200 West Forsyth Street
Suite 1700
Jacksonville, Florida 32202-4317T: 904.357.2648

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis

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

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1993
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida


University of Florida College of Law

  • J.D., with Honors, 1992  

University of Florida

  • B.S., Psychology, 1989


Heather A. Owen

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

--Winston Churchill

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.

Awards & Recognition

  • 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-Hubbell AV Preeminent® (2010-2017)

Professional Activities/Associations

  • The Florida Bar (Member Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Certified Mediator
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Inns of Court (Barrister 2005-2007; Master 2007 to present; Executive Committee 2009 to present including Co-Chair of Membership Committee, Counselor, and Achieving Excellence Chair)

Civic/Charitable Activities/Associations

  • Family Foundations (Board member 2005 – 2014 holding the positions of Board Chair, Vice-Chair, Chair of Advisory Committee, and Chair of Marketing and Public Relations Committee)
  • Child Guidance Center (Board member 2002-2007, Chair of Personnel Committee 2005-2007)
  • Wi$e Money Volunteer
  • Communities in Schools (a United Way Agency)
  • Take Stock in Children (mentor program, 1995-2000)
  • Jacksonville Rose Society (Board of Directors 2001-2003)
  • Special Olympics volunteer; Jacksonville Country Day School Parent Volunteer
  • Jacksonville Parents of Twins and Triplets ("Jackpotts")

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

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