Heather M. Gwinn Pabon

Partner

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  • Biography

    Originally from small-town Ohio, Heather Gwinn Pabon’s family made the Nashville-area home more than two decades ago and taught her the importance of advocating for what is right, working hard, and helping others achieve their goals. Now, a partner with Gordon & Rees, the 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 commercial disputes, healthcare, and employment.

    Commercial Disputes

    Ms. Gwinn Pabon has significant experience handling a variety of commercial litigation claims, including class and collective actions, general negligence/tort, personal injury, products liability, breach of contract, construction defect and professional liability claims, bad faith denial of insurance coverage, and certain family law matters. Ms. Gwinn Pabon has defended public entity clients, including law enforcement agencies and personnel, against Section 1981 and Section 1983 claims. She routinely defends malpractice claims against professionals in a wide range of industries, including insurance agents and brokers, healthcare providers, real estate agents and brokers, architects and engineers, attorneys, and directors/officers. In addition, Ms. Gwinn Pabon has developed a successful practice advising and representing cannabis and hemp-industry clients.

    Healthcare Law

    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.

    Employment Law

    Ms. Gwinn Pabon advises and defends 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 and defends in litigation 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 significant experience defending collective actions involving allegations of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and class actions involving a variety of legal issues, including those involving independent contractor versus employee designations.

    Admissions

    • Colorado
    • Florida
    • Kentucky
    • Tennessee
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle and  Western Districts of Tennessee
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

    Memberships

    • American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section Board Member (2008-2009)
    • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Nashville Bar Association
    • Kentucky 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

    Community Involvement

    Ms. Gwinn Pabon and her family support Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, the Nashville Zoo, the Denver Zoo, and various other arts and conservation organizations. She 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.

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  • Publications & Presentations

    Ms. Gwinn Pabon frequently speaks on employment and healthcare related topics to trade groups, insurers, and her clients. Recent presentations include:

    • Legalized Marijuana and Its Effect on Long-Term Care (2018)
    • Hot Topics Affecting Healthcare Employers (2018)
    • Mid-Year Check In: Impact of the New Administration on Your Employee Practices (2017)
    • Managing Your Most Valuable Assets - Your Employees (2017)
    • The Colorado Elder Abuse Reporting Law: How It Is Being Interpreted and Applied by Law Enforcement Agencies and State Health Regulators a Year Later (2015)
    • Don't Leave Me Now: Managing Employee Leave and Understanding the Interplay between Federal Statutory and Regulatory Leave Requirements (2015)
    • It’s All in a Day’s Work: The HR Generalist’s Bootcamp (2016)
    • Whistleblowers and the False Claims Act (2016)
  • Education

    Education

    J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2005

    • Denver University Law Review — Symposium Editor
    • Student Bar Association — President
    • Moot Court Board
    • Scholastic Excellence Award — Contracts I and II
    • 2005 Most Innovative Programming Implemented within the Law School Award
    • Outstanding Student Leadership Award (2004 and 2005)

    B.A., Psychology, Wittenberg University, 2000

    Internships

    United Kingdom Barristers Legal Intern, Barristers Chambers Nov. 5, London, England (Fall 2005)

    Honors

    Rising Stars® distinction in the fields of Health Care and Employment Litigation: Defense, Colorado Law & Politics (2011-2018)

    Rising Stars® distinction in the fields of Employment and Labor, Florida Law & Politics (2010)

    LTC Power Lawyers graduate of Class of 2017