Edward J. Heffernan


E eheffernan@rubinfortunato.com
P 610.408.2021
F 610.854.1869
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It all starts with close collaboration. Quickly identifying each company’s or person’s specific needs and goals is always my first step. Keeping the goal in mind, I work with my clients to analyze the issues and execute a legal strategy tailored to meet the mark.


Ed Heffernan practices labor and employment law, with a sharp focus on the financial services sector. He protects his clients’ commercial interests: He enforces employment contracts, he protects trade secrets, and he protects intellectual property rights.

Ed devotes much of his practice to restrictive covenant litigation and defending employers from workplace claims, including age, race, and gender discrimination; wrongful termination; retaliation; constructive discharge; and defamation. He regularly handles arbitrations involving unsuitable investments, financial services industry violations, regulatory investigations, and incentive compensation, many of which involve close coordination with expert witnesses.

Ed’s experience in the employment field lends greatly to his higher education practice, where he defends colleges and universities in disputes involving student discipline, privacy issues, the accommodation of disabilities, and student and faculty contract and due process claims. His background includes working as an associate with a large Philadelphia law firm where his practice centered on high-profile multidistrict pharmaceutical litigation and government investigations. Before practicing law, he worked as a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority licensed representative for a national mutual fund company.

Awards and Honors

  • Included on the 2012 through 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists
  • Winner of the Forty-Fifth Annual Reimel Moot Court Competition, Villanova University School of Law
  • Villanova University School of Law Moot Court Board
  • Order of the Coif

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