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Donna Nelson Heller

Finn Dixon & Herling LLP

Stamford, CT, USA


Donna Nelson Heller is the senior member of Finn Dixon & Herling's Commercial Litigation Group.  Ms. Heller has extensive commercial litigation experience, particularly in cases involving complex contract disputes, corporate governance issues, business torts, unfair trade practices and financial fraud. She has been named a New England Super Lawyer (Connecticut) in the area of business litigation each year since 2007. Ms. Heller has also represented clients in workouts, adversary proceedings and foreclosure actions, generally from the creditors' perspective.  In addition to her litigation practice in state and federal trial and appellate courts, Ms. Heller has significant experience in arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. 

Ms. Heller is also responsible for the firm's employment litigation practice. She has defended clients against claims ranging from sexual harassment to ERISA retaliation and sued their former employees for violating restrictive covenants and stealing trade secrets. She has litigated employment cases in the state and federal courts and before the EEOC and other administrative agencies. She has also represented clients in Department of Labor investigations and conducted state-mandated sexual harassment training sessions.

Ms. Heller's professional and civic activities demonstrate her commitment to the practice of law and the greater community. She was recently elected President of the Stamford Center for the Arts. She is also the Treasurer of the Fairfield County Bar Association and the Immediate Past President of the Fairfield County Bar Foundation, having completed a three-year term as the Foundation's President. Ms. Heller has served as an attorney trial referee in the Connecticut Superior Court for nearly 20 years.  She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Professional Ethics Committee, as well as the Executive Committees of the CBA's Labor & Employment Law and Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Sections. Reflecting a personal interest in the legal needs of veterans, active-duty military and their families, Ms. Heller has been certified by the Veterans Administration to advocate on behalf of veterans in benefits proceedings.

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