Robert Heist, Attorney
As owner and principal of Chicago’s R. Connor & Associates, Robert Heist handles a broad spectrum of legal issues with a focus on board governance matters, directors and officers liability, insurance law, real estate law, employment litigation, product liability, and general business issues that affect the firm’s primary client base. In addition to its central Chicago location, R. Connor & Associates supports offices in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Boston, Massachusetts.
Robert Heist founded the firm to provide expert legal guidance in areas that range from contract negotiation to regulatory compliance. In addition to his responsibilities with R. Connor & Associates, he sits on the board of managers for the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, as well as the board of directors of the $13 billion Hershey Trust. Mr. Heist is currently the Vice-Chairman of both boards and is the Chairman of the Nominating & Governance Committees for both boards. He also serves on the board of the M.S. Hershey Foundation in Hershey, PA.
Outside of the professional arena, Mr. Heist supports multiple charitable initiatives, including the Egypt Cancer Network and the Association of Friends of the National Cancer Institute. He also enjoys wilderness activities such as hiking and fishing, as well as competitive sports, such as tennis and hockey.