Washington University School of Law,
Order of the Coif
Washington University Law Quarterly
Student Clerk, Hon. Theodore McMillian, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Washington University in St. Louis,
M.A., British and American Literature, 2000
University of Missouri-Columbia,
B.A., English, magna cum laude, 1999
, Phi Beta Kappa
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
Kawasaki Motors Corp.
Maritz Holdings, Inc.
American Tower Company
Thompson Coburn LLP
Summer Associate, 2002
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Student Clerk for the Honorable Theodore MacMillian, 2002
Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton, P.C.
Summer Associate, 2001
Heather defends clients facing consumer products claims and commercial litigation.
Heather acts as national counsel for manufacturers facing tort and injury litigation in state and federal courts, including, most recently, representing a tobacco client at trial in California and an automotive manufacturer facing trial in Texas.
Heather is well-versed in commercial claims as well, including civil RICO. She served on the defense trial team for one of the largest civil RICO cases brought by the Department of Justice (U.S. v. Philip Morris USA), where she handled issues including marketing, consumer risk perception, injury causation and compelled commercial speech. Heather has also helped craft RICO claims brought by civil plaintiffs in complex commercial litigation in the telecommunications industry.
Heather is experienced in all phases of litigation, from responsive pleadings through post-trial and appellate briefing. In particular, she has successfully worked to limit or exclude from trial the opinions of opposing experts. Heather's work regarding expert witnesses extends to fields as diverse as epidemiology, neuropsychology, emergency medicine, mechanical engineering, and marketing.
In addition to her litigation practice, Heather also counsels product manufacturing clients regarding issues such as CPSC product recalls and investigations.
“Ruggiero v. Yamaha ruling cited, ‘Recent Expert Reliability Rulings”
New York Law Journal October 2019
"Is San Francisco's sugar-sweetened beverage rule watering down First Amendment rights?";
The Food Fight Blog, June 2016
"'Added Sugar' gets a bad rap, but California's 'Food Court' dismisses proposed class claims";
The Food Fight Blog, December 2015
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