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Heather C. Barden

I represent individuals who have been wronged by their employer. The cases I work on involve an illegal act based on an employee's sex, gender, age, disability, need for accommodation, pregnancy, military status, marital status, religion, need to breastfeed, and need for medical leave. Frequently these cases involve conduct by the employer that includes discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, medical leave violations, and/or sexual harassment. 

I became an attorney to empower individuals who are treated unfairly by others. I enjoy helping individuals achieve justice by guiding them through the legal process with ease and confidence. As an attorney, I will fight for my client's rights with tenacity and act as their champion every step of the way.

In addition to helping people as an attorney, I am also a registered nurse. I worked in ER Trauma for eleven years before going to law school. Even though my focus now is on representing employees who suffered workplace violations, I continue taking shifts once a month as a nurse at a local hospital. By still working as a nurse, I am able to contribute to the community in a different way and help people with their health issues. My career as a nurse gives me a unique ability to connect with people who are going through a difficult time, which for employment cases often involves physical and mental health difficulties.

I graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law where I received the award for best moot court oralist in 2014. My bachelor's degree is from Kaplan (now Purdue) University. I earned my CNA certification, LPN license, and RN license from Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake. After finishing law school and passing the bar exam, I founded Smith Law Firm. When I partnered with my husband Jed Barden, we formed Barden & Barden. 

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  • Highly Recommended

    Heather worked diligently to make sure my case was handled in a timely, professional manner. I highly recommend Heather the next time you need a lawyer on your side.
  • I truly appreciate everything you did

    Thank you Heather so much for all of your help and for treating me like a "big wig" client. Thank you for being a pit bull and not allowing [my employer] to bully or lowball me. And mostly, thank you very much for validating me in all the ways my employer did not. I truly appreciate everything yo...
  • Knowledgeable and Compassionate

    In 2015, I was struck by a vehicle while cycling on a country road. I was attempting to handle the settlement process on my own but lacked the knowledge and time to properly handle the procedure. I was fortunate to meet the Bardens after joining a cycling club that they belong to. The initial con...