Heidi R. Burakiewicz

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Partner
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia
Phone:
202-331-9260
Fax:
866-452-5789
Email:
Heidi Burakiewicz is a partner in the firm. She has been in private practice in Washington, D.C. for seventeen years representing employees and unions nationwide.  While Ms. Burakiewicz’s practice focuses on overtime pay and other wage and hour violations, she handles the full spectrum of labor and employment law on behalf of employees and unions, including free speech and association rights claims pursuant to the First Amendment, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, and violations of the Privacy Act.

Ms. Burakiewicz has spent a large portion of her career representing federal employees and has recovered over $70 million dollars in damages from the United States on behalf of federal employees.    

She is lead counsel in Martin et al. v. U.S., a collective action on behalf of over 25,000 federal employees.  In a July 2014 ruling, the federal judge presiding over the case determined that the government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) by failing to pay the essential employees whom it required to work during the October 2013 shutdown on their regularly scheduled pay dates.  In a February 2017 ruling, the court ruled that the government is liable for liquidated damages to the essential employees because it did not act in good faith. 

Ms. Burakiewicz is also lead counsel in White et al. v. Sessions, a class action on behalf of nearly 550 female employees of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Coleman, Florida, alleging that the government failed to take steps to prevent inmates from egregiously sexually harassing them.  The case settled in December 2016 for $20 million dollars and a long list of negotiated changes designed to eradicate the sexual harassment, which the judge described as “impressive by any standard” in the January 17, 2017 decision preliminarily approving the settlement. 

Ms. Burakiewicz serves on the Advisory Council to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for military and civilian pay claims.  She served as a co-chair for the Federal Service Labor and Employment Law Committee, part of the American Bar Association’s, Labor and Employment Law Section for five years.  Additionally, Ms. Burakiewicz was elected a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars, who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.  Membership in The Fellows is limited to one third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

Ms. Burakiewicz is a graduate of Goucher College and American University’s Washington College of Law and lives in Maryland with her three exuberant, funny, and kind daughters.

Areas of Practice

  • Overtime Compensation and Other Wage and Hour Violations
  • Federal Employee Pay
  • Labor Law
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment
  • Privacy Act Violations

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2000
  • Goucher College
    • B.A. - 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • AFL-CIO, Lawyers Coordinating Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Women's Bar Association, District of Columbia