Biography

Heather has nearly a decade of experience in a range of educational law matters with a primary focus on special education. She provides legal advice to superintendents, directors and other school personnel.

Her practice includes representing several local school districts regarding school-age special education matters under the IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other related State and Federal laws. She also represents a local Intermediate Unit regarding early intervention/preschool services issues.

She routinely represents her clients at Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, evaluation report meeting and due process hearings. She has successfully litigated many administrative due process hearings involving a variety of claims includes those for tuition reimbursement, private placements, reimbursement for related services, reimbursement for Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs) and/or demands for compensatory education.

Before Fox Rothschild

Heather previously served as an education attorney in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. In this role, she represented several school districts in special education and related matters including student discipline issues, gifted cases and some employment matters.

Prior to that, she served as assistant general counsel for the School District of Philadelphia. In this role, she was in-house counsel to a large urban district and assigned to the special education unit. She handled a vast variety of special education matters as part of her role.

Heather is a former assistant city solicitor for the City of Philadelphia Law Department. She was assigned to the Child Welfare Unit and focused on matters involving older youth and adoptions. She routinely represented her client in Philadelphia Family Court as well as in State administrative hearings.

While in law school, Heather served as the articles editor for the Widener Law Review.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Heather recently presented several programs to local school districts and intermediate units on the topics of procedural safeguards, email etiquette, Section 504 and amendments under the American’s with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA).