Overview

Heather is Board Certified in labor and employment law and counsels employers with a focus on problem solving, litigation prevention, risk reduction and legal analysis of complex employment issues. When matters escalate to litigation, she has successfully defended employers in all areas of employment law, including claims of unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, disability and Family and Medical Leave Act violations, wage and hour and equal pay violations, as well as cases involving claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, negligent hiring, retention and supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, and breach of contract. A significant portion of her clients are in the health care industry from large hospitals to independent medical practices. Heather also frequently provides engaging and interactive employment law training for supervisors and employees. Heather is also a Certified Mediator who mediates employment-related disputes, as well as disputes involving tort, contract, negligence, medical malpractice, car accidents and personal injury.

Heather is a frequent lecturer and presenter to national, regional and local audiences including the Society for Human Resources Management’s (SHRM) national conference, the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration’s (ASHHRA) national conference, the Association for Corporate Counsel (ACA), the Florida Bar, and to other organizations of attorneys, human resources, executives, and other professionals.

Heather is also the editor of the firm's "FOCUS on women leaders" blog.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America© (2013-2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America® Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year," Jacksonville, FL (2018)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2009-2010)
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite
  • Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent® (2010-2017)

Professional & Civic Associations

  •  Federal Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Inns of Court, Barrister (2005-2007); Master (2007-present); Executive Committee (2009-present)
  • Family Foundations, Board Member (2005-2014)
  • Child Guidance Center (Board Member (2002-2007); Chair of Personnel Committee (2005-2007)
  • Jacksonville Rose Society, Board of Directors (2001-2003)
  • Wi$e Money Volunteer
  • Communities in Schools (a United Way Agency)
  • Special Olympics volunteer; Jacksonville Country Day School Parent Volunteer
  • Jacksonville Parents of Twins and Triplets ("Jackpotts")

About Me

Heather is married to John Owen and is the proud parent of twins, Jessica and John. She enjoys spoiling her children, painting, and beachcombing.

News & Analysis

Blogs & Videos

Blog Posts

  • “It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”
  • Winston Churchill

Practice Emphasis

  • Family & Medical Leave Act / Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Policy and Procedure Audits and Training
  • Mediation

Education

University of Florida College of Law

  • J.D., with Honors, 1992  

University of Florida

  • B.S., Psychology, 1989

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1993
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
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