Nancy L. Heilman

Of Counsel
Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Education
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1979

Nancy has been practicing law for more than 25 years, focusing on alternative dispute resolution, labor and employment litigation, and general commercial litigation. She has represented union and non-union manufacturing companies, construction and transportation companies, architectural firms, a national advertising agency, international businesses, private schools, banking institutions, a national magazine company, and a pharmaceutical company. She is a member of the Labor and Employment and Litigation Groups.

Nancy previously worked as a law clerk for Joseph F. Weis Jr. and Carol Los Mansmann in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for Maurice B. Cohill Jr. and Alan Bloch in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Today, she focuses on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and early neutral evaluation. She is a Federal Bar Association mediation training coach, and serves as a mediator and early neutral evaluator by appointment for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She has also served as an adjunct settlement judge for the District Court.

She defends employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including race, age, disability, and sex discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge.

She represented and obtained a favorable settlement for German clients in a national multi-party antitrust litigation, and has represented major national corporations in obtaining multimillion-dollar insurance coverage for environmental contamination.

In addition, she obtained a favorable settlement for public television entities in entertainment contract litigation; represented an Ohio manufacturer in the Ohio Supreme Court in a wrongful discharge in a violation of public policy case; and obtained a judgment as a matter of law at the close of plaintiff’s FMLA case in favor of the manufacturing client.

Nancy also litigated and successfully settled ERISA class action lawsuits brought by a union against a manufacturer.

Nancy is a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and a Law Fellow for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Judicial Evaluation Commission.

In addition, she is President Emeritus of the W. Edward Sell American Inn of Court and she was president of the University of Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Inns of Court from 2002-2004. She also serves in many capacities for the Allegheny County Bar Association, currently as president. Former roles include chair of the Judiciary Committee and member of the Labor and Employment Law Section Council and the Federal Court Section Council. She is currently a member of the Women in the Law Division, the Homer S. Brown Division, and numerous ACBA committees. She is a member of the Women in the Profession Committee for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and a member of the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania.  She is a member of the Women’s Bar Association.

Her community activities have included involvement with Career Literacy for African American Youth, the Celebration of Women at Magee Women’s Hospital, the Cultural Awards Celebration for the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Freeport Area Schools Advisory Committee.

Until recently, Nancy was a director of the Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative, a director and secretary of the Corporation for the General Church of the New Jerusalem, and a director of the Pittsburgh New Church/New Church School. She is a former director of the Alt-Med Medical Group and the Pittsburgh Savoyards.

In February 2010, Nancy was presented with the inaugural Eric W. Springer Professionalism Award by the W. Edward Sell American Inn of Court, an award for “a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.”

As a fourth-degree Moo Doe Martial Arts practitioner, Nancy was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Showin February 2008. She demonstrated movement and discussed the value of an individual’s physical, mental, and spiritual regeneration.

In 2007, she was featured in an article entitled “Action Figures” in More magazine, and in Women Partners, a publication of the Women in the Law Division, in 2006.

She has written several articles for the Cohen & Grigsby Review, including “Things Not to Say: What?! She’s Pregnant Again?;” “The Price of Retaliation Just Increased;” “If the Employee Walks, the Employer Could Take a Hit;” “Draws Against Sales Commissions: Employee Salary or Loan?;” and “Anti-Union Videos: Can Employers Make Movies?”

She has given presentations for the Cohen & Grigsby Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, the W. Edward Sell American Inns of Court, the University of Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Inns of Court and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Employment Law Institute.