Zenobia Harris Bivens

Background

Zenobia Harris Bivens is a trial attorney that moved back home to Texas after graduating from Northwestern University School of Law. Her practice focuses primarily on commercial business litigation, including oil and gas, contract, and securities litigation; qui tam litigation; and white collar criminal defense. At the start of her career, Zenobia clerked for the Hon. Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and for the Hon. Justice Dale Wainwright (ret.) of the Texas Supreme Court.

Representative Matters

  • Representing Houston-area corporation and entrepreneur in oil & gas property dispute.
  • Representing plaintiff in breach of contract case against former partners of an international software corporation.
  • Representing whistleblower in an FCA case against a multinational banking and financial services holding company.
  • Representing whistleblower in an FCA case and argued and won motion for summary judgment in favor of plaintiff, avoiding dismissal of multimillion dollar FCA claims against largest long-term healthcare facility in the United States.
  • Representing hospital employee in breach of contract and DTPA case against insurance provider.
  • Represented service member and obtained dismissal of eviction claims filed against him during deployment.
  • Represented Houston-area entrepreneur and obtained dismissal of DTPA, fraud, and breach of contract claims.
  • Represented defendant engineering, procurement, and construction company in AAA arbitration, resulting in an arbitration award, dismissing more than $200 million in claims against defendant.
  • Represented defendant charged with numerous regulatory violations that resulted from harassment by police officers. Certain charges were dismissed and defendant obtained an award of summary judgment on remaining charges.
  • Represented a multinational petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company, resulting in summary judgment of certain claims and, later, a jury verdict in favor of defendant.
  • Argued before the Second Circuit and Fifth Circuit United States Courts of Appeal.

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • The University of Alabama, M.A. Communication Studies, summa cum laude
  • West Texas A & M University, B.S. Mass Communications – Broadcasting, magna cum laude

Clerkships

  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable Dale Wainwright, Texas Supreme Court

Associations and Honors

  • Intern to the Honorable Xavier Rodriguez, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division
  • Legal Extern to former U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Chicago, Illinois
  • Vinson & Elkins Pro Bono Service Award, 2012
  • President-Elect, West Texas A&M University Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Member and Judicial Screening Committee, Association of Women Attorneys
  • Volunteer, Bel Inizio: The Race for a Better Life

Admissions

  • Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas

Publications

Harris, Zenobia V., Breaking the Dress Code: Protecting Transgender Students, Their Identities, & Their Rights, 13 Scholar 149 (2010).

Harris, Zenobia V., Andrew Napolitano, Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race & Freedom in America (book review), 96 Journal of African American History 1, 109 (Winter 2011).