Jeffrey S. Heller

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Offices Houston
Phone 713.588.7039
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Jeff is of counsel in the Vorys Houston office and a member of the labor and employment group.

Before joining Vorys, Jeff was an attorney at BP America Inc. (and Amoco Corp.) for 28 years. During his time at BP, he worked in both the Chicago and Houston offices for the company.  At the time of his retirement, he was associate general counsel for labor and employment law as well as BP’s alternative energy businesses.  He served as a member of the company’s global legal and global HR leadership teams for many years.  He also managed BP’s US legal offices for the last seven years of his career.  His legal practice at BP was global in scope.  He managed teams in Houston, Chicago, London, Anchorage, Los Angeles, and Sao Paulo. 

Prior to BP, Jeff was an associate and partner at Seyfarth in Chicago where he was engaged in employment and traditional labor law. He argued several cases in the federal appellate courts, tried cases in federal court, and handled numerous labor arbitrations and collective bargaining negotiations.

Jeff has experience in many areas.  His focus during the past 15 years has been ethics and compliance; investigation protocols and complex or sensitive internal investigations; executive employment agreements, executive separation and executive compensation issues; benefit plan fiduciaries and handling complex benefits litigation; data privacy (US and global); wage and hour policies; co-employment;  labor relations; human resources policies; and employment litigation.  

Jeff is also actively involved in the ABA Labor and Employment Law (LEL) Section.  He is a past co-chair of the ABA LEL Annual Conference, the largest CLE event for labor and employment lawyers.  He also served for five years as a program chair for the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee.  He has been a frequent speaker at many ABA and other CEL training programs including the ABA Annual Meeting. his recent speaking appearances have covered topics such as cross-jurisdictional law practice, employment law aspects for managing crises and disasters, whistle blowing, implementing effective internal policies for handling whistleblowers and sexual harassment, and global immigration law. 

He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the fifth, seventh and D.C. Circuits, the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Jeff received his J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the articles editor for the Cornell Law Review.  Upon graduation, he was a law clerk for the Hon. Richard D. Cudahy in the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 

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