A fourth generation attorney, Heather began her legal career in Georgia, after receiving her law degree from the University of Mississippi in 2001. Heather has a diverse litigation practice, focusing on Health Care Litigation and General Liability.
In her health care practice, Heather represents physicians, nurses, physician’s groups and hospitals in medical malpractice claims. Within the area of general liability, Heather defends property owners and management companies in premises liability claims and provides proactive counseling on a broad range of risk management issues. She has extensive experience defending property owners against lawsuits arising from criminal acts committed by third parties. In addition, Heather has experience in representing clients in products liability and automobile liability claims. She has vast experience in representing clients at mediation and has tried numerous cases throughout Georgia.
- Health Care Litigation
- General Liability
Bar & court admissions
- Georgia, 2001
- U.S. District Court- Northern and Middle District Courts of Georgia
- Georgia State and Superior Courts; Georgia Court of Appeals; Georgia Supreme Court
- Atlanta Bar Association
- DeKalb Bar Association
- University of Mississippi, J.D., 2001
- University of Mississippi, B.S., 1997
- Martindale Hubbell® AV Preeminent rated
- Super Lawyer Magazine’s Georgia Rising Stars®(2006-2007, 2009, 2011-2016)
- Super Lawyer Magazine’s Georgia Super Lawyer (2017, 2018)
- Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite®, General Practice/Trial Law (2011)
- Georgia Society for Hospital Risk Management (GSHRM), Member
- Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Member
- Atlanta Beltline Partnership Board (AB67)
- Junior League of Atlanta, Member
- Past Chair of the Board, Women in the Profession Section
- Member, Litigation Section, Atlanta Bar
- University of Mississippi, Bessie Young Council, member
Represented a neonatologist in a jury trial in Fulton County. The physician was sued for medical negligence alleging that there was a breach of the standard of care. Plaintiff contended that physician failed to properly care for a baby born with respiratory distress syndrome and demanded $30million at trial. Jury found in favor of the Defendant physician, and a defense verdict was entered.
Represented a Urogynecologist who was sued for performing a hysterectomy and saccocolpopexy that Plaintiff claimed were not medically indicated. Several other Defendants were involved. Jury found in favor of all Defendant physicians.
Represented two Hematologists who were sued for allegedly failing to properly manage Plaintiff’s Coumadin levels. Jury found in favor of both Hematologists and a defense verdict was entered.
Represented a property management company at trial in a lawsuit by a tenant for mold exposure in the State Court of Clayton County. Obtained a directed verdict for management company during trial.
Represented a sub-contractor client in a subrogation action in a case pending in Gilmer County Superior Court. Plaintiff sought to recover amounts paid to its insured following a house fire, under the theory of negligent misrepresentation. Obtained a summary judgment for client, with the Court ruling that Plaintiff failed to meet the criteria required in order to demonstrate negligent misrepresentation in Georgia.
Represented an OB/GYN in a medical malpractice suit filed in the State Court of Fulton County. Plaintiff alleged that during a hysterectomy, a ureter injury occurred which went undetected or repaired by the defendant physician. After deliberating for less than one hour, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the physician.
Obtained summary judgment in Chatham County in a premises liability lawsuit on behalf of a client, a nationwide recycling company. The Court found that the Plaintiff assumed the risk of his actions, which warranted summary adjudication.
Obtained a Dismissal for a client, a cardiologist, in the Superior Court of Cherokee County. On behalf of the physician, it was argued that Plaintiff’s alleged battery claim was actually a medical malpractice claim, requiring an expert affidavit, pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 9-11-9.1. As Plaintiff failed to obtain an expert, and the statute of limitations had expired, the Court agreed and granted the Dismissal.