Heather Zimmer is an associate in Herrick’s Litigation Department, where she focuses her practice on a wide range of issues in complex commercial litigation, representing clients in both state and federal courts, as well as avenues of alternative dispute resolution. Heather regularly advises clients, including business partners, limited liability companies, financial institutions, real estate investors, international clothing distributors, fashion brands, condominium sponsors, and commercial real estate and investment firms, and helps them navigate complex disputes and government investigations on matters pertaining to corporate law, employment litigation and counseling, real estate, intellectual property, and bankruptcy.

As a law student, Heather held various legal internships, including with the King’s County District Attorney’s Office and the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She also held a summer internship with the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where she gained experience in matters involving the False Claims Act; Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA); the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).

The record-breaking winter storm that hit Texas in February led to an unprecedented demand for electricity, which the state’s electric utilities were not able to satisfy at pre-storm price levels. Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”), a non-profit that manages the state’s electric grid and sets the wholesale price of electricity, initiated rolling blackouts and set electric prices to the market cap of $9,000 per megawatt hour. The increase in wholesale electric prices also pushed consumer prices to astronomical levels: one Texas customer was billed nearly $17,000 for electricity in February.

Weeks after Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. filed for chapter 11, Griddy Energy LLC joined it after suffering similar financial losses. The Griddy filing was precipitated by the increase in energy prices during the winter storm and later lawsuits by Griddy’s customers and the Attorney General of Texas stemming from these price hikes. Griddy intends to release customers from their unpaid electricity bills in exchange for releases from liability.
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