Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Heather was an attorney and advisor with the U.S. Army Claims Service. There she supervised, investigated and determined the appropriate course of action for tort claims including medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, and property damage alleged against the U.S. Army under to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), the Military Claims Act (MCA) and the Foreign Claims Act (FCA). Heather has insight that few others possess on how the military handles torts claims, which she uses to assist clients with their actions against the U.S. Government for damages. However, a majority of her experience was in the area of military justice.
Heather served as both a senior and trial defense counsel with the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service in Korea and at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While with Trial Defense Service, she provided criminal and administrative legal services to a community of over 50,000 service members. She represented and advised soldiers at all phases of trial and administrative hearings. Heather began her career as a prosecutor and legal aid attorney in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in Fort Benning, Georgia.
Heather obtained her juris doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was managing editor of the Albany Law Environmental Outlook Journal. She went on to receive her master of laws degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Trial Advocacy, where she graduated with honors. Heather attended the University of Virginia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree with distinction.
Accreditations / Awards
•Meritorious Service Medal
•Army Commendation Medal x4
•Federal Executive Service - Excellence in Federal Caree
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