Richard T. Heiden, Esquire
Born: Norwalk, Connecticut, August 2, 1965; admitted to Florida Bar, November 11,1991. Admitted to practice before all Florida courts, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, United States Supreme Court; Certified Circuit Court Mediator for all Circuits in Florida; Arbitrator in the Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts in Florida
Education: University of Florida (B.S.B.A., with honors, 1987); Stetson University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1991). Winner of numerous awards in moot court. Member: Stetson College of Law Moot Court Board
Member: Florida Bar Association, American Bar Association, 1992 to present; Clearwater Bar Association; Academy of Trial Lawyers of America; Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Judicial Clerkships: Law Clerk for Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County, Florida, 1990.
Professional Activities: Invited "Guest Lecturer" at Stetson College of Law on Trial Practice and Effective Use of Depositions and Civil Procedure; Yearly invited judge at local and national moot court competitions held at Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL
Personal: Married, with three children.
Mr. Heiden has extensive experience in all types of business and commercial litigation. Mr. Heiden has handled a variety of cases through traditional court litigation as well as alternative dispute resolutions, mediations and arbitrations. Mr. Heiden is a former shareholder of one of Pinellas County 's most prestigious law firms. Prior members of his former firm include a sitting judge and other prestigious lawyers within the community.
Mr. Heiden has handled a diverse array of cases including employment law, sexual harassment, age discrimination, gender discrimination, ethnicity discrimination, religious discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, reasonable accommodation complaints under the Fair Housing Act, whistle blower cases under the False Claims Act, wage and hour disputes, overtime disputes, Family Medical Leave Act disputes, contract disputes, partnership disputes, joint venture disputes, covenants not to compete, restrictive covenants, environmental law, CERCLA cases, petroleum tank issues, state environmental cleanup cases, land use disputes, easement disputes, trespass and nuisance suits, defamation cases, libel and slander, landmark cases in public records law and the right to access governmental records without restriction, class actions, product liability suits, wrongful death suits and personal injury cases, construction litigation, condemnation cases, homeowners' association disputes, real estate transactions, buy-sell agreements, unfair and deceptive trade practice lawsuits, collections, toxic torts, insurance disputes, bank litigation including foreclosure suits, and sinkhole litigation against the state's largest insurers.