Heather began her practice handling a complicated, national civil R.I.C.O. case on behalf of Owens Corning, and transitioned into complex commercial, construction, and surety law where she has primarily focused her practice ever since. She has over two decades of experience handling construction and surety matters ranging in value from $1,000 to $93 million, on some of the most recognizable projects in the country. Having an undergraduate degree in business, Heather brings a unique perspective to these practice areas. When she is not vigorously asserting and defending claims on behalf of clients, Heather enjoys world-wide travel, biking and hiking with her family.
B.S., Business, University of Colorado (Boulder)
J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Honors & Awards
Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Construction Law (2013-2022)
Best Lawyers®, Women in the Law (2017)
Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2009-2021)
Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers – Top 50 Women Edition (2011-2021)
Named in the Top 50 attorneys – Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2015 – 2018)
Named in the Top 100 attorneys – Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2014 – 2020)
Selected for inclusion in Women Leaders in the Law™ – Fortune Magazine (2015)
Best Lawyers Business Edition (2015) – Construction Law
Selected to receive the Top 30 Most Influential Women Award – Kansas City Business Magazine (2013)
Top 50 Women Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas – KC Magazine (2010-2011, 2013-2014)
Best of the Bar – Kansas City Business Journal (2011)
Madison Who’s Who – Affiliated Member (2010)
Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals Throughout the World (2010)
Selected for inclusion in Missouri Super Lawyers-Corporate Counsel Edition (Construction Litigation) (2009)
Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition (2008)
Up & Coming Lawyer – Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2007)
Who’s Who – National Registry, Lifetime Member (2001)
Executive Editor – Loyola Consumer Law Reporter (1995-1996)
Chief Lead Articles Editor – Loyola Consumer Law Reporter (1994-1995)
Senior Member – Loyola University Chicago Law Journal (1995- 1996)
Judicial Extern, The Honorable Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Spring 1995-Fall 1995)
Bar Admissions & Professional Associations
U.S. District Court – District of Colorado
U.S. District Court – District of Kansas
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court – Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court – Western District of Missouri
American Bar Association (Fidelity and Surety Law Committee)
American Subcontractors Association (Greater Kansas City Chapter)
Douglas County, Kansas Bar Association
Director at the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. Heart of America Chapter (2021)
Defense Research Institute, Fidelity and Surety Committee Vice Chair (2017-2019); Chair (2019-present)
Defense Research Institute, Fidelity and Surety Steering Committee (2015-present)
Johnson County, Kansas Bar Association
Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court (President 2017-2018; Vice President 2016-2017) (Excellence Bronze Designation)
Kansas Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Member, Federal Courts Advocate Section)
National Association of Women in Construction, Kansas City, Missouri Chapter (Former Member and Past Executive Board Member)
The Central Exchange
The Missouri Bar (Member, Construction Law Committee)
Surety Claims Institute
Successfully represented a regional steel fabricator and erector in pursuing claims against Haren Laughlin arising out of the construction of the District at City Center in Lenexa, Kansas, including complex construction sequencing and scheduling claims, design changes, and claims of disregard for contract formalities. (2020).
Successfully represented a national developer in defending claims by Centric Projects, LLC arising out of the reconstruction of the historical 905 Broadway building located in downtown Kansas City, including unfounded claims of unforeseen conditions, incomplete design, delay claims, and extensive change orders. (2019).
Successfully represented Balfour Beatty and its surety companies on a $93 million claim under the Contract Disputes Act, against the United States Government, involving the construction of the Irwin Army Community Hospital on Ft. Riley, in Kansas (2017).
Successfully represented Balfour Beatty and its surety companies in defending $45 million in claims by subcontractors and suppliers, arising out of the construction of the Irwin Army Community Hospital on Ft. Riley, in Kansas (2017).
Obtained summary judgment after lengthy briefing and two days of oral argument on Kansas Consumer Protection Act claim. (Ayers v. Price Residential, Inc., Johnson County District Court, Case No. 05CV6934).
Westfield Insurance Company v. Harvest Construction Gen. Contracting, Inc., Mabe Brothers, LLC, et al., Johnson County, Kansas. Obtained $2,500,000 judgment and completed the most comprehensive collections proceedings in Johnson County history.
FGI Glass Contracting, Inc. v. Walton Construction Co., Inc., America Arbitration Association. Heather assisted with obtaining a $5,200,000 arbitration award against Walton Construction Co., Inc., on behalf of FGI Glass Contracting, Inc. in connection with the construction of the Kansas City International Airport.
Elizabeth A. Ray & David L. Ray v. Bainbridge, Inc. – Douglas County District Court, Colorado. Obtained a $2,900,000 verdict for clients on construction defects and Colorado Consumer Protection Act claims.
Publications & Seminars
“Construction Conflict Management.” Commercial Journal-Kansas City February/March 2007.
Design-Building on Government Projects, in the Architect’s Guide to Design-Build Services 213-230 (G. William Quatman, II, ed. 2003).
Various articles in The Law Corner for American Subcontractors Association (Greater Kansas City Chapter).
American Society of Professional Estimators Chapter 32
“Avoiding Contract Pitfalls for Estimators.”
“Construction Law Knowledge Tools.”
“Partner AND Get Paid: Winning with Incomplete Documents.”
“Advanced Mechanic’s Liens.”
“Avoiding Future Contract Issues: The Importance of Understanding Contract Terms, Documentation and Scheduling Basics.”
“Bonding and Surety Law.”
“Collecting Your Money.”
Construction Estimating Academy Presenter.
“Ethics in estimating: Legal options for victims of unethical estimating.”
“Killer Contract Clauses and the Do’s and Don’ts of Delay Damages: Missouri and Kansas”
“The Nuts and Bolts of Building Green.”
“Sustainable Design and Construction: An Introduction to LEED Certification and Its Legal Impacts.”
Defense Research Institute
Navigating Surety Claims on a Federal Project, For the Defense, March 2014, at 48.
“Surety Takeover: Options in the Fact of Default.” DRI Fidelity and Surety Roundtable Presenter – Chicago, Illinois
Lorman Educational Services
“The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in Missouri.”
“Managing Construction Projects in Kansas.”
Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education
“How to Series: Mechanic’s Liens.”
“Suretyship Update Seminar.”
National Business Institute
“Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z.”