Heidi is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney who practices in elder law, Medicaid planning, guardianship, probate and trust administration, probate and guardianship litigation, estate planning and special-needs trusts.
Typically working with families at a difficult time due to death or illness, Heidi diligently works to find answers that comfort. While emotions run high in those crises, she is a sincere, eager champion of the underdog. Her work also includes protecting the rights of incapacitated elderly people as well as minors and the legally disabled. In addition, Heidi is a community leader, speaking to local groups and mentoring young lawyers. Her biggest message: Caring, along with ethics and effort, equals success. Her philosophy: “I’m not afraid to fight a good fight to do the right thing.”
Heidi is the current President of Share the Care, Inc. She is also the incoming president of the Rotary Club of Orlando Foundation.
Admitted to bar, 1997, Florida;
1998, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida;
1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (B.S., 1993);
Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia (J.D., Fall, 1995).
The Florida Bar (Member, Elder Law Section and Real Property, Probate and Trust Section);
Orange County Bar Association (Chairperson of the Estate, Guardianship and Trust Law Committee, 2004-2005, Co-Chairperson of the Estate, Guardianship and Trust Law Committee; 2003-2004, Member, Elder Law Committee);
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
2011-2020, Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters;
2017-2021, The Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report;
2007-2020, Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine;
2015, Named to Top 50 List of Women Super Lawyers in Florida by Super Lawyers Magazine;
2012, Five Star Wealth Manager, Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine;
2012, Top Women Lawyers, Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine;
2012, recognized by The Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division for pro bono work;
2005, Best of the Bar, Orlando Business Journal; two time Paul Harris Fellow; recognized by The J.P. Holbrook Foundation.
2012-2014, 2020, Board President, Share the Care, Inc.;
2008, 2015 & 2020, President of the Rotary Club of Orlando Foundation;
2019, Speaker, “Florida Guardian Phone Bank” hosted by Wesh 2 News;
2018-2019, Teaches Guardianship Education Class for Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties;
2019, Speaker, “Vital Living Forum: Elder Law” hosted by Orange TV;
2018, Speaker, “Guardianship and Guardianship for the Elder Law Practice” hosted by The Orange County Bar Association Elder Law and Estate, Guardianship & Trust Committees;
2018, Guest Panelist, “Caring for the Caregiver” hosted by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management;
2015, Vice President of Share the Care, Inc.;
2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, Vice President of the Rotary Club of Orlando Foundation;
2010, Rotary Club of Orlando Board of Directors, Speaker Chair;
2007-present, Rotary Club of Orlando Foundation Board of Directors;
2007-2008, Rotary Leadership Institute Graduate;
2011, Guardianship Committee for the Elder Law Section;
2007, Professor, Barry University School of Law, Orlando, FL, course taught and co-authored, Florida Probate Practice;
2004, Member, Task Force, Florida-Georgia District of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod;
2003, Planning Committee, WMFE “Ask-A Lawyer” Broadcast;
2001-2002, Guest Panelist, WMFE “Ask-A-Lawyer” Channel 24 Broadcast;