Heather M. Vigil specializes in labor and employment law and represents employers in matters involving:

  • Privacy and data protection issues
  • Traditional labor issues
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Wrongful termination
  • The Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Wage and hour issues

She appears in state and federal courts in California, as well as before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state and federal administrative agencies. She also provides training to managers and employees on topics such as harassment prevention and litigation avoidance.

Heather often works with:

  • Beauty and fashion clients
  • Hospitals and medical care providers
  • Staffing agencies
  • Start-ups
  • Small businesses

In law school, Heather was a member of the Honors Moot Court.


Dean's List

Santa Clara University School of Law

News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Irvine, CA

January 24, 2019

Global Trends and their Impact on HR Policies

California HR Conference, Long Beach, CA

August 2018

LGBT Global Mobility

California HR Conference 2018

August 2018

Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2018 - Part 2: The Training Trap: How Efforts to “Fix” Unconscious Bias Are Failing Employers

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 2, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2018 - Part 1: Should Affinity Groups Come with an Expiry Date?

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 2, 2018
Southern California Legal Update - Costa Mesa

Los Angeles, CA

November 7, 2017
Southern California Breakfast Briefing - Costa Mesa

November 3, 2016

Bullying Be Gone!

CUPA-HR, SoCal Chapter

October 10, 2014

The Changing Legal and Litigation Landscape After the End of DOMA

Hispanic National Bar Association, Washington, D.C.

September 12, 2014

Top Trends and Legal Issues

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

April 17, 2014

What Your Clients Don’t Know Can Hurt Them

CadenceCounsel, Beverly Hills, CA

March 24, 2014

Horses, Tattoos and Guns Accommodation Issues and Solutions for Today’s Workplace

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

December 12, 2013
Employment Law Update

Irvine, CA

October 19, 2012

The Employee from Hell

Professionals In Human Resources Association, Newport Beach, CA

September 26, 2012

What Happens Overseas Doesn’t Stay Overseas: Measuring the Long Arm of the FCPA

2012 Annual Conference & Exposition - Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), Anaheim, CA

August 27, 2012

Global HR Issues: Social Media in the Workplace

Global HR News, Los Angeles, CA

March 7, 2012

Employment Law Update - Lunch and Learn

April 2011


  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2007
  • M.A., University of Amsterdam, 2002
  • B.A., San Jose State University, 1999

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California