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Elizabeth "Heidi" G. Bloch

Elizabeth “Heidi” G. Bloch is an appellate litigator who is well-known for her ability to zero in on core issues. She crafts persuasive arguments to provide clear legal paths to help her clients pursue their legal objectives.

Heidi represents clients before state and federal courts in virtually all aspects of appellate practice. She also prepares amicus curiae briefs on behalf of clients, such as industry trade groups, that are interested in, but not parties to, an appeal. Additionally, Heidi helps trial counsel preserve error through pretrial and post-trial motions, jury charge issues, and trial briefing.

Heidi thrives on research and writing, identifying creative strategies for approaching problems, using her powers of persuasion, and presenting clients’ stories in compelling ways.

Concentrations

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Construction litigation
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Sovereign immunity
  • Administrative appeals
  • Employment
  • Contract disputes

Capabilities

Experience

  • Filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, encouraging the Texas Supreme Court to decide an important issue involving finality of judgments.°
  • Persuaded Texas Supreme Court to reverse three separate cases in her clients' favor in per curiam opinions on the briefs, without oral argument.°
  • Filed amicus curiae briefs in cases before the Texas Supreme Court, including one involving a city's decision to extend employee benefits to same-sex spouses, and another dealing with the issue of whether electric cooperative corporations have statutory authority to create and own for-profit subsidiaries.°
  • Won an often-cited decision regarding the limits of a court's ability to modify arbitration awards.°
  • Represented pipeline company in $400 million lawsuit against producers and a transporter involving contract disputes. Case was settled after two Texas Supreme Court decisions on appeal.°
  • Argued several trial and appellate cases involving sovereign and governmental immunity issues against state agencies and municipalities.°
  • Won a mandamus action against a state agency requiring a SOAH hearing, which was upheld on appeal. Won an award from the resulting SOAH hearing. When the state agency refused to pay the award, filed a second mandamus action with the same result: The writ of mandamus was issued and upheld on appeal.°
  • Won claim against state agency charged with administering Medicaid for improperly handling disenrollment for low-income Social Security beneficiaries.°
  • Pursued mandamus actions against governmental officials who refused to perform their ministerial duties.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Bloch prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1996-Present
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1993-Present

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Austin Monthly, "Top Austin Attorneys," 2019 
  • Selected, Super Lawyers magazine, “Texas Super Lawyers,” 2012-2018
  • Recipient, International Municipal Lawyers Association, “Amicus Service Award,” 2018
  • Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, “Pro Bono Award,” 2011
  • Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, “Litigation Award,” 2000
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Volunteer, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS), 1985-Present
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2013-Present
  • Volunteer, National Veterans Legal Services Program, 2015-2018 
  • Chair, Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2012-2013
  • Member, Texas State Board of Legal Specialization Exam Committee for Civil Appellate Law, 2005-2007
  • Chair, Texas State Board of Legal Specialization Exam Committee for Civil Appellate Law, 2000-2005
  • Course Director, State Bar Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, 2005
  • Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow

 

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1985
    • Director, Legal Research Board
  • B.A., with honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1982
    • Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States