Ford & Harrison Adds New Attorney to Melbourne Office – Heather L. MacDougall Joins Firm

Date   Mar 14, 2011
Ford & Harrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Heather L. MacDougall as of counsel in the firm's Melbourne office. Previously, MacDougall was a partner in the Indianapolis-based law firm, Baker & Daniels, LLP.  In addition, MacDougall 's experience includes serving as corporate counsel with Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and Firestone Diversified Products, LLC, with offices in both Indianapolis, Indiana and Nashville, Tennessee.  

MacDougall represents employers with regard to all matters involving labor, employment, and occupational safety and health law.  A substantial portion of her time is spent counseling and representing companies in traditional labor relations, EEO discrimination charges and litigation, and OSHA citations.  As a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), she provides proactive counseling and guidance to employers on every aspect of the employer-employee relationship.

MacDougall's experience includes being appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Chief Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission, the independent federal agency that serves as an administrative court deciding contested OSHA citations. She also served as associate general counsel of a Washington, DC trade association representing the senior human resources executives of Fortune 500 corporations concerned with improving labor, employment, and workforce policies and practices.

MacDougall also has significant expertise in the representation of national trade associations appearing as amici curiae and of the legislative and regulatory environment affecting employers. She received her J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 1994.

"We are very fortunate to add Heather to our team," said Andy Hament, managing partner of Ford & Harrison's Melbourne office. "I believe her extensive OSHA background and her labor and employment experience will be a valuable asset to our clients, both in Florida and nationwide."