Heather E. Ross

Attorney

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30 Main Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 66
Burlington, VT 05402-0066

Tel: 802-864-9891
Fax: 802-864-6815

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Education

  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 1995
  • A.B., Smith College, 1991 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Harvard University, 1989-1990, Visiting Undergraduate Student

Prior Experience:

  • 2002-2016, Assistant United States Attorney, District of Vermont
  • 1996-2002, Private Practice Attorney, Labor and Employment Law
  • 1995-1996, Law Clerk to the Honorable William K. Sessions III, United States District Court Judge for the District of Vermont

Professional and Community Activities:

  • President Elect, Federal Bar Association,  Vermont Chapter
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Vermont Bar Association
  • Member and Former Vice-President, Chittenden County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, KidSafe Collaborative
  • Board Member, Give Way to Freedom
  • Former Co-Chair, Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force

Admissions:

  • Vermont
  • United States District Court for the District of Vermont
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Biography:

Heather Ross is a principal and director of the firm, which she joined in December 2016.  Ms. Ross’ practice focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation, government enforcement and internal corporate investigations.  Ms. Ross has tried many cases to jury and has conducted numerous evidentiary hearings in state and federal court.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ross spent fourteen years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont prosecuting fraud and financial crimes, enforcing the federal False Claims Act, and litigating human trafficking cases.  She practices before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and in front of multiple regulatory and enforcement agencies.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Ross frequently advises employers on legal compliance issues, including compliance with state and federal anti-discrimination laws and other employment laws.  With a background in both employment law and investigations, Ms. Ross has regularly conducted sexual harassment and other discrimination investigations in the private sector.

While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ross served as lead trial counsel in the only Vermont prosecution involving members of a Mexican drug cartel, successfully obtained the State’s first human trafficking conviction, and prosecuted the then-largest public sector fraud case in the Office.  She served as the Co-Chair of Vermont’s statewide Human Trafficking Task Force and in 2015, she assisted in developing a Public Service Announcement to raise community awareness about the intersection of drug trafficking and sex trafficking.  Ms. Ross continues to provide lectures to various community stakeholders on human trafficking issues.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ross was in private practice at a leading regional law firm where her practice focused on labor and employment law.  She began her career as the judicial clerk to the Honorable William K. Sessions III, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Vermont.  Ms. Ross has co-authored an article entitled, The Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Part I, 9 Journal of Pension Benefits 3 (Spring 2002).