Biography

Heidi represents and advises corporations in complex business matters in the areas of securities, contract, consumer fraud, product liability, employment, Lanham Act, business slander, unfair competition, false advertising, statutory compliance and violations, insurance, and negligence.

Co-chair of the firm's Class Actions group, Heidi is an experienced litigator and trial attorney who provides strategic guidance and solutions to clients in commercial litigation disputes, with a particular focus on class actions.

Heidi has a successful track record of employing strategies for early, favorable disposal of claims, as well as litigating matters through trial. She also advises companies on risk assessment, product liability prevention, contract negotiation, warranty issues, document retention matters and media relations.

Representative Matters

  • Hagen v. McAlpine & Co. — Representing McAlpine & Co. Ltd. and Mountain Accessories, Inc. in a class action in Minnesota alleging negligence and breach of warranty in connection with allegedly defective plumbing valves.
  • In Re: HardiePlank Fiber Cement Siding Litigation — Representing James Hardie in a multidistrict litigation alleging violations of state consumer protection statutes and breach of warranty claims in connection with advertising and allegedly defective siding.
  • Spade v. Select Comfort Corp. — Representing Select Comfort Corporation in a class action in New Jersey alleging technical violations of local furniture regulations related to language in its sales documents.
  • Marks v. Andersen — Representing Andersen Windows in a federal consumer class action filed in Massachusetts alleging violations of state consumer protection statutes and breach of warranty claims in connection with its advertising and allegedly defective windows. Successfully defended Andersen Corporation from similar claims in Minnesota, Ohio and Virginia.
  • Sleepy’s v. Select Comfort Corporation — Representing Select Comfort Corporation in a case venued in federal court in New York alleging claims of breach of contract, unfair competition, false advertising and slander related to a dealer agreement. The plaintiff was seeking in excess of $200 million in damages. Obtained a defense verdict for Select Comfort at trial, which was affirmed in part and vacated in part by the Second Circuit. The case is currently pending on remand.
  • Taiyo International v. Phyto Tech Corp d/b/a/ Blue California — Representing Blue California in a Minnesota case in which the plaintiff is alleging breach of a settlement agreement stemming from unfair competition and false advertising claims related to a health supplement it manufactures.
  • Simon v. Select Comfort — Representing Select Comfort Corporation in a Missouri case alleging personal injuries in connection with an alleged product defect.
  • Mueller v. SPX Corporation — Obtained dismissal of claims against SPX Corporation in a federal consumer class action filed in Minnesota alleging violations of state consumer protection statutes and breach of warranty claims in connection with its advertising and allegedly defective plumbing systems.
  • Gilbert v. Select Comfort — Obtained dismissal for Select Comfort Corporation in a class action venued in Washington alleging improper over-collection of state taxes.
  • Boland v. Select Comfort — Obtained dismissal of a case and striking of class claims in a matter brought against Select Comfort Corporation in a purported consumer class action in Pennsylvania alleging violations of state consumer protection statutes and breach of warranty claims in connection with its advertising and alleged selling of refurbished beds.
  • Carey v. Select Comfort — Obtained dismissal of claims in matters brought against Select Comfort Corporation in a consumer class action in Minnesota alleging violations of state consumer protection statutes and breach of warranty claims in connection with its advertising and allegedly defective beds. Successfully defended similar claims brought by individual plaintiffs in several states.
  • Stearns v. Select Comfort — Obtained dismissal of claims in matters brought against Select Comfort Corporation in a consumer class action in Minnesota alleging violations of state consumer protection statutes and breach of warranty claims in connection with its advertising and allegedly defective beds.
  • Nadeau v. S&C Electric Company — Successfully defended S&C Electric Company in a case venued in Minnesota alleging that its underground pad-mounted switch gear was defective, causing an arc-flash that injured an electric company employee. Obtained voluntary dismissal before discovery was completed with no payment to plaintiff.
  • Broberg v. U.S. Legal Services Group — Successfully defended U.S. Legal Services Group and Apex Legal Group in a class action alleging violations of Minnesota and federal statutes in connection with alleged advertising and solicitation of debt settlement services.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox, Heidi was a partner at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP.

While in law school, she was an associate editor of the William Mitchell Law Review.

Heidi attended the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in 1995.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Heidi is a veteran of the Psychological Operations unit in the United States Army Reserves.

Honors & Awards

  • Included in a list of "Women’s Super Lawyers" in the Minnesota Women’s Edition of Super Lawyers Magazine (2016)
  • Included in a list of “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2015-2016)
  • Recipient, William Mitchell Burton Brief Award for Excellence in Legal Writing