Heather Macklin

Heather J. Macklin

For nearly 20 years, Heather has focused her practice on complex commercial litigation. She has represented clients from a broad spectrum of industries, including contractors and manufacturers, financial institutions, luxury good retailers, real estate developers, small, closely held corporations and large publicly traded companies.

She has extensive litigation experience in a wide variety of legal disputes, including trademark and copyright infringement, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, partnership disputes, non-compete agreements, fraud and insurance coverage, compliance and internal corporate investigations.

Heather’s litigation practice is national in scope. Her experience has found her litigating in state courts throughout the United States, in numerous federal courts and in a variety of alternative dispute resolution forums, including mediation and arbitration. While she is licensed to practice in Wisconsin and Illinois, she has represented clients in many other states through pro hac vice admissions and a collegial relationship with local counsel.

Heather understands that corporations are not in the business of litigation, but sometimes litigation is unavoidable. When commercial disputes do arise, she believes in a pro-active, focused and well-prepared strategy, designed with the goal of finding a practical and economic resolution, so her clients can quickly get back to their primary business objectives. When early resolution cannot be achieved, however, she will diligently and aggressively represent her clients’ case and best interests.

Heather can also help businesses resolve disputes by serving as a neutral, third-party mediator.  Mediation is a confidential process that is both economical and efficient.  Parties who find themselves in a dispute are able to come together in a respectful manner to pro-actively address their differences while simultaneously exploring creative methods of resolution.  Mediation allows parties to work together to develop solutions to situations that might otherwise become heated litigation battles.  Heather’s years as a business litigation attorney, including her experience and training relating to alternative dispute resolution methods, give her a unique perspective that can help your business resolve issues that arise, without having to resort to expensive and time-consuming litigation.


Practice Areas:

Court Admissions:

Supreme Court of Illinois
Supreme Court of Wisconsin

Northern District of Illinois
Eastern District of Wisconsin
Western District of Wisconsin

2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Bar Admissions:



Sports, including softball/baseball, golf, running, volleyball and working out, reading, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends


Married to Rob Macklin and mom to Dax and Kate.


Juris Doctorate 
University of Chicago,  Chicago, IL

Bachelors of Arts in English (Writing) and Speech Communications, summa cum laude
North Central College, Naperville, IL

Questions & Answers

Legal issues are legal issues, wherever they arise, whether in the Fox Valley or in Chicago. Practicing law in the Fox Valley, however, allows me to work more directly with the people who are legitimately and realistically impacted by everyday legal issues – the people who created, built and are actively maintaining their businesses.  I’m able to use the experience and knowledge I gained from twenty years of practicing litigation in Chicago to help local business owners resolve disputes in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

I have always enjoyed mysteries/puzzles, learning about new things and problem-solving.  Litigation really plays into all three of these interests.  A big part of litigating is finding all the pieces of a puzzle – through meeting with the client, asking questions, reviewing documents and analyzing the opposing side’s position – and putting them back together in a way that allows me to tell my client’s story in a way that best protects their rights.  As part of this process, I get to learn about many different businesses and industries that I might never otherwise have the opportunity to be exposed to.  I also get to research the law relating to each unique matter and figure out how it applies to the facts of the case.  Ultimately, I get to use my knowledge and experience to help business clients solve what are often, to them, scary and uncertain problems in an unfamiliar landscape.  I love putting the puzzle together, developing the legal arguments that will best support my client’s position and helping them to resolve those occasional disputes that take them away from their real business objectives.

I enjoy playing golf and volleyball, coaching my daughter’s softball team, running, spending time with friends and family, traveling, eating good food and discovering great wines.  When I have some quiet moments, I enjoy reading, catching up on TV shows and watching the Chicago Cubs.