Heidi Doerhoff Vollet

Heidi joined CVDL in January 2009 after serving in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office as Counsel to the Chief Deputy from 2005 to 2009.  At CVDL, her practice focuses on complex business and governmental-issues litigation, class actions, and appellate matters, particularly those involving state and federal constitutional issues and extraordinary writs.

She has significant experience representing a variety of litigants in both federal and state court, from state governmental and political entities, large businesses and law firms to individuals who have suffered loss or were otherwise wronged. In 2015, Heidi was part of trial team that secured a $79 million jury verdict on behalf of Missouri landowners. The verdict represented the fair market rental rate associated with unauthorized commercial telecommunications use of 796 miles of private property for a 10-year period.

Heidi clerked for the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States, during the October 2001 term of the United States Supreme Court and for the Honorable John R. Gibson, U.S. Judge for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, from 2000 to 2001. From 2002 until 2005, she practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling.

She has been recognized as a Missouri Super Lawyer since 2011. In 2012, she was selected as one of the top 50 women attorneys in Missouri and Kansas.

Heidi has an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest rating certification for legal ability and ethical standards.

Heidi is active in the Missouri Bar as a member of the Civil Practice & Procedure committee, the editor for Tort Law cases from the Supreme Court and Western District Court of Appeals for the Missouri Bar’s Courts and CLE Bulletin, and as a CLE presenter on appellate and civil procedure topics.

In 2015, Heidi was appointed to the Federal Practice Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. She serves as a Director of Eighth Circuit Bar Association and as a Trustee of the Missouri Supreme Court Historical Society.

She was honored in 2011 by a Missouri Bar President’s award for her work spearheading the publication of a Domestic Violence Guide and the development of a website to make it easier for Missouri lawyers to find opportunities to do pro bono work.

Heidi lives in Jefferson City with her husband Kevin and their children. They are members of St. Joseph Cathedral parish.

Education: B.A., University of Notre Dame (1996); J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (2000) (Order of the Coif; Missouri Law Review, Lead Articles Editor).

Bar Admissions: Missouri (2001), District of Columbia (2002), United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Third, Sixth, Eighth, and Federal Circuits, and the District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri and the District of Columbia.

Professional Associations: The Missouri Bar, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Eighth Circuit Bar Association, Cole County Bar Association, DC Bar, the American Bar Association.

Honors and Activities:

  • AV Preeminent Rating (2010-present)
  • Missouri Super Lawyer (2011-present)
  • Top 50 Missouri & Kansas Women Lawyers (2012)
  • Missouri Bar President’s Award (2011)
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Rotary Club of Jefferson City Rotarian of the Year (2013)
  • Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly Up-and-Coming Lawyer (2007)
  • Charles F.C. Ruff Pro Bono Award (2004)
  • Distinguished Recent Graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (2003)
  • Guy A. Thompson Prize (best student note) (2000)
  • William E. Kemp Achievement Award (highest grade point average first two years of law school) (1999)
  • C. Wallace Walter Prize (highest grade point average first year of law school) (1998)

Representative Cases:

State

  • Missouri Corrections Officers Assoc. v. Missouri Department of Corrections, 409 S.W.3d 499 (Mo. App. W.D. 2013)
  • Public Communications Services, Inc. v. Simmons, 409 S.W.3d 538 (Mo. App. W.D. 2013)
  • Brown v. Carnahan, 370 S.W.3d 637 (Mo. banc 2012)
  • Turner v. Missouri Department of Conservation, 349 S.W.3d 434 (Mo. App. S.D. 2011)
  • State ex rel. Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP v. Crane, 332 S.W.3d 224 (Mo. App. W.D. 2010)
  • Ehlmann v. Nixon, 323 S.W.3d 787 (Mo. banc 2010)
  • State ex rel. Humane Society of Missouri v. Beetem, 317 S.W.3d 669 (Mo. App. W.D. 2010)
  • Jackson County Sports Complex Authority v. State, 226 S.W.3d 156 (Mo. banc 2007)
  • Jackson County v. State, 207 S.W.3d. 608 (Mo. banc 2006)
  • Asher v. Carnahan, 268 S.W.3d 427 (Mo. App. W.D. 2008)
  • Cures Without Cloning v. Pund, 259 S.W.3d 76 (Mo. App. W.D. 2008)
  • Missourians Against Human Cloning v. Carnahan, 190 S.W.3d 451 (Mo. App. W.D. 2006)
  • State v. Fitzpatrick, 193 S.W.3d 280 (Mo. App. W.D.), cert. denied 127 S.Ct. 729 (2006)

Federal

  • Barfield v. Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, 10 F. Supp. 3d 997 (W.D. Mo. 2014)
  • Outdoor Central v. GreatLodge.Com, 688 F.3d 938 (8th Cir. 2012)
  • Barfield v. Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, 2012 WL 2368517 (W.D. Mo. June 21, 2012)
  • Fry v. Pliler, 551 U.S. 112 (2007) (amicus brief)
  • Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005) (on brief)
  • City of Rancho Palos Verdes v. Abrams, 544 U.S. 113 (2005) (amicus brief)
  • Jung v. Assoc. of American Medical Colleges, 339 F. Supp. 2d 26 (D.D.C. 2004) (on brief)
  • Prometheus Radio Project v. F.C.C., 373 F.3d 372 (3rd Cir. 2004) (on brief)

* AV® Preeminent ™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. For more information about Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings, click here.