Cozen O’Connor: Gutmann, Adam C.

Adam C. Gutmann

Associate

Houston

(832) 214-3919

(832) 214-3905

Adam will be speaking at an upcoming event:

Managing the Workplace in 2019: A Practical Guide to the Legal Issues Impacting Texas Employers

Houston, Texas 10/23/2019

The world is changing rapidly and it is getting increasingly hard for employers to keep up with the impact of social media, generational gaps, and the myriad of new state and federal laws regulating every step on the employment relationship from hiring to firing.

Event Details 

Adam represents and advises employers in disputes involving wage and hour issues, non-compete and non-solicitation covenants, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, claims of age, sex, disability, and race discrimination and retaliation, wrongful termination, and breach of employment contracts. Adam serves clients in both federal and state trial courts and various federal and state agencies including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board. Adam is frequently called upon to advise clients on labor and employment issues that arise in the ordinary course of business and counsels clients on how to strategically plan to protect company trade secrets and how to hire in an increasingly competitive and litigious environment.

Adam earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where he served as an editor of the Houston Journal of International Law. During law school, Adam served as an intern for the Honorable Gray H. Miller in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona. 

Experience

News

How About Ditching the Annual Holiday Party?

November 01, 2018

Adam Gutmann, an associate of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in SHRM about how office holiday parties could become a liability.

Oil Firm, Rival Denied Early Wins In Trade Secret Dispute

May 10, 2018

David Barron and Jennifer Williams' argument in Core Laboratories LP et al. v. AmSpec LLC et al. was discussed in a Law360 article covering the case.

Publications

Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act – What You Need to Know [Alert]

August 16, 2019

Adam Gutmann and Anna Wermuth discuss what employers should do to comply with the new Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance – What You Need to Know [HR Headaches Blog]

July 16, 2019

The Dallas City Council recently joined several other major Texas cities in passing a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance. The new rules (found in Chapter 20 of the Dallas City Code, and summarized in this memorandum from the City) are set to go into effect on August 1, 2019, for employers with 6 or...

SCOTUS: Ambiguous Agreement Insufficient to Compel Class Arbitration [Alert]

April 25, 2019

Adam Gutmann discusses Chief Roberts decision in Lamps Puls, Inc. v. Varela.

Protecting Your Trade Secrets: Implementing an Effective Exit Protocol [HR Headaches Blog]

March 15, 2019

We have previously posted on HR Headaches about the practical steps employers can take to protect their company’s trade secrets. You can find that post here. With this edition, we dive a bit deeper into the strategies and safeguards companies can deploy to prevent their trade secrets from walking...

DOL Proposes Revised Increase to FLSA Overtime Exemption Thresholds [Alert]

March 11, 2019

David Barron and Adam Gutmann discuss the DOL's proposal to increase the threshold at which employers can invoke certain “white collar” exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements to $679 per week ($35,308 per year).

Halloween in the Workplace – What Could Go Wrong? [HR Headaches Blog]

October 19, 2018

October 31st is right around the corner, and in workplaces all across the U.S. employers are contemplating having some kind of Halloween party or inviting employees to dress up. On its face, it seems like a great idea. Halloween can be a fun way to break the monotony of everyday office life (and is...

Defend Trade Secrets Act Whistleblower Immunity Notice – Small Price to Pay for Major Benefits [HR Headaches Blog]

October 16, 2018

You probably already know that the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) makes available to employers a number of significant remedies, but what you may not know is that several of those remedies are contingent on employers notifying employees of key whistleblower protections provided for in the...

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Managing the Workplace in 2019: A Practical Guide to the Legal Issues Impacting Texas Employers

October 23, 2019 - Houston, Texas

The world is changing rapidly and it is getting increasingly hard for employers to keep up with the impact of social media, generational gaps, and the myriad of new state and federal laws regulating every step on the employment relationship from hiring to firing.

Past Events

Practical Employment Law Advice in Uncertain Times

February 26, 2019 - Addison, TX

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2010
  • University of Arizona, B.A., magna cum laude, 2006
  • Texas

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