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Janet L. Heins

Employment and labor Attorney at Brookfield, WI

4.1   9 reviews

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About Janet

Learn Janet’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Employment and labor
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    I practice exclusively in employment law, representing employees

    30 years, 850 cases

Employees need a strong advocate, and I enjoy using my extensive experience in employment law to help even the playing field for workers. Every day, my team successfully goes head to head with the Midwest's largest defense law firms and gets amazing results for real people. I love helping someone who felt powerless and invisible get justice from an employer who broke the law. Let my team help you today!

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One of my proudest days--being sworn into the Bar of the United States Supreme Court!
Licensed for 31 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1991
Updated 03/05/2023

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Heins Employment Law Practice LLC (HELP)
200 South Executive Drive
Suite 101
Brookfield, WI, 53005

Reviews

4.1 / 5.0
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Posted by Kim | December 20, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Janet is Great
Janet feels very strongly that no one should have to face discrimination at work. Janet cares a lot about her mission and her clients. She has the knowledge and experience to help people who are facing discrimination.
Posted by Tom | December 20, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Passionate advocate
From the first meeting, I could tell that Janet has a vast level of experience in employment law and is so passionate about employee rights. You can tell that she has walked in my shoes and can relate on a personal and professional level. She also is very good at finding the right legal precedence that fits with the specifics of a case. After hearing my plight, she didn't go right to the $$$$. She makes sure that there is a case but also let me know the difficult road ahead. Janet is a realist and not a "typical attorney" who is only in this profession for the money. I highly respect her opinion and that she was not high pressure in trying to "close the sale." She told me to go think about it and make sure the journey ahead was clear and let me decide if I wanted to move ahead. Thanks Janet for caring.
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Posted by Becky | December 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
FIGHTS FOR WHAT'S RIGHT
Janet fights for what's right and keeps on fighting for you. She really cares about her clients. Although my case is still ongoing I have no doubt that she will prevail and getting me everything that I deserve.
Posted by Brian | December 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Employment Law Attorney
My employer refused to see reason and refused to move in their position. Janet personally handled my case and we went to court and won easily.
Posted by Marilyn | June 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impervious Delivery!
I hired Janet Heins to handle my case with an employer whose actions included a retaliatory dismissal. She did a number of things right: 1) returned my initial phone call within 24 hours; other firms called back days later! 2) she and her associate met with me and gave me honest feedback as to the strength of my case 3) contacted my employer in a timely manner 4) worked with my specific needs and negotiated a settlement within two months so that I was able to move on with my life 5) handled even the small details of making the settlement effective, even after she had been paid by my employer I felt that Janet was genuinely happy to assist me and took my case seriously. I would recommend Janet Heins to anyone that has been treated unfairly by their employer.
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Posted by Betty | March 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Professional, Very Knowledgeable and hard working attorney who fights your case as if it's her own.
I came to Janet after a dreadful experience with the first lawfirm I had hired two years ago. I was absolutely devastated when my initial attorney dropped my case accusing me of asking his firm to make fraudulent claims on my behalf which was totally false. I had confronted this attorney, it was very apparent he was either way in over his head and didn't know what he was doing and/or was simply too lazy to do the work. This made me very weary of trusting another firm. I had filed a "Wrongful Discharge" against a multi billion dollar corporation. In just over five months after hiring Janet Heins my case was resolved and I am very pleased to finally have closure. Janet clearly knew the law and fought my case as if it was her own. Janet's compassion came through at our first meeting and I gained trust very quickly. I feel blessed that I found Janet and will be forever grateful. I highly recommend Janet to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2013
Gratitude for bringing a case to a close
She took over from another lawyer who had not managed to accomplish any movement. As soon as she started to represent me, there were clear indications of movement in the case - clear indications that she was completely capable and clear indications that she treated the case and me with respect and understanding. She never filed anything without consultation or anything requiring my signature and she never missed any deadlines!!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
To be determined
I had a bad experience with this Attorney, in which my case was won successfully but it's been 4 months now and I have yet received my portion of the settlement. She gives lots of excuses and she does not return my phone calls
Response from Janet Heins March 22, 2021
This client received his award in far less time and his case was successfully resolved.
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2011
Paid a lot and got very little for my money
Worst experience imaginable. Did nothing to help my case and everything to hurt it. Was not honest with me and communication was very poor. Since cutting ties, have had other attorneys review how Heins handled my case. All agree the actions of Heins were very questionable and detrimental to my case. Beware of being sold on all four attorneys working together for your benefit. It only means you are being billed by four attorneys instead of one, so the benefit is financial and it's not your benefit.
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Response from Janet Heins May 18, 2012
We resolved this matter through fee arbitration and the client indicated she was satisfied. We have, before and since, assisted our clients in very satisfactory ways and were glad to resolve this matter.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-475 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020.

Public Reprimand issued in WI, 2020
updated on 03/10/2021

Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Public Reprimand issued in WI, 2017
updated on 12/08/2017

Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Founder and Member
  • Heins Employment Law Practice LLC (HELP)
  • 2016 - Present
  • Senior Partner
  • Heins & Minko LLC
  • 1997 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • McLario, Helm & Bertling
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Ralph Adam Fine
  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District I
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Trade Practices Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Summer Associate Attorney
  • O'Connor & Thomas
  • 1991 - 1991
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Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Wisconsin, Platteville
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Bean v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., 366 F.3d 451 (7th Cir. 2004)
  • Coleman v. Milwaukee Board of School Directors, 290 F.3d 932 (7th Cir. 2002)
  • Harris-Scaggs v. Soo Line R. Co., 2 F.Supp.2d 1179 (E.D. Wis. 1998)
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Associations

  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Women Lawyers (Wisconsin)
  • Former Director
  • N/A
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Bar of the United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Women Lawyers (Wisconsin)
  • Director
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
  • Chairman
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Woman Leader in the Law
  • ALM
  • 2021
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • America's Top 100
  • 2021
  • Fellow, Inducted in 2014
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Member
  • Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society
  • 2020
  • Woman Leader in the Law
  • ALM
  • 2018
  • Member
  • Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society
  • 2018
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Service
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer in Employment Law for Employees
  • M, Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine
  • 2015
  • Leading Lawyer in Employment Law for Employees
  • M, Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine
  • 2014
  • Leading Lawyer in Employment Law for Employees
  • M, Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer in Employment Law for Employees
  • M, Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine
  • 2012
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Publications

  • American Bar Association publication
  • American Bar Association’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Mid-Winter Report
  • 2021
  • American Bar Association publication
  • American Bar Association’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Mid-Winter Report
  • 2020
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Mid-Winter Report
  • 2019
  • National Employment Lawyers Convention Manual
  • Defeating Non-Compete Agreements
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • WELA Monthly Luncheon
  • Administering the Family & Medical Leave Act in Wisconsin: Intermittent Leave
  • 2014
  • NBI Seminar
  • Plaintiff’s Guide to Employment Discrimination Litigation
  • 2014
  • NELA National Convention
  • Preparing the Plaintiff for Deposition
  • 2013
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Convention
  • Mediation Practice in State & Federal Courts of Appeal
  • 2007
  • National Employment Lawyers Convention
  • Defeating Non-Compete Agreements
  • 2007
  • Continuing Legal Education Luncheon
  • A Panel Discussion on the Legal Issues Relating To Attendance Policies and Which Impact Employees with Disabilities and Serious Health Conditions
  • 2007
  • Seventh Circuit Conference
  • Building a Business for Fun and Profit
  • 2006
  • Employment Law Conference
  • Establishing an Employment Law Firm
  • 2006
  • Monthly Luncheon
  • When You are the Firm
  • 1997
  • Monthly Luncheon
  • Employment Law Basics
  • 1997
  • Monthly Luncheon
  • Removing a Case to Federal Court
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Janet
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked with Janet for 2 ½ years at Heins Law Office. Over the course of my time there, I found Janet to be extremely knowledgeable about a wide variety of employment laws and forums, particularly federal court. Few firms are willing to “raise the stakes” and take a case through the federal court process, but Janet takes pride in doing so. As she tells her clients, she is willing to take cases “to the mat.” Her passion for employee rights is evident and her willingness to wear her heart on her sleeve is refreshing. I would recommend Janet and wish her firm well."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Janet has a genuine passion for representing employees. Throughout my experience working for her, I was inspired by her aggressive litigation style and attention to her clients' interests. She truly handles every case as if it were her own. I recommend Janet with the utmost confidence, and I am thankful for the skills and experiences I obtained while working for her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Janet is an excellent lawyer having thorough knowledge of the substantive area of her practice, including courtroom procedures and appellate practice. I would be confident if she were handling a matter for me."
Employment and labor
Employment and labor
Employment and labor