I have been a vigorous advocate for employees since 1985. The previous five years I worked in a big law firm and represented employers. I acquired a good sense of how bosses think & feel and how “corporations” act, behave and misbehave . . .
I helped found a group of lawyers dedicated to employee rights. Seven of us started the National Employment Lawyers Association and has grown to over 4,000 lawyers nationwide who represent employees. In addition to a law degree, I have a Masters in Computer Science and I helped found a computer law section of the State Bar Association.
To help lawyers learn how to make employers thirsty to settle cases, I authored a book titled The Balancing Act: Settlement vs. Trial, (Beaverâ€™s Pond Press 2/8/2000).
Iâ€™ve also written a pamplet about my unique practice of ghost-writing letters for employees who donâ€™t want a lawsuit OR who were terminated for office politics or unfairness. It is available from me directly, but only if you represent employees exclusively.
I speak to hundreds of people each year about the how U.S. courts are based on law, not justice – and how they can be nudged toward fairness.
I have written two novels that are not law-related: Strangely Familiar deals with empathy and â€œthinking backwardsâ€ as methods of solving mysteries. It is nearing publication. The Price You Pay deals with the emotional cost of sexual harassment, but it remains unpublished, on the shelf.
Heikens, The Balancing Act: Settlement vs. Trial, (Beaverâ€™s Pond Press 2/8/2000),Â subtitled â€œYou can lead a horse to Water, but â€¦ your job is to make him Thirstyâ€.
Chapters Contributed to books of Others
â€œTrial Strategyâ€ Â Chapter in Tobias, Litigating Wrongful Discharge Cases, Callaghan Co., (1987)
â€œRace discrimination and jury trialsâ€ section in NELA, Employee Rights: Practice and Procedure,Â Matthew Bender (1991)
â€œEnding the Tyranny of At-will Employment,â€ Minnesota Trial Lawyer, Fall 2003
â€œImproving Settlement Success,â€ Employee Rights Quarterly 2000
â€œEvaluating and Proving Emotional Pain.â€ Inside Employee Rights June 1997
â€œSettlement Tacticsâ€ Inside Employee Rights June 1999
â€œTo Hell and Backâ€ Law and PoliticsÂ February 1998
â€œDepression: One Lawyerâ€™s Experience.â€Â MSBA, Bench & Bar April 1996
A partial listing from over 300 speeches to over 45,000 Attorneys, judges, executives and managers about employee rights and obligations:
â€œFlesh, Hormones & Other Workplace Entanglements. Who should say No?â€ – Minneapolis, 1987, 1993, 2000
â€œSettlement Strategies â€“ Through Your Opponentâ€™s Looking Glassâ€ – Vail, 2003
â€œShrinking, Inflating and Balancing EXPECTATIONSâ€ – NELA, New Orleans, 2011
â€œWhistleblowing on Workplace Bulliesâ€ – NELA, Minnesota, 2012
â€œAn Ounce of Preventionâ€¦ Negligence Theories In Employment Law” -Â Minneapolis, 1996, 2002
â€œCross-Examining Expert Economists,â€ – American Bar Association, San Diego, 1990
â€œTo Contract or Not To Contract,â€ – MSBA/MTLA, St. Paul, 1986
â€œEvaluating Emotional Pain and its Translation,â€- MTLA, St Cloud, 1997
â€œYou can lead a horse to Water, but â€¦ your job is to make him Thirsty.â€ – PELA-NELA, Monterrey, 1997 Captiva Island 1987, New Orleans 1999, Minneapolis 2006
“Training Fortune 500 Companies on What Is Sexual Harassment and What Must be Done.” – Several cities, several years