With a wealth of experience in complex commercial litigation, Heather is able to assist commercial clients in all aspects of the litigation process.

Overview

Heather frequently works with financial institutions, commercial organizations and municipalities to develop effective strategies for commercial and employment-related litigation matters when millions of dollars are at stake. Additionally, Heather has worked with clients in the financial industry to document commercial loans and advise on contractual matters.

She also counsels employers on issues arising under the FLSA, Title VII, ADA, FMLA and state employment laws, in addition to conducting harassment and discrimination investigations and revising employee handbooks.

Experience

Served as national litigation counsel for a power wheelchair manufacturer.

Represented a municipal client in a breach of contract and negligence case, reaching a $12 million settlement.

Obtained a successful settlement of nearly $500,000 for a single plaintiff in an employment discrimination case.

Obtained a settlement in excess of $1 million on behalf of three plaintiffs in an age discrimination case.

Represented a banking client in a breach of contract case, reaching a multimillion dollar settlement.

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

Drafted numerous appellate briefs to state and federal courts of appeal.

Served as first chair attorney in the punitive damages phase of a jury trial resulting in $10 million in damages.

Served as first chair attorney in a federal breach of contract jury trial and reduced the client's exposure by millions of dollars.

Served as a second chair attorney in a jury trial resulting in a $1.9 million damage award for the client.

Successfully defended a judgement on appeal through briefing and oral arguments before the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Defended multiple class actions under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.

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Recognitions

Recognitions

Missouri Super Lawyers©, 2014-2019

Missouri Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2008, 2011-2013

Missouri Lawyers Weekly's Up and Coming Lawyer, 2009

KC Magazine's Top Young Attorney in MO and KS, 2008

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Bethel College Board of Directors, 2011-present

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

Practices & Industries

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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