Heidi Doerhoff Vollet

Heidi Doerhoff Vollet

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Jefferson City, MO

Cook, Vetter, Doerhoff and Landwehr, P.C.
 | 231 Madison Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-635-7977
Fax: 573-635-7414
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2016, 2020
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (30%),
  • Appellate (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense (10%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Heidi Doerhoff Vollet's practice focuses on complex business and governmental-issues litigation and appellate matters, particularly those involving state and federal constitutional issues and class actions. She has extensive 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 2018, she was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for the third largest settlement in Missouri. By appointment of the Missouri Supreme Court, she serves on the Missouri Approved Instructions Committee, which drafts jury instructions for use in civil cases. She has served as an officer of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association and as the 2018-2019 President of the Elwood L. Thomas American Inn of Court. She is the treasurer of the Missouri Bar Foundation.  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 served as counsel to Chief Deputy in the Missouri Attorney General's office from 2005 through 2009.

She is AV-rated and is active in the Missouri Bar and in her community.

About Heidi Vollet

Admitted: 2001, Missouri

Professional Webpage: https://cvdl.net/attorneys/heidi-doerhoff-vollet/


  • AV Rating, AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, 2020
  • Recognition for having obtained the third largest settlement in Missouri in 2018., Third Largest Missouri Settlement in 2018, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Missouri Fellows State Co-Chair, American Bar Association Foundation, 2020
  • Treasurer, Missouri Bar Foundation, 2020
  • Member, Missouri Approved Instructions Committee, 2020
  • Member, Federal Practice Committee for United States District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2020
  • Torts Law Editor, Missouri Bar Courts & CLE Bulletin, 2020
  • Treasurer, Eighth Circuit Bar Association, 2019
  • President, Elwood L. Thomas, American Inn of Court, 2019
  • Trustee, Missouri Supreme Court Historical Society, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Helias Catholic High School Advisory Council, 2020
  • President, Elwood L. Thomas, American Inn of Court (Inn achieved Gold level certification by the National Inns of Court for the first time in its history during the 2018-2019 Inn year., 2019


  • Obtained dismissal of legal malpractice claims against Missouri law firm, 2019
  • Obtained writ of mandamus from Eastern District Court of Appeals requiring a Missouri county to fully fund circuit court's FY 2020 budget after county had underfunded the court's budget by approximately $380,000. State ex rel. Hon. I. I. Lamke v. Board of Commissioners of Franklin County, Missouri, Case No. ED 108658., 2020
  • Intervened on behalf of initiative petition proponent and obtained dismissal of litigation seeking to remove medical marijuana petition from November 2018 ballot and successfully defended dismissal on appeal. Bradshaw v. Ashcroft et al., 559 S.W.3d 79 (Mo. App. W.D. 2018)., 2018
  • $6,500,000 Settlement - Unauthorized Land Use - Harmon v. Central Electric Power Cooperative, et al., Case No. 17CV01008, Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri. The $6.5 million class action settlement approved in January 2020 compensates over 1,100 Missouri landowners for the unauthorized use of their property for commercial telecommunications. Landowners who will benefit from this settlement include farmers, ranchers, homeowners, and small businesses located in a 14-county area in central Missouri. Heidi Doerhoff Vollet served as co-counsel for the class of Missouri property owners who had asserted trespass and inverse condemnation claims against Central Electric Power Cooperative and its wholly owned subsidiary, FiberPath Technologies, LLC for commercial use of fiber optic cable along approximately 240 miles of electric-transmission lines. The settlement provides significant monetary benefits to class members where the easement held by Central did not permit commercial telecommunications use., 2020
  • $25,000,000 Settlement – Unauthorized Land Use - Barfield v. Sho Me Power Electric Cooperative, et al., Case No. 11-cv-04321, W.D. Mo. Our clients were more 3,700 Missouri landowners who had been the victims of trespass by an electric transmission company and its telecommunications subsidiary that had used private property for commercial telecommunications without proper easements. The settlement concluded seven years of hard-fought litigation and provided a substantial measure of justice for the farmers, ranchers, homeowners, and small businesses whose private property had been misused for over a decade. On January 25, 2019, Missouri Lawyers Weekly honored CVDL’s Heidi Doerhoff Vollet and co-counsel Fred O’Neill for the third largest settlement in Missouri in 2018. , 2018
  • $79 million jury verdict in Barfield v. Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, et al. 2:11-cv-04321 (W.D. Mo. Feb. 6, 2015) for class of Missouri landowners with unjust enrichment claims against technology company for unauthorized commercial land use., 2015
  • State ex rel. Webster Groves School District v. Missouri State Board of Education and Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Case No. 17AC-CC00069, Circuit Court of Cole County, Missouri. Obtained writ of mandamus ordering the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to pay more than $1.1 million in state aid owed to a St. Louis County school district, plus prejudgment interest of more than $100,000., 2017

Representative Clients:

  • Curators of the University of Missouri, 2019
  • Missouri law firm sued for legal malpractice, 2019
  • National retailer sued in putative class action, 2019
  • New Approach Missouri, 2018
  • Missouri Department of Conservation, 2017
  • Webster Groves School District, 2017
  • The Central Trust Bank, 2020
  • Apex Clayton, Inc., 2017
  • Sky Zone Franchise Group, LLC, 2017

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Law clerk to John R. Gibson, Senior Judge, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000
  • Appointed by Missouri Supreme Court to serve on Missouri Approved Instructions Committee, 2020
  • Law clerk to William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States (October Term 2001), 2001

Educational Background:

  • B.A., University of Notre Dame (1996), 1996
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Office Location for Heidi Doerhoff Vollet

231 Madison Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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Last Updated: 7/3/2020

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