Overview

Heidi is a partner in the firm's Environmental and Product Liability practice groups. She focuses her practice on environmental, health and safety counseling in business, regulatory and legislative matters, environmental and toxic tort litigation, environmental enforcement actions, site remediation, product stewardship and compliance with environmental regulations.  Heidi’s primary focus is partnering with clients to provide business solutions for every environmental issue.  Heidi manages many of her client relationships utilizing value based pricing, alternative staffing and legal project management to maximize efficiency and predictability.

Experience
  • Negotiating relevant agencies’ voluntary and involuntary orders related to site investigations and remediations conducted under state and federal law.
  • Counseling manufacturing companies on environmental audit, compliance and permitting issues under CAA, CWA, RCRA, TSCA, EPCRA, OSHA and state environmental laws.
  • Managing agency inspections addressing CAA, CWA, RCRA, TSCA, OSHA and EPCRA.
  • Permit compliance management and defense of agency enforcement for exceedences and violations under the CWA and CAA, including for NPDES,  Title V and similar permits.
  • Providing proactive risk management advice to address environmental, health and safety trends.
  • Comprehensive counseling on change management issues including facility expansions or closures.
  • Efficiently representing industrial clients at hundreds of Superfund sites in all 50 states, some of which originally were estimated to cost in excess of $100 million.
  • Managing high-profile groundwater contamination cases including retaining and overseeing public relations support, environmental consultants and relevant employees to minimize exposure and potential claims.
  • Providing a streamline defense to citizens suits filed within the various regulatory programs to provide a long-term facility supported solution with minimal litigation costs.
  • Defending a variety of clients in toxic tort actions alleging health effects and property damage claims as well as conspiracy theories, many of which were dismissed on summary judgment.
  • Successfully managing matters involving vapor intrusion allegations, including agency negotiations, resident outreach and consultant oversight.
  • Successfully resolving state and federal Natural Resource Damage claims that involve multiple federal and state agencies to combine monetary and project based compensation and minimize client exposure.
  • Coordinating investigation of presence and remediation of PCBs at a manufacturing facility to minimize employee exposure and manage potential impact.
  • Managing asbestos removal projects including risk mitigation for failure to follow proper asbestos removal protocol.
  • Defending complex environmental litigation suits that include interpretation of environmental indemnity in contracts as well as common law (i.e., nuisance, trespass, negligence, equitable indemnity, unjust enrichment) and statutory claims.
  • Successfully reducing the size of a class in an environmental class action related to alleged river contamination.
  • Serving as common counsel and coordinating counsel to large PRP groups at Superfund sites.
  • Defending clients served with notices of violations, resulting in significantly reduced penalties.
  • Prosecuting and defending state and federal CERCLA cost recovery and contribution actions against government and private parties, and directing third-party PRP pursuits resulting in significant recovery.
  • Obtaining full mitigation of penalties associated with state and federal voluntary audit disclosures.
  • Assisting with closure of state and federal RCRA sites.
  • Defending and counseling clients in connection with the management of product stewardship beginning at the research and development state, including mitigation of liability for  claims asserted pursuant to California’s Proposition 65.
  • Implementation of best practice on uses of SDSs and conversion of  MSDSs to SDSs.
Publications
  • Quoted in Rainmakers Born or Bred by Patricia K. Gillette
  • “New EPA Technical Guides Confirm the Priority for Vapor Intrusion for all Contaminated Properties,” Thompson Hine Environmental Update, July 2015
  • Growing Environmental Business with Collaborative Efforts," Of Counsel, May 2015
  • “California DTSC Finalizes Green Chemistry Playbook,” Thompson Hine Green Products Update, April 2015
  • “High Court Refuses to Extend CERCLA Preemption to State Statutes of Repose,” Thompson Hine Environmental Update, June 2014
  • "Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Thompson Hine’s Goldstein," Law360, March 2014
  • “Rainmakers are Born Not Made, for the Most Part,” Law360, March 2014
  • “Turning Risk into Reward Inside and Out – Embracing Value Based Pricing for Legal Services” By Heidi (Goldstein) Friedman and Steven Greenspan, DRI Winter 2013
  • "Building a Successful Women's Initiative – How We Did It," Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, August 2010.
  • Co-author, "How to Avoid Litigation Risks from Greening Your Products," GreenBiz.com, May 2010
  • Co-author, "Risks And Rewards Of Greening Your Product," Environmental Law360 and Product Liability Law360, September 2009
  • "Shining the Spotlight," Insight into The Women's Initiative at Thompson Hine LLP, Women Legal Magazine, March to May 2009
  • "The Threat of Vapor Intrusion," Scrap magazine, July/August 2008
  • "Shareholders Beware! When Individual Shareholders May Be Left Holding the Bag for Environmental Liability," Journal of Taxation of Investments, Spring 2007
  • "The Next Asbestos? 'Toxic Mold' Lawsuits Are Growing Like a Fungus," Insurance Insight, September 2002
  • "What Owners Need to Know About Mold Litigation," HPAC Engineering, September 2002
  • Co-author (with Keely O'Bryan), "Toxic Mold Grows as Cause for Complaints," Crain's Cleveland Business, October 2001
  • Co-author (with Heather Austin), "Complex Regs Keeping Many From Cleaning Up Brownfields," Crain's Cleveland Business, April 2001
  • "Bush, Gore Hold Separate Environmental Agendas," Crain's Cleveland Business, October 2000
  • "Preventing a Toxic Tort Suit," Environmental Compliance Advisor, May 1998
  • "Chance v. BP Chem., Inc.: Changing Ohio," Cleveland State Law Review, Spring 1997
Presentations
  • “Just Ask (For Business)!” American Bar Association, 2016 Section of Litigation Annual Conference, Speaker, April 2016
  • “Rainmakers Workshop,” 2016 DRI Women in the Law Seminar, Facilitator February 2016
  • Panel Member, “Rainmakers: Born or Bred?” Women in the Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, November 2015
  • “Reducing your EHS Risk under Standing EPA and OSHA Enforcement Priorities,” Thompson Hine Chemical Industry General Counsel Symposium, Moderator, October 2015
  • “Legal Project Management Decoded,” 2015 DRI Women in the Law Seminar, Presenter, February 2015
  • “Digesting a New Tort: Recipe for Managing Cases and Costs When Defending Claims of Exposure to Chemicals in Food,” DRI Corporate Counsel Roundtable, January 2014
  • Panel member, "Strategic Partners: Women in the General Counsel and Senior Leadership Roles," Case Western Reserve University, School of Law Lecture Series, October 2012
  • Chair and moderator, ARK National Conference, 2012
  • Conference chairperson; moderator,"How to Network Without Playing Golf," Women Legal 2012 Conference, June 2012
  • "Women Helping Women: Leveraging the Value of Women's Affinity Groups Beyond Networking and Mentoring," Ark Group Women Legal Conference, June 2011
  • "An Insider's View of Life in the Corporate Wing," DRI Sharing Success Seminar, February 2011
  • "The Sea Change in Environmental Health and Safety," Goodrich Corporation Global EH&S Conference, February 2011
  • "Don't Pull Your Response Out of Thin Air: How to Manage All Aspects of Vapor Intrusion," DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Seminar, March 2010
  • "It's Not Easy Being Green: The Legal Pitfalls Associated with "Green" Products and "Green" Buildings," Adhesive and Sealant Council Conference, July 2009
  • "The Changing Climate of Global Warming Litigation in the United States," webinar jointly sponsored with the Gowlings firm (Canada) and Burges Salmon (U.K.), April 2008
  • "Superfund: Thompson Hine's Goldstein discusses implications of Supreme Court decision," guest, E&ETV's OnPoint, June 2007
  • "Trends in Environmental Litigation," Gowlings Year in Review Seminar, November 2005
  • Co-chair, "Spotlight On Women: Advise and Protect: Your Role as Corporate Guardian," Thompson Hine LLP Seminar, April 2005
  • "Hot Topics in CERCLA and RCRA and an Update on VAP," Cleveland Bar Association, March 2001
  • "The 'Growing' Impact of Mold Litigation on the Insurance Industry," Omniclean Seminar, March 2002
  • "'How Super Is It?' The Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act," Ohio Bar Association, May, 2002
  • "Terror Toxins and Trophy Projects: The New World View of Preparedness," International Conference of Shopping Centers, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Retail Development and Law Symposium, June 2002
  • "Mold Over Bagels: Managing Risks Arising From Toxic Mold in Buildings," Cleveland, Ohio, May 2002 and Columbus, Ohio, July 2002
  • "Managing Risks Arising From Toxic Mold in Buildings," ACCA Seminar, July 2002
  • "Welcome to the Mold Litigation Party: B.Y.O.C. – Bring Your Own Checkbook," AIG Environmental Seminar, November 2002
  • "Toxic Mold: Is It Really A Growing Concern for You and Your Clients?", Cleveland Bar Association, October 2003
Distinctions
  • Delegate, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
  • Fellow, The American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • National Diversity Council's 2016 Ohio Leadership Excellence Award recipient
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal USA: Environmental, 2014-2016
  • DRI Nominating Committee 2013 – Selected out of 20,000 members to select Executive Committee and Board members
  • Named 2012 Recipient of "Albert Parnell Outstanding Program Chair Award by DRI
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine, 2004 to 2009 and 2011 to 2018
  • Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top 25 female lawyers in Cleveland, and one of the top 50 female lawyers in Ohio, 2008
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Natural Resources & Environment, Ohio, 2007 to 2017
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, (Environmental) 2004 to 2018
  • Cleveland Bar Association, Women Who Make a Difference Award Recipient, 2015
  • Cleveland YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award recipient, 2005
  • Recognized in the article "Young Bosses Define Themselves Without Numbers," July 2005, The Plain Dealer
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • DRI Regulatory/Transactional Focus Group Membership Initiative, Chair, (2018)
  • DRI Women in the Law Section, Chair (2015-2017); Vice Chair (2014-2015); Seminar Chair (2012)
  • DRI Climate Change Litigation Task Force, founding member
  • In Counsel with Women
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Alumni Committee
  • University of Texas, Women in the Law Consortium (invitation only)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers

Community Activities

  • Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau, Board of Directors
  • The Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, Former Board of Trustees
  • Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, Former Board of Trustees
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Great Strides Walkathon, Executive Committee
  • Shaker Launch House, Host Committee
  • College Now Bag Lady Luncheon, Host Committee
  • 2017 DirectWomen Honoree Committee, member
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