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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. 

Recent Blog Posts


  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Thank you for helping and actually caring

    Heather, I just wanted to write this and thank you and your husband for everything you guys have done and all the time you've put into helping and actually caring about my son and I. I hope you guys know how much you're appreciated! :) 
  • Very thorough, friendly, and professional

    Very thorough, friendly, and professional. I would recommend them to friends and family!
  • Showed incredible empathy and always got back to us when we called

    My wife suffered serious head and back injuries when she fell on ice at a badly maintained parking lot in Spokane. The shopping center that owned the parking lot refused to accept responsibility or help pay for my wife's medical care. My wife contacted the attorneys at Barden & Barden and I'm so ...
  • Handled very professionally

    I hired Heather Barden in spring of 2020 to handle my hearing for unemployment and it was handled very professionally. She followed up and really cared.
  • Treated with dignity and respect

    I was in a terrible position and just needed some guidance when I reached out to Barden and Barden. What I got was amazing customer service, prompt and knowledgeable responses, regular updates, honest feedback about the direction of my case, I was included in ALL exchanges of information and most...
  • My MQAC case went smoothly and all charges dropped

    Heather was fantastic! My case before the Medical Quality Assurance Commision went smoothly and with all charges dropped. I highly recommend them.
  • I felt like I was being heard

    Honestly I could not be any happier. The relationship and professionalism. I felt like I was being heard and all questions where being answer. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for help.
  • They are competent, hard working and ethical

    I have been up against this firm in litigation. They are competent, hard working and ethical. I would recommend them to individuals in employment and personal injury matters.
  • Very pleased with the help I received

    I was very pleased with the help I received from Heather Barden. Her help and expertise were very much appreciated.