I’m a strategic problem solver focused on using my legal and financial knowledge to achieve my client’s business objectives. With over a decade of experience representing public and private sector clients on complex redevelopment projects, transit-oriented developments, airports, infrastructure public-private partnerships, renewable energy projects, and residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects, I know how to bring the right players to the table to complete real estate deals.
Heather counsels her clients in all phases of commercial real estate acquisition, development, leasing, financing, and disposition. She understands both the common issues involved in these transactions, such as title and survey matters, existing entitlements, and construction and financing obstacles, and the more nuanced issues, such as Bureau of Land Management land exchanges, tenancy-in-common issues, and applicable tax credits and incentives.
Heather’s work on behalf of renewable energy clients includes representing developers on the acquisition of an early-stage projects, lenders in connection with loans for the acquisition or construction of renewable energy facilities, and investors financing their project portfolios, developing innovative royalty-generating service arrangements, or acquiring large, mature renewable energy projects. Heather was previously an attorney with a large international law firm, serving both as an associate and as the firm’s Clean Technology Program Manager, providing market analysis and strategic advice with respect to renewable energy, corporate sustainability, energy efficiency, smart grid, clean transportation, water, and energy storage.
Heather’s conservation law practice includes advising clients on both the donation and sale of conservation easements to land trusts and local governments by private landowners throughout the Mountain West. These complex conservation easement transactions meet the landowner’s goals for the current and future generations while protecting tens of thousands of acres of agricultural lands, natural habitats, and open space from development. Heather regularly provides advice regarding the structuring of conservation transactions and has successfully closed multi-year gift and bargain-sale conservation easements, often requiring the coordination of numerous state and local government funds and private foundations and the negotiation of option agreements, subordination agreements, life estates, deeds, and tax credit applications.
Prior to law school, Heather was an environmental consultant in San Diego, where she represented both public and private entities in the preparation of environmental impact reports, habitat conservation plans, and other technical documents in accordance with related federal and state environmental laws and regulations.