Heather R. Baldwin Vlasuk: Lawyer with Walter | Haverfield LLP

Heather R. Baldwin Vlasuk

Cleveland,  OH  U.S.A.
Phone(216) 619-7843

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Public/Municipal Law
  • Economic Development
  • Public Sector Labor Arbitrations
  • Cable and Telecommunications
  • Labor and Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy
University Bowling Green State University, B.A., cum laude, 1999
Law SchoolCleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003
Admitted2004, Ohio; United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
BornAugust 25, 1977

Professional Experience

Heather is an attorney in Walter | Haverfield's Public/Municipal Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Litigation practice groups. As a member of the Public/Municipal Law practice group, she serves as general counsel and special counsel to Ohio political subdivisions and also as counsel to private owners and developers. Heather's public/municipal law practice focuses on real estate and economic development, including municipal economic development agreements, leases, contracts, easements, and tax valuation matters. She also defends political subdivisions in litigation, including lawsuits involving 42 U.S.C. 1983 claims.

As a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Law practice group, Heather represents public employers in collective bargaining and labor arbitrations as well as private clients in employment contract disputes.

In addition, Heather represents private clients in general litigation, pre-litigation, and transactional matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Heather was in-house counsel and a compliance officer for a large creditors' rights law firm. Heather has defended lawsuits based on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and other regulations governing debt collection.

Heather received her B.A., cum laude, from Bowling Green State University, and her J.D., cum laude, from Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

As a member of the Public/Municipal Law practice group, Heather serves as general counsel and special counsel to Ohio political subdivisions and also as counsel to private owners and developers.


· "Impact of Land Use Law on Commercial Development," Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio, August 15, 2013

· "Police Mutual Aid, Hot Pursuit, and Police Pitfalls," Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association, Cleveland, Ohio, June 13, 2013

Professional & Community Associations

· Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

· Ohio State Bar Association

Articles by Heather R. Baldwin Vlasuk

April 2014 - "H.B. 289 Seeks to Prohibit the Creation, Renewal, or Amendment of Joint Economic Development Zone Contracts"

December 2013 - "Residency Credits Awarded to Competitive Examination Applicants Deemed Unconstitutional"

February 2012 - "Ohio Attorney General Announces Debt Collection Program for Local Governments"

November 2011 - "Recent Law Places Notice Requirements On Oil And Gas Leases On Public Lands"

October 2010 - "Ohio's New "Planned Community Act" Regulates Existing and Future Homeowners' Associations"

June 2010 - "Red Flag Rule" Update: Another New Enforcement Date!

May/June 2010 - Cities & Villages. "When Public Officials Go Rogue: The Importance of Hiring Outside Counsel to Perform Investigations into Allegations of Employee or Officer Wrongdoing"

November 2009 - "Red Flag Rule" Update: New Enforcement Date and Anticipated Exemptions to the Regulation

October 2009 - Employers Can't Contract Away Liability for Discriminatory Acts

May/June 2009 - The FTC's New 'Red Flag' Rules: Do They Apply to Your Medical Practice?

May 2009 - The FTC's "Red Flag Rules" Require Local Governments to Implement Identity Theft Prevention Programs

February 2009 - New COBRA Continuation Subsidy


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Enacted Sub. H.B. 289 Prohibits the Creation, Amendment, or Renewal of Alternative Joint Economic Development Zones (JEDZs) and Creates Municipal Utility Districts from Municipal-Only JEDZs
Heather R. Baldwin Vlasuk, July 15, 2014
Sub. House Bill (H.B.) 289 was enacted into law on June 5, 2014, and became immediately effective. The new law, which had been amended several times in Bill form, prohibits the formation of new alternative Joint Economic Development Zones (JEDZs) after January 1, 2015, and creates Municipal Utility...

U. S. Supreme Court Rules Cell Phone Searches Incident to Arrest Require Search Warrant
Heather R. Baldwin Vlasuk, July 15, 2014
On June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court, in Riley v. California, issued a decision holding that, except under "exigent circumstances," law enforcement officers may not search digital information on cell phones seized incident to arrest without a search warrant. Digital...

H.B. 289 Seeks to Prohibit the Creation, Renewal, or Amendment of Joint Economic Development Zone Contracts
Heather R. Baldwin Vlasuk, April 16, 2014
Sub. House Bill (H.B.) 289, passed by the Ohio House and now pending before the Senate, if enacted, will significantly change the statutory provisions for Joint Economic Development Zones (JEDZ or Zone) and would ultimately prohibit, as of January 1, 2015, the creation of new JEDZs, the renewal of...
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Heather R. Baldwin Vlasuk

1301 East Ninth Street, Suite 3500
ClevelandOH 44114-1821


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