Since joining Lightfoot in 2002, Enrique (Henry) J. Gimenez has made a conscious effort to include multiple aspects and areas of litigation in his practice. That effort has resulted in representing a wide variety of clients – from a New England horseradish manufacturer to a national biomedical service provider – in an equally wide variety of settings, including successes in state and federal court trials around the southeast, arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and multi-party mediations. These experiences have taught Henry that every success, regardless of the facts or law, is rooted in hard and efficient work. That success and hard work has resulted in Henry being named repeatedly to the Alabama Rising Stars list and the Alabama edition of Super Lawyers.
In addition, Henry has extensive NCAA Compliance and Investigations experience. Henry has handled compliance issues and institutional investigations for multiple universities during his time with the firm. He has worked closely with the NCAA enforcement staff on high profile eligibility matters, including Auburn University’s case involving Cam Newton and Texas A&M’s case involving Johnny Manziel. Henry has substantial experience working on investigations involving allegations of recruiting inducements, extra benefits, academic fraud, improper agent contact, and practice time violations across multiple sports and is familiar with all aspects of the NCAA infractions process.
Licensed in all Alabama courts, as well as the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Henry is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and currently serves as the President of Region VII covering Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, and the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA), where he currently sits on the Board of Directors. He has served multiple terms as the co-chair of ADLA’s annual Trial Academy, a multi-day program designed to teach younger attorneys invaluable trial skills.
As a first generation American, Henry is committed to ensuring equal access to civil justice for all minorities. He proudly served on ADLA’s first-ever Diversity Task Force and was recognized for his efforts with the group’s Diversity Task Force Award. He was also selected as one of the founding members of an Alabama State Bar committee designed to address providing legal service to the Hispanic community.
Henry graduated cum laude from Auburn University in 1998 where he majored in journalism. He received his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2001, where he was named to the Order of the Coif, selected as a Hugo Black Scholar and awarded the Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award. In addition to these honors, he received the Hand, Arendall Award (outstanding advocacy) and Judge Walter P. Gewin Best Brief Award as a participant in the University’s John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition; the Bradley, Arant, Rose & White Award for his performance as a member of the school’s Jessup International Moot Court team; and served on the Alabama Law Review, where he was elected as a Senior Articles Editor. Upon graduation, Henry served as law clerk to the Honorable James H. Hancock of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
Outside of his professional work, Henry is a proud husband and father to his wife and three children.
NEWS about Enrique
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- Lightfoot Partner Elected as Hispanic National Bar’s Regional President
- 37 Lightfoot Attorneys Recognized by 2015 Super Lawyers