Nicole Heeder, Esq.
The truth about employment? Next to family, it is the most important aspect of a person’s life, her livelihood. In her practice, Nicole Heeder advocates for employees in race/ethnicity, age, disability, pregnancy, religious and gender discrimination cases, including sexual harassment and employment related torts. She also navigates through wage theft, medical leave issues, and unemployment insurance appeals cases. Justice at work!
Nicole found her calling in employment discrimination law early on in her career. While earning her degree, Nicole worked toward enhancing employee rights. In her final year of law school, Nicole transitioned from advocating for employee benefits to anti-discrimination practice and took an internship with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It was here that she became inspired to open a plaintiff’s employment law boutique. Following her dream, Nicole took a position with a solo practitioner and her inevitable mentor before hoisting the sails of her own practice dedicated to vindicating employee rights.
In recent years, Nicole has incorporated public sector labor law into her practice. Working with one of the largest member-run labor unions in California, Nicole has skillfully handled unfair practice charges, disciplinary and AWOL appeals, due process disputes and other constitutional issues. Nicole’s public sector labor experience assures her clients exceptional specialized service.
Nicole is an active member of the employment law community. Closest to her heart, in leadership at the California Lawyers Association as well as the San Diego County Bar Association, she encourages and enables the participation, education and professionalism of young attorneys, as well as access to justice. Reaching beyond the law, Nicole is active with the Lawyers Club of San Diego’s Diverse Women of Color and Community Outreach Committees, focusing on advancing the status of women in law and society.
Nicole is admitted to practice in the State Courts of California and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of California.
2021 San Diego Super Lawyer
2016 ASLA Top 40 Under 40 Labor & Employment Lawyer
2015 Best of the Bar – San Diego Business Journal
2015 Semi-Finalist San Diego Daily Transcript Top Attorney Award
2014 Finalist San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Young Attorney Award (final year of this award)
2014 Best of the Bar – San Diego Business Journal
2014 40 Under 40 – San Diego Metro Magazine
2014 Semi-Finalist for San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Attorney Award – Labor/Employment
2013 Nominee for San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Attorney Award – Labor/Employment
2013 Nominee for San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Young Attorney Award – Labor/Employment