• Ohio, 1990
  • U.S. District Courts:
      -Northern District of Ohio, 1998
      -Southern District of Ohio, 1991
      -District of Columbia, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


  • Hon. Alba L. Whiteside Jr. of the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals


The Ohio State University, JD with honors, 1990

The Ohio State University, BA summa cum laude (Chemistry), 1987


“Like chemistry, employment laws can be complicated.  I help my clients understand key legal elements to avoid costly business disruptions.”   

Businesses and business owners encounter legal risks in the workplace.  Brigid E. Heid regularly assists them in managing these risks.  She counsels on best practices and procedures, handbooks, wage and hour, employee leave and discipline, EEO, internal investigations, and protecting intellectual property and confidential information.  She also represents employers in state and federal court and administrative agencies throughout Ohio.  Ms. Heid is a member of the Labor & Employment and Business Litigation Practice Groups at Eastman & Smith.

Ms. Heid is a member of The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the pre-eminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. Ms. Heid chairs the Employment Law and Golf Outing Committees of The Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA), is a past-president of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) and served on The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates as the CBA Representative.   She was honored by her peers by being named one of the Top 25 Women Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio and a Super Lawyer® by Law & Politics Magazine and by being named a Best Lawyer in Employment Law by Best Lawyers®.  The Litigation Counsel of America™ and The Columbus Bar Foundation count Ms. Heid as a fellow.  She also has achieved the highest AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.

Ms. Heid holds both a law degree and an undergraduate degree (chemistry) from The Ohio State University.  Besides law, Ms. Heid has many other interests.  She and her husband adopt rescue dogs and enjoy vacationing in the great outdoors.  Golf is one of her primary avocations. Painting is another.  While Ms. Heid currently resides in Columbus, she is originally from Fremont, Ohio.

Honors & Affiliations

Community/Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

  • American Bar Association House of Delegates, former representative
  • Member of Litigation and Employment Law Committees
  • Advisory Panel, 2012

Columbus Bar Association

  • President, 2016 - 2017
  • President-Elect, 2015 - 2016
  • Secretary-Treasurer, 2014 - 2015
  • Board of Governors, 2011 – 2018
  • Association Relations/Past Presidents, member
  • Labor & Employment Law Committee, (chair, 2023 - 2024)
  • Common Pleas Court Committee, member
  • Judicial Screening Committee, former alternate-member

Columbus Bar Foundation

  • Fellow
  • Board of Trustees, 2013 - 2018

LPGA Amateur Golf Association (f.k.a. Executive Women’s Golf Association)

  • Past-President, Columbus Chapter; League Captain

International Association of Defense Counsel

  • Member

Kappa Kappa Gamma

  • Past Treasurer, Beta Nu House Association

Legal Aid Society of Columbus

  • Past President
  • Board of Trustees, member 1998 - 2008
  • Client and Human Relations Committee, past chair

National Association of Women Business Owners

  • Columbus Chapter, Member

Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

  • Board of Trustees, 2021 - present
  • Employment Law Committee, chair
  • Golf Outing Committee, chair, 2022

Ohio State Bar Association

  •  Member

Women Lawyers of Franklin County

  • Past President

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Best Lawyer®, Employment Law-Management, 2014 - Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in Columbus, by Law and Politics Magazine, 2014 - Present
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2012 - Present
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2005 - 2006
  • Ohio Business Magazine's Ohio Leading Lawyers, 2024

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Events & Speaking Engagements