Heather concentrates her practice in employment litigation and general business counseling. She represents employers in both federal and state court involving claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), covenants not to compete and wage claims.
Heather represents employers in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. She also counsels employers on litigation avoidance.
Additionally Heather provides training programs for clients & human resources professionals including the following topics:
Abdullah Ennin v. CNH Industrial – summary judgment granted on claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, FMLA and miscellaneous state law claims. Affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Anthony Bridges v. SVC Manufacturing, Inc.–summary judgment granted on claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Howard D. Harris v. SVC Manufacturing, Inc. et al.–summary judgment granted on race claims under Title VII.
Timothy Runyon v. Applied Extrusion Technologies, Inc.–obtained judgment as a matter of law on claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Krysten Overly v. KeyBank et al.–summary judgment granted on gender, harassment and retaliation claims under Title VII. Affirmed by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brunker v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc.–summary judgment granted on claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Jacques Jeanlouis v. Product Action International, LLC–summary judgment granted on national origin discrimination.
Michael Childers v. Product Action International, Inc.–summary judgment granted on wrongful discharge claim. Affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Deborah Mayer v. Monroe County Community School Corp, et al.— summary judgment granted on First Amendment claim and retaliation. Affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
John Gause v. Tobias Insurance Group, Inc.–action for declaratory judgment, preliminary injunction and tortious interference involving a non-solicitation clause.
Brown v. Danville Community School Corp.–summary judgment granted on sexual harassment, discrimination claims.
Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 1997
Indiana University, Bloomington, B.A., 1990
The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management, 2021
IBJ Women of Influence, 2019
Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2013-2020
Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2009, 2014–2020
Top 25 Women Attorneys in Indiana, 2016, 2017 and 2019
Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 2009
Board of Visitors, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2019-present
Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Board Member, 2016-present, Executive Committee, 2017-present
Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2014-present
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Board Member, 2016-present
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Civil Justice Committee, Chair
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana Indiana Employment Section, former Chair
Indianapolis Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee, former Chair
Defense Research Institute
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
American Bar Association
2019 American Cancer Society ResearcHERS Ambassadors
2016 W.I.S.H. Women for Make-a-Wish