Heather Kaiser is a part of FMJ’s employment, litigation, and nonprofit & philanthropic practices and handles a variety of employment and business-related matters, including employment advising and risk management as well as general and commercial litigation. She also has experience with residential property leases and property management agreements.
Prior to joining FMJ, Heather was a litigator for a regional insurance company. She defended businesses and individuals in construction defect and injury lawsuits and handled other insurance defense and insurance coverage matters. Heather also previously clerked for the Honorable Ann L. Alton of the Hennepin County District Court.
As part of her employment advising practice, Heather advises clients on many aspects of employment matters, including proper hiring and firing procedures, human rights issues, risk management, compliance with state and federal employment laws, unemployment, employee policies and other employment-related topics. Heather advises on and drafts employment manuals, policies and handbooks, including drug testing, social media, and electronic usage policies. Heather also advises on and drafts confidential and proprietary policies and agreements as well as negotiates hiring contracts, non-competition agreements, separation or severance agreements, and independent contractor agreements. In addition, Heather handles Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) audits and investigations by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
Heather’s litigation practice includes employment and commercial matters, including non-competition restrictions, wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment, shareholder disputes, contract disputes, trade secrets and propriety information disputes, and general commercial litigation issues. Heather has defended companies and individuals in actions by the Department of Commerce for alleged regulatory violations.
Heather has also developed training materials and teaches seminars related to employment issues such as harassment and discrimination, restrictive covenants in agreements, hot topics in employment law, and Minnesota No-Fault law. Heather has published articles in the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association’s publication, as well as Finance & Commerce.
William Mitchell College of Law (JD, 2008)
Minnesota State University, Mankato (BS, 2004)
State Bar Admissions:
State of Minnesota (2008)
Named a Minnesota “Rising Star” (an honor given to only 2.5% of lawyers in Minnesota) in 2015 and 2016.
Successfully defended a youth athletic association in a personal injury lawsuit by a parent-spectator, resulting in dismissal on summary judgment.
“FMJ’s Year-End Employment Law Update,” FMJ e-newsletter
“Time for an Employee Audit?” FMJ e-newsletter
“Employment Matters – What Minnesota Employers Need to Know,” Mill & Elevator News
“2014 Legislative Updates: Employment Law,” FMJ e-newsletter
“When Does a Business Need E&O and D&O Coverage?” Finance & Commerce
“Tips to Avoid Slips,” FMJ e-newsletter
Pro Bono Representation and Community Involvement:
Pro bono employment counsel to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer (2014 – present)
Director on a non-profit board serving the alcohol recovery community
Former high school speech and debate coach
The Rest of the Story:
Heather loves Minnesota’s great outdoors. You will find her swimming, biking, running, camping and skiing in her spare time. She enjoys spending time with her son, relaxing at her family’s cabin, and traveling. Heather is also on a quest to try all of the best burger joints in the Twin Cities.