Kara L. Heikkila
Primary Practice: Labor & Employment
- J.D., cum laude, Seattle University, 1997
- B.S., Health Care Administration, with highest honors, Idaho State University, 1987
Kara has more than 25 years of experience in both human resource and attorney roles advising employers on personnel and employment law matters. Prior to attending law school, she spent eleven years in management roles in the health care industry and eventually became a regional human resource manager for a health care organization.
Today, Kara represents employers throughout the Pacific Northwest before state and federal agencies including the Idaho Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor, including its Wage and Hour Division and the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs. She regularly represents employers in employment litigation disputes, including work as panel counsel for EPLI claims.
In addition to administrative and litigation roles, Kara provides counsel and advice to employers on personnel issues including complex Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act compliance, wage and hour issues, unemployment claims, contract and handbook drafting, federal contractor compliance, and proactive audit measures. Kara is a frequent speaker on employment law topics.
Bar Admissions and Licenses:
- Licensed and admitted in all state and federal courts in Idaho, Washington, and Alaska
- Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court
- Joined Witherspoon Kelley in 2017
Speaking Engagements and Publications:
- Human Resource Network of North Idaho, Conducting Internal HR Investigations, January 2018
- Human Resource Network of North Idaho Annual Employment Conference, Legal Updates and Moderator, September 2017
- Human Resource Network of North Idaho, Employment Law Updates 2017, January 2017
- North Idaho Business Journal, Overtime Rules Face Historic Revision, October 2016
- Idaho Employment Law Conference (Idaho SHRM Council), Moderator and Coordinator of Panel on ADAAA Complex Hypotheticals and Best Practices, September 2016
- Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, FLSA Updates, September 2016
- Idaho AGC Lunch & Learn, Employment Law Updates for Construction Contractors, July 2016
- Focus Newsletter, Association of Corporate Counsel – Mountain West, Proposed Federal Regulations Would Require Annual Reporting of Employee Compensation on EEO-1 Report, April 2016
- Idaho Business Review, FLSA Revised Regulations, March and May 2016 publications
- Women’s and Children’s Alliance, Tribute to Women and Industry Award Recipient, 2014
- Chambers & Partners USA – Labor and Employment, 2013, 2015, 2016