My grandmother wasn't a lawyer, but she should have been. The lessons she taught me shaped the way I live my life and do my job:
The truth is priceless- always tell it and stand up for it. Go the extra mile. Never meet a stranger- everyone has a story if you just give them an opportunity to tell it. No one is perfect but we all have the obligation to take responsibility for mistakes.
Protecting my clients and being their voice is important to me. I understand the harm or injustice that brought them to me is of the biggest things going on in their life at the time.
I am a career trial lawyer. Before starting Heather Long Law, I spent twelve years representing people and companies in three major Dallas personal injury firms. I've had the opportunity to handle all kinds of cases here in Texas and across the nation- from truck wrecks and injuries caused by dangerous products to oil-field injuries and deaths, explosions, and a variety of civil rights cases.
Over my career, I've helped clients find justice when all the odds seemed stacked against them- whether that be because a wrongdoer was trying to hide the truth or laws made it hard to right the wrongs in the case. When I'm working on a case, I'm a warrior for my clients and committed to their search for answers.
Investigating and gathering information is important in every case. I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and think outside of the box to help my clients. For instance, I started learning to read source code a few years ago to better understand and locate information posted by witnesses and parties on social media. When I came across a rare product in an asbestos case several years ago, I found proof the product contained asbestos when my client used it in the 1950s and 1960s while reading old patent applications filed by the manufacturer.
And here's how I'll work for you:
01 I'll look at the facts you give me, do any additional investigation I need to do, and tell you if the law recognizes something actionable for you. If no, I won't waste your time or money. If yes, I'll push up my sleeves and get to work.
02 I'll tell your story and be your voice. And do it in a way that advocates for you and navigates all the political landmines set out for people in Texas who go against companies or insurance carriers.While every client and every case is different, my approach to each one is based on those lessons. Stand up for the truth. Go above and beyond. Get to know the people and their stories. I can't undo the harm my clients have experienced or the pain they feel, but I will fight with them for justice.
Admissions State Bar of Texas, 2006 State Bar of New Mexico, 2008
Education South Texas College of Law, J.D. - 2006 Texas A&M University, B.S. Political Science - 2004
Awards/Recognition Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America - 2019 in the field of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars (2013-2018) by Thompson Reuters The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 (2018) Dallas Association of Young Lawyers: "One to Watch" (2009)
Memberships/Affiliations Texas Trial Lawyers Association - Chair, Advocates Board of Directors (2015) - Executive Committee (2014, 2015) - Board of Directors (2012- present) Dallas Trial Lawyers Association - Board of Directors (2012- present)) American Association of Justice Dallas Bar Association
Seminars and Presentations "TNCs and Taxis" (TTLA) "Transportation Network Companies" (TTLA, DTLA, UT CLE) "Responsible Third Parties and Unique Defendants" (TTLA) "Pointing the Finger: Responsible Third Parties in Car Wreck Cases" (TTLA) "Opening Statements" (TTLA) "What it's Really Like to be a Civil Litigator" (DAYL) "Small Firm Practice Seminar" (DAYL)