Enrique (Henry) J. Gimenez

Enrique (Henry) J. Gimenez

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Direct Dial:

205-581-0749

Email:

hgimenez@lightfootlaw.com

Fax:

205-380-9149

Office:

Birmingham, AL

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Education

  • B.S., Auburn University, 1998 cum laude
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 2001 summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Hugo Black Scholar; Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award Hand, Arendall Award (outstanding advocacy); Judge Walter P. Gewin Best Brief Award (John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition); Bradley, Arant, Rose & White Award (Jessup International Moot Court team); Alabama Law Review (Senior Articles Editor)

Admitted

  • Alabama
  • USDC Northern District of Alabama
  • USDC Middle District of Alabama
  • USDC Southern District of Alabama
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Henry Gimenez represents a wide variety of clients in the areas of litigation and NCAA compliance – from a national biomedical service provider to NCAA national championship contenders – in an equally wide variety of settings, including state and federal court trials around the Southeast, arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, multi-party mediations and hearings before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

Henry maintains that success is not based so much on an expertise in a narrow area of the law as it an expertise in communicating.  Great results are largely dependent upon a lawyer’s ability to develop and communicate a compelling, easily understandable and credible story that will persuade the audience, whether it be a judge, jury or panel of academia members.  Henry’s effective communication skills, in combination with hard and efficient work, resulted in his being named a Benchmark Litigation “Future Star” and repeatedly appearing on the Alabama Rising Stars list and in the Alabama edition of Super Lawyers.

Professional Involvement

As a first generation Cuban-American, Henry is committed to promoting diversity in the courtroom and ensuring equal access to civil justice for all minorities. He 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 proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and served on the group’s first-ever Diversity Task Force, where he 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 services to the Hispanic community.

Recent Representative Matters

Litigation

In September 2014, Henry secured a $3.63 million verdict from a Mobile County, Alabama jury in favor of his client, Honeywell International. The case involved a claim that Honeywell was due damages under a written agreement with a contractor requiring the contractor to indemnify Honeywell for liabilities Honeywell incurred as a result of a wrongful death claim filed by the family of the contractor’s employee. After a seven day trial, the jury agreed, and awarded Honeywell the full amount of its claimed damages. Honeywell was also represented at trial by Lightfoot attorney M. Christian King.

NCAA

Henry has extensive NCAA Compliance and Investigations experience. He has worked on many of the most recent high-profile cases, including those involving Heisman Trophy winners from two Southeastern Conference institutions. In addition to these public cases, Henry has worked with multiple colleges, universities and the NCAA Enforcement Staff and Academic and Membership Affairs group behind the scenes before and since on issues relating to recruiting, student-athlete eligibility, academic fraud, and unofficial and official visits.

Personal

As a proud husband and father to two sons and a daughter, Henry strives to emphasize communication around the house as much as at work. He recognizes, however, that as far as his kids go, there is no verbal equivalent to a pink Starburst.

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