The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012
Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2012
Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2012)
Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012)
Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey
Listed in the highest tier for National ERISA Litigation Practice in Chambers USA 2012
Ranked in Tier 1 for ERISA Litigation by The U.S. Legal 500 (2012)
honors + affiliations
Winner, New Jersey Law Journal's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2012)
Recipient, Equal Justice Medal from Legal Services of New Jersey for Outstanding Pro Bono Efforts (2007)
Empire State Counsel 2008 Honoree
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
August W. Heckman III is an associate in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. Heckman represents employers in state and federal employment law matters—including discrimination, wage and hour and employee benefits law matters—in the financial services, transportation, media, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and retail industries.
Mr. Heckman's litigation matters involve claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; claims under the FLSA and state wage and hour laws; claims under ERISA—involving breaches of fiduciary duty, prohibited transactions, 401(k) and ESOP issues, severance pay, and challenges to plan denials of benefits, plan amendments, and termination of benefits; claims of defamation, breach of contract, and intentional torts; and claims involving restrictive covenants and employee recruitment practices. These matters include single-plaintiff, multiple-plaintiff, class actions, collective actions, and EEOC pattern and practice cases, as well as labor arbitrations.
Mr. Heckman also counsels clients on how to avoid litigation and provides advice on matters such as employee discipline and termination; preventing and investigating harassment, discrimination, and whistleblower claims; employee recruiting and hiring practices; and challenges to benefit plan determinations.
Mr. Heckman received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2005, where he was a member of the National Moot Court Board and named to the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, in political science from Monmouth University in 2002, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Heckman is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York; and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
- Seton Hall University Law School, 2005, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
- Monmouth University, 2002, B.A., Magna Cum Laude