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2014 Trusted Advisers Lawyer: Craig Heidemann

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For Craig Heidemann, being a trusted adviser is all about keeping an open door and always striving to make a positive impact.

“As a litigator, clients come to me during the worst of times. It’s up to me to quickly sort out their issues and propose a positive solution that gives them as much certainty and comfort in the midst of uncertain and uncomfortable circumstances,” Heidemann says.

“I accomplish this difficult goal through insightful analysis, timely and accurate advice and relentless follow-through, all in the context of each client’s individual values, goals, objectives and budgetary constraints.”

Over the years, Heidemann has assisted thousands of clients, developing his focus in employment law.

He says it’s challenging for many administrators of small businesses – and some large ones, too – to navigate federal and state rules related to education, policies and practices in the employment law arena.

“I have an open door policy with my clients where they can contact me on very short notice to get quick, straight answers to a wide variety of employment law related questions in real time as often as needed,” Heidemann says.

Some of the most significant cases he has been involved in include results that garnered multimillion-dollar judgments for clients, such as Wilhoite v. Social Services, for $15.5 million; Mercer v. TCM, for $4 million; and Sherrell v. Great Southern Bank, for $2.5 million.

In 2013, Heidemann’s law firm generated between $2.6 million and $3.6 million in revenue, and his individual annual billing approached $1 million.

“Early in my career, I committed myself to take a holistic approach to counseling my clients, giving them frank, honest, timely advice concerning their decisions and challenges affecting the businesses they’ve invested their lives and passions into,” Heidemann says.

“I’ve measured my success by results and repeat clients, and in that respect, feel my clients could call me their ‘trusted adviser.’”

Outside of the office, Heidemann has given back to the community through service to several organizations, including Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Real Encounter Outreach Ministries, Springfield Victory Mission and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation. He also is a licensed private pilot and past member of the Professional Photographers of America and United States Polo Association.

“We talk a lot about everyone’s entitlement to health care, but fewer realize that we all have basic needs for ‘judicare’, or legal services,” Heidemann says of his more than a decade of work with Legal Services of Southern Missouri.

“LSSM is in the trenches delivering quality legal services to Missourians who need it most.”

Heidemann’s work has earned him numerous honors such as inclusion in National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers-Missouri.

He also was named a Rising Star by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers.[[In-content Ad]]

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