Heather is a partner, focusing on complex commercial litigation, bonding and surety law, business and corporate law and construction law.  She routinely advises national surety companies and local and international corporations on matters ranging from construction contract defaults to breaches of employment agreements, and from indemnity lawsuits to corporate fraud and embezzlement.  Heather has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal courts, as well as in commercial arbitration proceedings.

Recent Work
  • Won a verdict of +$5 million in a suit for corporate fraud/embezzlement on behalf of an international manufacturing company headquartered in Moore County, including service of process through the Hague Convention on residents of the U.K., taking depositions in the U.K., and cooperating with local counsel in the U.K.
  • Defended minority drywall contractor and its surety under a $800,000 performance bond claim on the construction of a multi-million dollar state agency facility in Raleigh
  • Attached the proceeds of a home sale in N.C. by a foreign citizen, obtained a judgment, and secured sale proceeds in satisfaction of a prior judgment
  • Negotiated and drafted documents for the purchase of dental practice assets for $565,000, including lease review and negotiation, and modification of restrictive covenants and covenant not to compete from prior employer
  • Successfully handled indemnity claim against plumbing company on behalf of national surety for performance bond claims on a multi-million dollar hotel project for an international hotel chain
  • Settled for $50,000 a bankruptcy adversary proceeding for multi-million dollar claim against co-owner of a construction company
  • Successfully handled indemnity claim against plumbing company on behalf of national surety for performance bond claims on a multi-million dollar hotel project for an international hotel chain
  • Settled for $20,000 a bankruptcy adversary proceeding claim for +$290,000 against former owner of construction company, to avoid transfers under Sections 544(b) and 548(a) of the Bankruptcy Code
  • Handled $261,000 stock purchase of minority interest in a dental practice
  • Closed $12 million refinance of commercial real estate development in Raleigh on behalf of developer/owner

The outcome of a particular matter cannot be based upon a lawyer’s or law firm’s past results.

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Education
University of North Carolina-Charlotte, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999
Wake Forest University, J.D., 2002

Bar Affiliations
North Carolina Bar Association (Business Section)
Wake County Bar Association
American Bar Association

Admitted to Practice
All North Carolina state courts
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Awards/Honors
Best Oralist, 2000 Stanley Moot Court Competition, Wake Forest School of Law
Semi-Finalist, 2000 Stanley Moot Court Competition, Wake Forest School of Law
Second Place Oralist, 2001 Tulane National Moot Court Sports Law Competition
C.A.L.I. Award for Excellence in Study of International Law, Wake Forest School of Law
Wake Forest School of Law, Teaching Assistant, Master of Laws L.L.M. Program, 2001-2002
UNC Charlotte – Robert Fowler Jr., Esquire International Scholar, 1998-1999
UNC Charlotte – Outstanding Senior, Dept. of Political Science, 1999

Personal

Community Involvement

Wake Women Attorneys – Board of Directors member
Wake County Bar Association – member
North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys – member
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce – member
Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties – former member
North Carolina Museum of Art – member of the Contemporaries
Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art – member of the Young Affiliates
Council on International Educational Exchange – international volunteer, San Marzano Oliveto, Italy and Dresden, Germany

A Few Passions: Travel, a good book, the arts, my family

A Favorite Quote: “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin