Heidi Leithead-Villa

Of Counsel

Direct: 801.257.7925
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Top 50 corporate women attorney
EDUCATION
  • 1987, J.D., University of Utah, Order of the Coif, Research Editor, Utah Law Review

  • 1982, B.A., cum laude, University of Utah

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • 1987Utah

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • Master of the Bench, Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court

  • Utah State Bar, Employment Law Section

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Heidi Leithead-Villa

Of Counsel

Direct: 801.257.7925
Email:

Heidi Leithead-Villa has been an associate and then a shareholder of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless for 31 years. In 2018, she transitioned to an Of Counsel position. She served as President of the Firm from 2012 to 2013.  She has spent 30 years counseling employers on various issues relating to employment law and personnel management and has presented at numerous seminars on various employment-related topics. 

She advises both public and private employers in the areas of employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; disability accommodation issues; employment policies and practices; disciplinary action and documentation; employee leave laws; plant closures and restructuring; protection of trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information through the use of confidentiality, noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and employee invention agreements; wage and hour laws; whistleblower laws; and other employment-related issues. She represents both public and private employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

Ms. Leithead-Villa received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Utah and went on to receive her J.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law, where she was awarded the Order of the Coif and Leary Scholar academic designations and served as a staff member and on the Board of Editors of the Utah Law Review. 

Ms. Leithead-Villa resides in Helena, Montana, with her husband, Arthur M. Villa, and divides her time between offices in Salt Lake City and Helena.

Memberships:

Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court (former)

  • Master of the Bench
  • President, 2012-2013

Utah State Bar, Employment Law Section
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Recognition:

Ms. Leithead-Villa was named the 2013 Christine M. Durham Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers of Utah. In 2012, she was appointed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Workers Compensation Fund, now Workers Compensation Mutual Insurance Company. She recently was re-elected to an additional four-year term on that Board and serves on the Board’s Risk Oversight Committee.

Ms. Leithead-Villa was a Master of the Bench and also served as President of the Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court for 2012/2013 and as an Adjunct Professor, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (Employment Discrimination Law) from 2010-11 through 2012-13 academic years. She also has been included in Utah’s Legal Elite, 2002-present, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-present, and in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers and has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating.

Reported Cases:

  • Boswell v. SkyWest Airlines, Inc., 381 F.3d 1263 (10th Cir. 2004)
  • SCFC ILC, Inc. v. Visa USA, Inc., 36 F.3d 938 (10th Cir. 1994)
  • Utah Public Employee’s Assn. v. State, 131 P.3d 208 (Utah 2005)
  • Clarke v. Living Scriptures, Inc., 114 P.3d 602 (Utah Ct. App. 2005)
  • YESCO v. UDOT, 110 P.3d 1118 (Utah Ct. App. 2005)
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Heidi Leithead-Villa focuses her practice on employment law, representing management in counseling and litigation-related issues before federal and state courts and administrative agencies regarding employee policies and agreements, discrimination (age, disability, race, gender, religion, and other protected class status), sexual harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour laws, breach of privacy, and defamation.

Ms. Leithead-Villa has substantial experience representing multi-level marketing clients in the area of employment, including issues related to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and employment termination.

Ms. Leithead-Villa is a frequent presenter on the topic of employment law.

Reported Cases:

  • Boswell v. SkyWest Airlines, Inc., 381 F.3d 1263 (10th Cir. 2004)
  • SCFC ILC, Inc. v. Visa USA, Inc., 36 F.3d 938 (10th Cir. 1994)
  • Utah Public Employee’s Assn. v. State, 131 P.3d 208 (Utah 2005)
  • Clarke v. Living Scriptures, Inc., 114 P.3d 602 (Utah Ct. App. 2005)
  • YESCO v. UDOT, 110 P.3d 1118 (Utah Ct. App. 2005)

Distinctions

Parr Brown is consistently recognized by peers and clients for its sophisticated legal work.