Enrique (Henry) J. Gimenez

Enrique (Henry) J. Gimenez

Partner

   

Phone:

205-581-0749

Email:

hgimenez@lightfootlaw.com

Fax:

205-380-9149

Office:

Birmingham, AL

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Education

  • B.A., 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, 2001
  • 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 Fortune 500 manufacturers and service providers to NCAA national championship contenders – in an equally wide variety of settings, including state and federal court trials around the Southeast and hearings before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committee.

Henry maintains that success is not based so much on an expertise in a narrow area of the law as it is an expertise in communicating.  Great results are largely dependent upon an advocate’s ability to develop and communicate a compelling, understandable, and credible story that will persuade the audience, whether it is 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 named a “Litigation Star” in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation. He repeatedly appears on the Alabama Rising Stars list and in the Alabama edition of Super Lawyers. Henry was most recently selected by Super Lawyers as a 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer.

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 served multiple terms as the President of Region VII covering Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. He recently completed a multi-year term 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.

Representative Matters

NCAA
Henry has extensive NCAA compliance and investigations experience. He regularly represents institutions before the Committee on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committee, including multiple appearances in 2017 and 2018 alone. He has also worked on many of the most recent high-profile eligibility cases, including those involving Heisman Trophy winners and/or All-Americans from three 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, academic fraud, and unofficial and official visits.

In addition to working on NCAA rules compliance and eligibility issues, Henry also regularly helps colleges and universities with internal investigations relating to Title IX and student welfare issues; handles and/or litigates athletic related employee disputes (e.g., discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract); drafts contracts for coaches and various athletic department employees; and advises institutions on public records issues.

Litigation
Most recently, 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.

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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