Heather practices in the area of complex commercial litigation. She primarily litigates contract disputes, business torts, financial services matters and other commercial actions in both federal and state courts.
In particular, Heather focuses her practice on representing financial institution clients in matters involving bank fraud, the Uniform Commercial Code (Articles 3, 4 and 4A), the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (Regulation E), the Expedited Funds Availability Act (Regulation CC), the Bank Secrecy Act, the Annunzio-Wylie Anti-Money Laundering Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, as well as state consumer protection and unfair trade practices laws. She also regularly assists clients regarding subpoena compliance and grand jury investigations.
In addition, Heather’s practice includes defending claims brought by borrowers in connection with mortgage loans and foreclosures under the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and other consumer lending laws.
- Defended national bank in numerous actions in connection with personal, business and non-profit accounts, including cases involving unauthorized signatures, wrongful dishonor, conversion, holder in due course, warranties, fraud, electronic funds transfers, know your customer protocols, customer privacy, internal investigations and reporting and customer breach of fiduciary duty.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- Author, Standing in the Wake of In re Cesar L.: The Effects on Parents’ Rights After Termination, 19 GEO, MASON U. CIV. RTS. L.J. 663, 2009
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason UniversityJD
Senior Notes Editor, Civil Rights Law Journal2009
University of FloridaBS
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2022, 2023, 2024
Named to “Virginia Rising Stars,” Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2019