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, Associate Attorney, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
  • 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:

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Vermont Bar Association
  • Treasurer, Federal Bar Association,  Vermont Chapter (September 2017-Present)
  • Vice-President, Chittenden County Bar Association (June 2015-Present)
  • Board Member, KidSafe Collaborative (January 2015-Present)
  • Co-Chair, Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force (2013-2016)

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 of the firm, which she joined in December 2016 after fourteen years at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont. Ms. Ross has extensive experience in complex civil and criminal litigation, as well as investigations, with a particular focus on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and employment disputes.

During her time at the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ross prosecuted numerous fraud and financial crimes cases, multi-state drug trafficking cases, and human trafficking cases from the investigation stage through trial or plea resolution, sentencing and appeal. She oversaw the Asset Forfeiture Unit within the U.S. Attorney’s Office and served as the Co-Chair of Vermont’s statewide Human Trafficking Task Force.  She successfully obtained the first human trafficking conviction in Vermont and has provided trainings to law enforcement personnel and other groups on using a trauma-informed approach to interview victims of sex trafficking and sexual assault.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ross was an associate attorney at a leading Vermont law firm where her practice focused on labor and employment law.

Ms. Ross appears before state and federal courts, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Vermont Human Rights Commission. She regularly counsels employers on complying with state and federal anti-discrimination laws, family and medical leave laws, wage and hour laws, and other employment matters. 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).

 

Notable representations include:

  • Successfully prosecuted the then-largest public sector fraud case in the District of Vermont involving an employee who embezzled almost two million dollars from a rural electric cooperative
  • Led the investigation and trial of a multi-state narcotics trafficking ring involving seventeen defendants, including members of a Mexican drug cartel
  • Successfully defended federally qualified health care center in obtaining dismissal of medical malpractice and wrongful death action
  • Represented state and federal transportation agencies in obtaining dismissal of significant attorneys’ fees lawsuit
  • Successfully defended health care entities, banks, and other businesses in obtaining summary judgment or other dismissal of employment lawsuits involving ERISA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Vermont’s Fair Employment Practices Act and other anti-discrimination laws