Abby Kotun is a member of Winstead’s Labor, Employment & Immigration Practice Group. She applies her problem solving skills from her past career as a chemical engineer to assist clients in a wide variety of labor and employment matters. Such matters include discrimination and harassment charges and lawsuits, ADA and FMLA cases, wage and hour cases, and OSHA inspections. Abby regularly defends clients in federal and state court proceedings and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She regularly drafts various litigation and employment related documents including federal and state court pleadings, separation and release agreements, injunction orders, and non-competition agreements.
Before starting her legal career, Abby worked as a process engineer, pipeline project manager and business analyst for Chevron Corporation. During law school, she interned for a federal bankruptcy judge, served as the Internet Publishing Editor of the Houston Law Review and volunteered as a student attorney in the University of Houston Law Center civil and immigration clinics where she handled cases involving divorce, custody, probate, guardianship, withholding of removal, and family immigration, and special immigrant juvenile issues.
Outside of her day-to-day practice, Abby serves as the Immediate Past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and as a Vice President in the Nigerian-American Multicultural Council. She also enjoys giving back through pro bono activities and provides free legal representation for individuals referred through Kids In Need of Defense (“KIND”) and the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (“HVLP”).
- Won summary judgment motion in false claims act whistleblower retaliation case in federal court.
- Defended client during EEOC investigation involving Title VII and ADEA claims.
- Obtained grant of Motion to Dismiss in federal lawsuit alleging company’s website not ADA-accessible.
- Preparing and presenting training materials covering lawful hiring and promotions practices, and preventing and responding to complaints of harassment in the workplace.
- Negotiated permanent injunction against client’s former employees who had started a competing business.
- Obtained default judgment and permanent injunction against client’s former employees who had started a competing business.
- Prosecuted criminal cases for the City of Houston as a volunteer prosecutor, including trying sixteen jury trials to verdict.
- Counseling and defending employers against OSHA citations.