The needs of our clients are varied and extensive, and with that in mind, we are continually cultivating the best team of attorneys to serve our client base. Heidi Torvik has recently joined us, focusing on medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, products liability, wrongful death, and dram shop. Heidi has handled numerous arbitrations and argued cases in district court at both state and federal level. Her wealth of knowledge, as well as her varied background (she attended The Juilliard School in New York City and worked as a professional flutist), put her in a unique position to collaborate with our team and guide our clients.
We recently sat down with Heidi to learn more about her motivations, inspiration, background and her current law practice. While many things impressed us during our interview with Heidi, we loved hearing about how important relationships are to her, a key value at Lommen Abdo.
Describe major career and life decisions which led you to your current position. How have these experiences shaped the way you engage with clients?
I lived in New York City on September 11, 2001. On that day and the many that followed, I most appreciated those that communicated information calmly and clearly. Clients come to me at stressful times in their lives. I continually strive to provide advice and guidance to my clients calmly, clearly, and to the point – no matter what pressures may arise.
Tell us about a few of your biggest successes as a lawyer.
Right out of law school, I tried a felony-level offense to a jury. A young girl was the victim of a serious crime. I spent a great deal of time working with the victim prior to trial and, fortunately, was able to obtain justice for her and her family.
Later, I handled a particularly complex dram shop case that went on for over two years. Although no measure of money could compensate the family for the loss, the case settled just prior to trial. Now, over six years later, I am still close with the family. In fact, I recently played my flute for the wedding of one of my clients from the case.
What unique perspective do you bring to your practice?
During my first career, I was a professional flutist. I regularly performed recitals across the country. In effort to maintain audiences, I often spoke about my program prior to concerts – whether it be at local schools or in the concert hall.
Speaking to an audience about the complexities of, for example, a Bach Sonata is a skill transferrable to relating complex theories or case law to a jury or finder of fact. Moreover, after performing from memory in front of large audiences, giving a closing argument in front of a judge and jury doesn’t get me too nervous!
What is your client philosophy?
My goal is to develop ongoing relationships with clients – to earn their trust so they continue to come to me for all their legal needs.
What are you most proud of?
When I was young, I aspired to a career as a musician in New York but, also, becoming a trial lawyer like my Dad. Years later, I am proud of having two amazing and fulfilling careers in my life. Somehow, I have been able to achieve the dreams of my younger self, beyond any I could have hoped for.
What is a little-known fact about you?
I absolutely love movies. Whether it be the latest Oscar contender, newest installment in the 007 series, or classic Hitchcock film, I am always up for a movie and love to hear recommendations.
Lommen Abdo President Marc Johannsen is thrilled to welcome Heidi and had this to say about her, “With the diversity of experiences Heidi brings, we knew she would complement our team. What really impressed us, though, was the heart behind her work – she truly thrives on creating life-long relationships.”