Heidi Gumienny is 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 also participated in the briefing of appeals before the Texas Courts of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Sixth Circuit, as well as other courts. Ms. Gumienny has also briefed and argued appeals before the Houston Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Ms. Gumienny represents public and private employers in litigation in federal and state court, and in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission, Human Rights Division, in wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage-and-hour, worker's compensation, restrictive covenant and state whistleblower protection disputes, and counsels clients concerning policies and practices, employee investigations and wage and overtime issues. Her experience includes drafting employment policies and addressing issues related to the hiring, retention and firing of employees.
In addition, Ms. Gumienny defends 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 Constitution.
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.
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
United States 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