As CDIO, Heather creates initiatives to further firm’s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in hiring, retention and attorney advancement. Heather also looks for ways to partner with our clients to meet and advance their diversity and inclusion goals. Prior to becoming CDIO, Heather served on the firm’s Diversity Committee, the firm's Women’s Business Development Committee, assisted with the summer associate program and helped create the firm’s first in-house training programs for new and lateral lawyers. She has also been involved with the Florida Diversity Council.
Heather has 20 plus years of experience focusing on management-side litigation and proactively and strategically problem-solving for employers. She also handles litigation involving confidential information and trade secrets/covenants non-compete and employment contracts. Heather’s approach focuses on the business’s bottom line and figuring out alternative resolutions to avoid litigation. This includes counseling clients on proper management of problem/underperforming employees, creating and executing in-house training programs, and coaching managers and supervisors. She also promotes claim prevention through well-drafted employment agreements, policies, handbooks and separation agreements.