Heather E. Ross


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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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  • 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


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


Heather Ross is a principal of the firm, which she joined in December 2016. Ms. Ross’s practice focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation, as well as guiding businesses and individuals through internal and government investigations.  Ms. Ross has tried many cases to jury and has extensive experience in commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and employment disputes.  She regularly appears before state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, and the Vermont Human Rights Commission.  In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Ross frequently counsels employers on complying with state and federal anti-discrimination laws, family and medical leave laws, wage and hour laws, and other employment matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ross spent fourteen years as an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont where she prosecuted numerous fraud and financial crimes, multi-state drug trafficking cases, and human trafficking cases from the investigation stage through trial, sentencing and appeal.  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 oversaw the Asset Forfeiture Unit for five years and served as the Co-Chair of Vermont’s statewide Human Trafficking Task Force.  In addition to trying cases, Ms. Ross also trained law enforcement officers, health care providers, and other community stakeholders on using a trauma-informed approach in interviewing victims of sex trafficking and sexual assault.

Earlier in her tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ross was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division where she was responsible for a wide range of complex civil litigation, including employment disputes, environmental claims, the defense of medical malpractice actions, and the prosecution of enforcement actions under the False Claims Act.

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).