Representing businesses and nonprofits with excellence and integrity

 

PRACTICE
AREAS

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

 

Helping clients favorably resolve disputes with efficiency and in a manner that keeps the client's primary objectives in focus.  The firm's experience includes pre-litigation negotiations and mediation all the way up through state or federal court trials and appellate work.

CORPORATE LAW

 

Services include business formation, corporate filings, and drafting and negotiating key client contracts.

NONPROFIT BOARD GOVERNANCE

 

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PRACTICE
AREAS

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

 

Helping clients favorably resolve disputes with practicality, creativity, and in a manner that keeps the client's primary objectives in focus. Firm experience extends from pre-litigation settlement negotiations and mediation all the way through trial and appeal

CORPORATE LAW

 

Business formation, corporate filings, drafting and negotiating key client contracts, and counseling in critical decisions that carry high potential legal and/or negative PR exposure.

NONPROFIT BOARD GOVERNANCE

 

Advising, consulting, drafting, revising, and providing training to boards on articles of incorporation, bylaws, board policies and other best practices in governance.

INVESTIGATIONS

 

Conducting independent, third-party investigations into allegations of corporate malfeasance, including breaches of ethics, conflict of interest, and sexual misconduct.

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Counseling clients in matters of compliance, policy/handbook development and revision, investigations, negotiating separation agreements, and  litigation

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

 

Nonprofit formation, best practices in maintaining tax-exempt status, conducting charitable work overseas, and compliance with international grantmaking rules and other OFAC regulations

INTERNATIONAL LAW

 

Representing foreign-based clients in disputes with US entities, including contract disputes governed by the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), cross-border discovery disputes, taking discovery abroad, and representing foreign clients at trial

PRACTICE
AREAS

 

About Josh Heidelman 

Mr. Heidelman brings a breadth of experience to the table, having spent several years in private practice at AmLaw 100 law firms followed by more than five years in the role of General Counsel for a major global nonprofit.  This combination brings together the benefits of an in-house veteran who understands the need for practical business solutions and a hands-on litigator whose experience includes first-chair federal court trial work. 

Representative experience

  • Employment law

    • Assisting and advising in internal workplace investigations involving alleged employee misconduct

    • Counseling towards litigation avoidance; negotiating separation agreements where necessary

    • Analysis, drafting, and revision of employment policies and handbooks 

    • Defending employers in litigation including Title VII, ADEA, and FMLA litigation

    • Representing employers in trade secret and noncompete litigation
       

  • Commercial disputes and litigation: representative matters

    • Served as lead trial counsel for Italian steel fabricator in federal court jury trial of dispute related to manufacture of derrick structures for natural gas field in Qatar

    • Represented French importer of gourmet stocks in challenge to tariff classification; obtained favorable appellate verdict in U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

    • Represented German pharmaceutical manufacturer in action against former U.S. distributor involving claims of breach of contract, trademark infringement, and unfair competition

    • Represented German crane manufacturer in dispute with former U.S. distributor involving claims of breach of contract and trademark infringement

    • Served as lead trial counsel in federal court bench trial of Nigerian national’s defense of Petition brought under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

    • Represented limited partner in dispute over valuation of commercial real estate
       

  • Nonprofits and churches 

    • Counseling in best practices towards maintaining tax-exempt status​

    • Advising leadership in high-risk decisions with significant potential legal and negative PR exposure 

    • Strategies for engaging in charitable work overseas with and through local NGOs 

    • International grantmaking programs and OFAC compliance
       

  • Nonprofit Board Governance ​

    • Drafting and revision of ​bylaws, articles of incorporation, and board policies

    • Training new and existing board members in board member duties and obligations

    • Consulting boards in compliance and best practices in governance​​​

    • Board elections and nominating committee

Education

  • Notre Dame Law School, JD, magna cum laude

  • Wheaton College, BA, summa cum laude

Bar/Court Admissions and Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar)

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

  • Illinois State Bar Association

  • Christian Legal Society

Publications and Speaking engagements
 

  • Legal/Regulatory Challenges in International Work, workshop seminar at national conference, 2020

  • Sex and Religion, Your Attorney's Perspective, workshop seminar at national conference co-presented with J. Wylie, 2019

  • Contracts Common to Nonprofits, workshop seminar at national conference, 2018

  • Attorney-Client Privilege and Former Directors and Officers, co-authored with M. Schrier, published by the ABA Committee on Commercial and Business Litigation, Aug. 26, 2011

 

CONTACT
 

Heidelman Law Firm, PC

1S376 Summit Ave., STE 3C, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181​

Email:  jheidelman@heidelmanlaw.com

EMPLOYMENT LAW

  • Compliance counseling

  • Policy/handbook development and revision

  • Investigations

  • Negotiating separation agreements

  • Litigation

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

 

  • Best practices in maintaining tax-exempt status

  • Conducting charitable work overseas

  • Compliance with international grantmaking rules and other OFAC regulations

  • Nonprofit formation and corporate filings

INTERNATIONAL LAW

 

Representing foreign-based clients in disputes with US entities, including contract disputes governed by the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), cross-border discovery disputes, taking discovery abroad, and representing foreign clients at trial

INVESTIGATIONS

 

Conducting independent, third-party investigations into allegations of corporate malfeasance, including breaches of ethics, conflict of interest, and sexual misconduct

NONPROFIT BOARD GOVERNANCE

 

  • Advising, consulting, drafting and revising articles of incorporation, bylaws, and board policies

  • Training and consulting with boards on board member duties, obligations, and other governance best practices 

BUSINESS/CORPORATE

 

  • Business formation and corporate filings

  • Drafting and negotiating key client contracts

  • Counseling in critical decisions that carry high potential legal and/or negative PR exposure

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

 

Helping clients favorably resolve disputes with practicality, creativity, and in a manner that keeps the client's primary objectives in focus. Firm experience extends from pre-litigation settlement negotiations and mediation all the way through trial and appeal

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