Heather graduated from Wake Forest University with a double major in sociology and psychology and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Campbell University School of Law. Heather is licensed in North Carolina and practices exclusively in family law, domestic relations, and adoptions. In addition to her private practice, Heather is also a Certified Family Financial Mediator in the State of North Carolina. Additionally, in 2017 Heather became a Board Certified Family Law Specialist.
Throughout college, Heather volunteered her time with Family Services in Winston-Salem as both a Rape Victim Advocate and a Domestic Violence Crisis Line Volunteer. Heather also worked for the North Carolina Justice Academy and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation as a Special Weapons & Tactics Intern and a Field Operations Intern, respectively, where she earned certificates of completion in Rapid Deployment, Child Death Investigations, and Domestic Assaults. After graduation, Heather moved to Charlotte and began a full-time career as a family law paralegal. Simultaneously, Heather began attending school full time to obtain her paralegal certification. After falling in love with the practice of family law, Heather made the decision to move to Raleigh to pursue her law degree. While in law school, Heather volunteered her time as a Guardian ad litem with the Johnston County Courts, reviewed claims of innocence for the Actual Innocence Project, and served as a juvenile mediator through the Juvenile Justice Project. Heather also implemented and supervised the Pro Bono Student Council and founded the Campbell Law Pro Bono Publico Initiative, the first comprehensive pro bono program in the law school’s history. In her final year of law school, Heather was appointed by her classmates to serve as the Attorney General of the Honor Court. Moreover, Heather obtained her Third-Year Practice Certification through the North Carolina State Bar, which enabled her to successfully argue post-jury trial motions as a third year law student. At her law school graduation, Heather was recognized as Pro Bono Student of the Year by the North Carolina State Bar. Thereafter, Heather moved back to Charlotte and began her practice in family law, domestic relations, and adoptions. In 2014, Heather became one of only a handful of lawyers to graduate from the Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute.
Heather is a contributing member of the National Association of Family Law Attorneys, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, the National Association of Counsel for Children, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, the National LBGT Bar Association, and the North Carolina Bar Association. In addition, Heather currently serves on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Family Law Council as a co-chair of the Adoption Section. At the local level, Heather is a member of the Charlotte Women Attorneys, the Union County Bar Association, and the Mecklenburg County Bar Association. Heather is very active in the Family Law Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar and serves on a number of the local Bar committees including, but not limited to, the Bar Leadership Institute Committee and the Bar Nominating Committee. Heather also volunteers as a trained Child Custody Advocate Attorney with the Council for Children’s Rights.
Heather has been recognized by her clients for her exceptional representation, earning the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award in 2015 and the Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for the last 3 years running. Heather has also been recognized by her colleagues for the last 2 years as the Nation’s Top One Percent from the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys for the past four years.