Overview

Heidi A. Nadel is a Portland trial attorney with 20 years of experience representing companies and individuals in complex business disputes, as well as in shareholder and governance litigation, derivative suits and intellectual property litigation. She has tried and arbitrated dozens of cases in state and federal court, before regulatory bodies and in private arbitration.

Ms. Nadel is often called upon to lead high-stakes litigation and bet-the-company cases for clients of all sizes and across many industries. She prepares each case from Day One to win at trial, understanding this is the best way to achieve the most favorable result whether the case ultimately tries or not.

Ms. Nadel also has worked on nearly 100 appeals in state and federal courts across the country and is well-versed both in preserving issues for appeal in the trial court and in all aspects of appellate practice. She is often retained to work as appellate counsel or consulting counsel on appeals.

Before joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Nadel owned her own East Coast firm and was a partner at a Boston trial firm.

Experience

  • Represented trustee, executor and shareholder in complex litigation alleging conflict of interest, self-dealing and corporate wrongdoing by the co-trustee, co-executor and president of a close corporation
  • Successfully defended professional trustee against a claim of breach of fiduciary duty in a dispute between siblings over the ownership and management of a family business
  • Obtained multimillion dollar settlement for beneficiary of trust who objected to accounting and raised various breach of fiduciary claims against fiduciary
  • Achieved removal of a trustee based on breach of fiduciary duty and self-dealing
  • Represented family members in high-profile will contest dispute with surviving stepparent across multiple jurisdictions
  • Demonstrated undue influence in creation of father's will and had the will deemed invalid on behalf of beneficiary in dispute between siblings over the disposition of father's estate

  • Represented 50 percent owners in a deadlock situation in a sophisticated freeze-out and breach of fiduciary duty dispute, alleging direct and derivative claims against shareholders, directors and officers of corporation
  • Defended a majority shareholder against alleged freeze-out and wrongful termination claims filed by a minority shareholder
  • Successfully represented a general partner and majority limited partners against allegations of self-dealing, mismanagement and waste
  • Represented the trustee, executor and shareholder in complex litigation alleging conflict of interest, self-dealing and corporate wrongdoing by the co-trustee, co-executor and president of a close corporation
  • Won one of the largest jury verdicts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of an oppressed minority shareholder in a close corporation and trade secret dispute

Credentials

Education
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
  • Oregon
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
Honors & Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Top Women of Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2017
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2018
  • Top Women Attorney in Massachusetts, Boston Magazine, 2014
  • Rising Star, Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2011
  • Up & Coming Lawyers, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2008

Publications

Speaking Engagements