Development of a Legal Activist

After graduating from ASU, Heather received a full-ride scholarship to attend ASU law.  But, as a life-long activist for social justice, she had only one school in mind:  the University of California at Berkeley.

Heather arrived at Berkeley during a time of great social upheaval.  She then accepted a job at Perkins Coie, one of the largest law firms in the country, in the hopes of working on some of the firm’s well-known pro bono cases.  Eventually, however, Heather felt that her impact could be more significant in the non-profit sector, and left Perkins to create Justice that Works, a 501(c0(3) dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system.

In 2018, Heather got the itch to return to the full-time practice of law.  It took little time for her to find a place at the PLF.  She has been representing civil rights and injury plaintiffs in the courtroom ever since. 

What Makes This “The People’s Law Firm”?

There are a lot of lawyers out there with good intentions.  But intention doesn’t always equal impact.  Especially when it comes to this type of work.

The cases we take on involve clearly-defined sides:  It is the System vs. the Person.  And our loyalties are clear:  We represent the people. 

That’s why we’re The People’s Law Firm.  Because if a system doesn’t work for everyone, it doesn’t work.  Period.  And we won’t stop until it does.

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2013

Education

  • J.D. - University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2013
  • B.A. (Anthropology) - Arizona State University, 2009

Legal Experience

  • Attorney: The People's Law Firm (Aug 2018 – Present)
    • Phoenix, Arizona 
  • Executive Director & Founder:  Justice That Works (Nov 2015- Jan 2019)
    • Phoenix, Arizona
    • Founded non-profit dedicated to ending mass incarceration and police violence in Arizona.
  • Attorney: Perkins Coie LLP (Aug 2014- Nov 2015)
    • Phoenix, Arizona
    • Represented clients in numerous civil rights, immigration rights, and human rights cases.

Judicial Clerk: Arizona Court of Appeals (Aug 2013 – Aug 2014)

  • Clerked for the Chief Judge Diane Johnsen