state and federal lawsuits involving premises liability, personal injury, takings, and civil rights claims under the Texas Tort Claims Act, Section 1983, and the Texas and U.S. Constitutions, as well as other state and federal laws.
Ms. Gumienny has also defended both privately owned and Fortune 500 companies in complex commercial and business disputes, involving both contractual and non-contractual claims.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
American Bar Association
Houston Bar Association
Houston Lawyer magazine, Editorial Board (2008-2009)
From 2006-2007, Ms. Gumienny served as the Assistant Director of the Texas Scholarship Foundation's "College Bound" Program's Houston Chapter
From 2014-2015, Ms. Gumienny served on the Young Professionals Board of Bering Omega Community Services