With vast experience in complex commercial litigation, Heather skillfully navigates all stages of dispute resolution for her clients.

Overview

Heather's experience litigating a wide variety of legal disputes gives her a broad knowledge base to draw upon when handling litigation matters for her clients. Whether she is defending manufacturers against product liability claims, aircraft manufacturers against supplier claims, property owners in real estate disputes, or businesses and financial institutions in contract disputes, Heather endeavors to listen carefully to her clients' needs and find the most practical solutions to their problems. Her composed and pragmatic approach to litigation ensures that her clients obtain the best possible results in the most cost-effective manner.

She also counsels employers on issues arising under state and federal employment laws, in addition to conducting harassment and discrimination investigations and revising employee handbooks. Heather's past experience representing plaintiffs in employment disputes gives her an edge in defending her clients in employment cases.

Experience

Business Litigation

Defended aviation client against claims arising from corrosion discovered in fleet of pre-owned aircraft.

Represented client in a breach of contract and negligence case arising from failed repair of gas turbine, reaching a settlement in excess of $10 million.

Financial Services Litigation

Represented a banking client in claims arising from breach of participation agreement, reaching a multimillion dollar settlement.

Represented lenders in various claims for violation of Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) brought by state attorney general and private plaintiffs.

Product Liability Litigation

Served as national litigation counsel for a power wheelchair manufacturer for product liability claims.

Real Estate Litigation

Represented property owners in an inverse condemnation case through trial and appeal, reaching a $3 million jury verdict in favor of the client.

Obtained damage verdict in excess of $10 million in favor of client in nuisance case.

Employment Litigation

Obtained successful settlements in single and multiple plaintiff employment discrimination cases.

Successfully defended claims for unpaid overtime under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Successfully negotiated with Department of Labor (DOL) to address unpaid overtime claims.

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Recognitions

Recognitions

Missouri Super Lawyers©, 2014-2020

Missouri Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2008, 2011-2013

Missouri Lawyers Weekly's Up and Coming Lawyer, 2009

KC Magazine's Top Young Attorney in Missouri and Kansas, 2008

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Bethel College Board of Directors, 2011-present

  • Chair, 2015 - 2016
  • Vice Chair, 2013 - 2014

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1999

Bethel College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1996

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