Heather Gwinn Pabon is senior counsel in the Employment, Healthcare, and Professional Liability practice groups in Gordon & Rees’s Denver office.
Ms. Gwinn Pabon has a broad range of health-related experience, both in direct care and in providing legal representation on behalf of healthcare providers. As a former certified nurse’s aide in a long-term care facility and a direct care provider in a residential behavioral health facility and at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, she gained experience and knowledge of the healthcare system that uniquely qualifies her to advise and defend healthcare providers. She routinely defends physicians, assisted living and nursing home clients, hospitals, and other health care providers against a variety of claims, including malpractice and negligence, violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, and various common law actions.
In addition to her healthcare tort litigation practice, Ms. Gwinn Pabon advises her healthcare clients, 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 gamut 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. Ms. Gwinn Pabon has extensive experience investigating claims of discrimination, workplace misconduct, and retaliation and drafting position statements and other responses to requests by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the state equivalents.
Ms. Gwinn Pabon's practice focuses on healthcare and employment have made her especially attune to the needs of and challenges faced by her clients, enabling her to offer her unique perspective and expertise, throughout the United States, including Colorado, Tennessee, and Florida. She has been honored by her peers as a Rising Star in the areas of healthcare and employment law for seven consecutive years.
American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section Board Member (2008-2009)
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar 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.