Biography

Heather serves as the Chair of the Intellectual Property practice group. A registered Patent Attorney, her practice includes the domestic and international prosecution of patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as litigation research pertaining to all areas of intellectual property. She also provides intellectual property support for corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions. Coordinating efforts through seizures and other measures, she represents nationally recognized brands in their efforts to discontinue counterfeiting. Her combined background in mechanical engineering and law uniquely qualifies her to assist the firm’s business clients.

Heather’s prior experience includes serving as an attorney with Emerson & Skeriotis and as an intellectual property attorney with the law firm of McLaughlin and McNally. 

Heather is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Professional & Civic Activities
    • Akron Bar Association, Member
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
    • Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
    • Leadership Akron (Class 29), Graduate
    • National Super Kids Classic, Board of Directors
    • Akron Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • Torchbearers, Past President and Vice President
    • Torchbearers College Committee, Former Chair
  • Articles & Presentations
    • "Software License Audits - How To Survive a Software License Compliance Audit," Smart Business News (May 2013)
    • "Protecting Your Intellectual Property Takes a Conscious Effort," Smart Business News (March 2013)
    • "Protecting Your Medical Inventions, Designs and Processes," co-author with Christopher M. Huryn of Brouse McDowell, MD News (September-October 2012)
    • "Perfection at the Intersection of the UCC and Federal IP Law," co-author with Suzana K. Koch, ABI Journal, 3, 60, 115-116 (April 2012)
    • "Trademark Issues that Affect Every Business Owner" Steubenville Bar Association, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio (August 2009)
    • "Networking - Making Relationships Click,”
      “I Am Women Hear Me Roar - Making Your Voice Heard,”
      “Making a Difference in Your Community”
      The Ohio Conference for Women, Cincinnati, Ohio (May 2009)
    • “How to Search Like a Pro: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web” National Business Institute, Akron, Ohio (May 2009)
    • Strategies for Professional Success Ohio Diversity Council Conference, Columbus, Ohio (November 2008)
    • Patent, Trademark and Copyright Basics for Entrepreneurs Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Ashland University, Ohio (September 2007)
    • Basic Intellectual Property Strategies Project Bootstraps, Jefferson Community College, Steubenville, Ohio (April 2006)
  • Representative Engagements
    • Heather represents a consumer product company with respect to its domestic and foreign intellectual property matters. She conducted a seizure of counterfeit goods with U.S. Marshals in the State of California in a case against an importer of counterfeit goods.
  • Distinctions
    • Cleveland’s Legal Leaders™ – Top Rated Lawyer in General Practice, Intellectual Property, and Internet Law — 2013
    • ‘4th Annual Barbara Mathews Award,’ by Leadership Akron — June 5, 2013
    • Rising Star through a peer- and achievement-based review conducted by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of Thompson Reuters legal division — 2006-2012
    • ‘Most Powerful & Influential Women in Ohio,’ by Ohio Diversity Council — 2008-2009
    • ‘30 for the Future’ Young Professional by the Greater Akron Chamber — 2008