Heather earned her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Michigan State University (class of 1998). While working towards her undergraduate degree, Heather studied abroad at both the University of New South Wales and the University of Canberra in Australia. Upon graduating, Heather held her first professional position at the State of Michigan Bureau of Automotive Regulation, writing manuals for customer service representatives and investigators. A research-heavy position, Heather cultivated an eye for detail and thorough examination of data. These values continue to inform her practice today.
Undertaking her Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School (class of 2001), Heather balanced her full-time career at the Bureau of Automotive Regulation with the rigors of her graduate studies. Managing both a professional and academic portfolio was not enough for Heather and her trademark energy, however. Throughout her studies at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Heather participated in the student moot court, served as the editor-in-chief of the Law Review in her penultimate year of study, and completed an externship training under the then-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly. To round out her legal training, Heather was recruited to clerk for Chief Judge of the Livingston County Circuit Court Stanley J. Latreille, who passed away in early 2020. Working under Chief Judge Latreille afforded Heather the invaluable opportunity of acquiring an intimate, first-hand look at the intricacies of the court system, knowledge that may only be gained through such hands-on involvement.
An Attorney With a Wide Range of Experience
Upon the completion of her education and introduction to the court, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School hired Heather as first a visiting, and later an adjunct, professor. With courses covering topics such as research and writing, scholarly writing, and moot court -- as well as being selected to supervise a number of independent study projects -- Heather’s work as an educator reflects her commitment to mentoring aspiring lawyers and developing a keen understanding of the law.
Currently, Heather represents clients in appeals, criminal cases, personal injury cases, and gun trusts across the state of Michigan. Though she possesses extensive experience managing family lawsuits, the intensely litigative nature of Heather’s process limits her ability to manage more than a handful of family suits per year, which she limits to local families residing in Livingston County. Striving to provide the most effective service to her prospective clients while upholding a personable, involved attitude, this professional priority underlies her decision to maintain a more manageable caseload.
In Heather’s words, “What distinguishes my practice is my extensive experience training under and consulting with experts in every area of law that I pursue. I possess a close working relationship with a private investigator who is professional, efficient, and effective in every complex case I assign. I utilize a diverse range of professionals, including chemical and explosion investigators, DNA investigators, forensic CPAs, handwriting analysts, psychologists and psychiatrists, sexual risk evaluators, and traffic reconstructionists, all of whom yield high rates of success in each consultation."
Published & Trusted Attorney
Published in Lawyer’s Weekly and US News and World and having been featured as a commentator on local television news outlets and newspaper publications, Heather’s legal career is rich in experience, signifying her passion and dedication to cultivating a comprehensive professional portfolio. In her spare time, Heather enjoys scenic trail rides with her horse Twister as an active member of the Waterloo Hunt Club and traveling with her family.