Adam C. Gutmann



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Adam is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 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. 



More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

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.


Fifth Circuit: Six Figure Employee Entitled to Overtime [Alert]

October 14, 2021

Adam Gutmann discusses the Circuit Court's decision in Hewitt v. Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc..

Important Changes Coming to Illinois Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Law [Alert]

August 26, 2021

Adam Gutmann discusses recent amendments to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act that are set to go into effect, and apply to agreements entered into after, January 1, 2022.

Big Changes to Texas Workplace Sexual Harassment Law [Alert]

August 09, 2021

Adam Gutmann discusses changes to Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code that go into effect on September 1, 2021.

Watershed Fifth Circuit Opinion Raises Bar for FLSA Collective Actions [Alert]

January 19, 2021

Adam C. Gutmann and David L. Barron discuss the landmark ruling in Swales v. KLLM Transport Servs., LLC, wherein the court did away with the two-step Lusardi framework that most FLSA collective actions have followed for the last 33 years.

States of Flux — What Employers Need to Know About Election 2020 and New State Laws [Alert]

November 23, 2020

David Barron, Joseph Quinn, Jake Rubinstein, Di Addy Tang, Peter Ennis, Adam Gutmann, and Anne discuss various state laws that may impact employers.

Texas Unemployment Insurance Update: TWC Lists Valid Reasons for Refusing Work Amid COVID-19

May 01, 2020

Adam Gutmann explains the changes the Texas Workforce Commission made to the various reasons that workers can give to legitimately turn down available work amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Updates on Texas and Federal CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Benefits [Alert]

April 14, 2020

Adam Gutmann discusses the Texas Workforce Commission's updated guidance regarding the availability of unemployment insurance benefits, as supplemented by the federal CARES Act.

Dealing with Employee Protests and Strikes due to COVID-19 Concerns [Alert]

April 09, 2020

Adam Gutmann discusses what employers should do when employees strike, participate in sickouts, or request PPE or to work from home due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Struck Down by Federal Court

April 01, 2020

Adam Gutmann discusses the preliminary injunction stopping the enforcement of the ordinance enacted by the City of Dallas last year that would have required many Dallas employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

COVID-19 and Texas Unemployment Insurance Benefits — Key Issues and Critical Updates [Alert]

March 20, 2020

Adam Gutmann details the changes employers and employees need to know about collecting Texas unemployment benefits.

Court Finds Implied Wrongful Discharge Cause of Action Under PA Medical Marijuana Act [Alert]

January 30, 2020

George Voegele and Adam Gutmann discuss the Palmiter v. Commonwealth Health Systems, et al., case and what employers in Pennsylvania need to know.

NJ Court of Appeals OKs Reimbursement of Employee Medical Marijuana Costs [Alert]

January 22, 2020

Adam C. Gutmann discusses the decision in Hager v. M & K Constr and the nationwide trend towards broad acknowledgement of the peaceful coexistence of states' medical marijuana law and federal law.

DOL Changes FLSA Joint Employer Rule [Alert]

January 15, 2020

Adam Gutmann discusses the differences between vertical and horizontal joint employment as outlined by the DOL's new guidance.

Tenth Circuit: ADA Rights and Obligations Can Be Triggered in Subtle Ways [Alert]

October 28, 2019

Adam Gutmann discusses the Tenth Circuit's decision in Mestas v. Town of Evansville and how employers should react when an employee asks for assistance that could serve as a request for accommodation.

DOL Announces Increased Salary Levels for White Collar Overtime Exemptions [Alert]

September 30, 2019

Adam Gutmann discusses the update to the regulations setting the thresholds for the EAP employee overtime exemptions.

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...


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

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch 2021 and 2022

  • Texas

Houston Bar Association – Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics Committees

The Center – Young Professionals Group