Heidi Burakiewicz joined Mehri & Skalet, PLLC in 2010 and is a partner in the firm. She has been in private practice in Washington, D.C. and has spent the last fifteen years representing employees and Unions across the country. While Ms. Burakiewicz focuses on cases brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and state wage and hour laws, she represents Unions in every aspect of the labor-management process and has handled cases on behalf of employees asserting free speech and association rights, challenging discrimination and retaliation, and to enforce their privacy rights.
Ms. Burakiewicz has spent a large portion of her career representing federal employees and has recovered over $50 million dollars in backpay and liquidated damages from the United States on behalf of its employees as the result of the government’s violation of the laws protecting employee pay. She is lead counsel in Martin v. U.S. concerning the October 2013 government shutdown. The case has been certified as a collective action and in a July 2014 ruling, the judge presiding over the case determined that the government violated the FLSA by failing to pay employees who worked during the shutdown on their regularly scheduled pay dates. Ms. Burakiewicz is also lead counsel in White v. Lynch, a case certified as a class action on behalf of all of the female employees who have worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Coleman, Florida, alleging that the government failed to take steps to prevent inmates from egregiously sexually harassing them.
Ms. Burakiewicz currently serves 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. She serves on the Advisory Council to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. And, she is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law issues.
Ms. Burakiewicz is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as U.S. District Courts, Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
She 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.