- Manufacturing & Transportation
- Construction & Design
|Contact Info||Telephone: 512.703.5733|
|University ||University of Texas at Austin, B.A., with honors, 1982 Phi Beta Kappa|
|Law School||University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D., 1985 Director, Legal Research Board|
|Admitted||1985, Texas; 1988, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas; 1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 2008, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; 2013, U.S. Supreme Court|
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association, Appellate Practice and Litigation Sections
•Austin Bar Association, Appellate Section Council; CLE Committee; Co-chair
•State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section, Council, 2002-2007; Officer, 2008-2012; Chair, 2012-2013
•Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Appellate Exam Committee, 2000-2007; Appellate Exam Committee Chair, 2005-2007
Heidi is a litigation and appellate attorney on Husch Blackwell's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team. Her practice includes representing clients before both state and federal courts of appeals in all aspects of appellate practice, including briefing, oral argument, original proceedings and interlocutory appeals. She also prepares amicus curiae briefs on behalf of clients who are interested in, but not parties to, an appeal. In addition, she assists trial counsel in preserving error through pre-trial and post-trial motions, jury charge issues and trial briefing. Heidi's litigation experience includes handling all aspects of jury trials and arbitrations in a broad range of commercial disputes.
Her experience on behalf of industry clients has included:
•Representing a pipeline company in a $400 million lawsuit against producers and a transporter involving contractual issues. The case was settled after two Texas Supreme Court decisions on appeal.
•Filing an amicus brief in a case before the Texas Supreme Court dealing with the issue of whether electric cooperative corporations have statutory authority to create and own for-profit subsidiaries.
Heidi is board certified in both civil trial and civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a former Chair of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section. She served for several years as Chair of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Appellate Law Exam Committee and is a frequent speaker on both substantive and procedural appellate issues. Before joining Husch Blackwell, Heidi was a Partner at Brown McCarroll.
Awards and Recognitions
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Texas Super Lawyers, Appellate law, 2012-2014
•Travis County Women Lawyers' Association, Pro Bono Award, 2011
•Travis County Women Lawyers' Association, Litigation Award, 2000
•Obtained reversal in appeal to the Texas Supreme Court in favor of the City of Austin while defending a challenge to a significant environmental protection ordinance.
•Obtained favorable decision from the Texas Supreme Court in a case dealing with the scope of an arbitrator's authority and the grounds for vacating an arbitrator's decision.
•Obtained reversal in the Texas Supreme Court of an adverse judgment in a suit attempting to void a foreclosure sale of a valuable commercial tract of land.
•Represented a pipeline company in a $400 million lawsuit against producers and a transporter involving contractual issues.
•Upheld a judgment of more than $1 million, including trial court discovery abuse sanctions of more than $100,000, in a sexual harassment lawsuit.
•Argued a case to the Texas Supreme Court dealing with a significant sovereign immunity issue in the context of breach of contract actions against the state.
•Filed an amicus brief in a case before the Texas Supreme Court dealing with the issue of whether electric cooperative corporations have statutory authority to create and own for-profit subsidiaries.
•Upheld on appeal a declaratory judgment against a state agency regarding eligibility for the state's Medicaid managed-care program.
•Represented several hospitals in a claim against an HMO in a dispute over payment issues. Obtained a fully favorable arbitration award in excess of $6 million.
•Assisted trial counsel both in and outside the firm in numerous appellate matters, including actions involving product liability, labor claims, class action cases, construction defects, mortgage foreclosures, breach of fiduciary duties and other matters.
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