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Heidi A. Guttau represents employers in employment litigation matters in state and federal courts, including claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, non-compete violations and other employment-related matters. She also obtains injunctive protection on behalf of employers against individuals threatening their workplaces. She regularly handles ERISA litigation. Heidi frequently represents employers in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state anti-discrimination agencies.

Heidi was conferred a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law in 1997. She also received her B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, with a major in Finance from Creighton University in 1994. Prior to joining the firm, Heidi served as judicial clerk to Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. 

Education

  • Creighton University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997
  • Creighton University, B.S.,B.A., Finance, magna cum laude, 1994

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Past member, Iowa State Bar Association Federal Practice Committee
  • Past member, Iowa State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Council
  • Past member, District of Nebraska Federal Practice Committee
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Former Adjunct Instructor, Creighton Law School
  • Board of Directors, 4 Corners Community Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Children’s Square USA Foundation
  • Former Director, Hope-Net Ministries
  • Former Treynor Community School Board member

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1999
  • Iowa, 1997
  • District of Nebraska
  • Northern District of Iowa
  • Southern District of Iowa
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Selected Practice Highlights

  • Obtaining employer jury verdict in federal court in ADA discrimination case against national retailer
  • Obtaining Nebraska Supreme Court decision in ConAgra v. Zimmerman holding that employer was entitled to permanent injunction to protect its workplace against threatening individual
  • Obtaining employer jury verdict in the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County in wage payment lawsuit
  • Successfully representing employers in numerous employment cases in federal and state courts, including obtaining numerous summary judgment orders for employers in discrimination cases
  • Obtaining several appellate verdicts on employment cases in state and federal court
  • Handling various ERISA litigation matters, including obtaining constructive trusts for reimbursement/subrogation claims as equitable relief under ERISA after the Supreme Court’s Knudson v. Great West decision

Selected Recent Publications

  • “Noncompete must-knows,” American Bankers Association (ABA) Banking Journal (July 2010)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Central Nebraska HR Employment Law Forum, Employment Law in the Movies: Practical Takeaways for Employers (March 2022)
  • Iowa Hospital Association, From Facebook to Firearms: How to Avoid Threats and Violence in the Workplace (June 2021)


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