Heather Stewart is an accomplished attorney with more than seventeen years of experience with almost all of these exclusively dedicated to the practice of family law. These years have allowed her to fine-tune and showcase her exceptional writing skills that reveal her English and literary background and her intent to “win on paper before the judge even sees the client.”
Ms. Stewart is well versed in all areas of family law, including, but not limited to: divorce and separation, division of assets and debts, spousal maintenance, paternity, parenting time, school choice, holiday schedules, relocation, legal decision making, grandparents’ rights and child support and child support arrears. To increase her education and knowledge, Ms. Stewart has attended multiple seminars and extensive training programs including 40 hours of mediation training and 40 hours of education and training dealing with the issues of domestic and sexual violence. She is also proficient in many areas of juvenile law and enjoys adoptions referring to them as one of the “joyful days” in Court.
Her strong devotion to the legal community is noted by her years of pro bono work including earning distinction by receiving a nod as one of the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in the State of Arizona (2015) and being a multiple recipient of the East Valley Attorney of the Year for the Family Law Assistance Project including most recently in 2015.
Ms. Stewart believes that the parties feel more in control when they are able to assist in brokering a solution to their family law needs themselves instead of just waiting for the dictates of the Court. Thus, the myriad of family law issues faced by a client should first attempt to be resolved by alternative dispute resolution such as a settlement conference or mediation. However, there are many times when evidentiary hearings and trials are the only solutions and at such time, Ms. Stewart will work tirelessly on your behalf to be well prepared, effective and ultimately successful. It should be stated that Ms. Stewart is well known for her tenacity and loyalty to her clients. She has extensive litigation experience and has even been hired as the “trial attorney” to step in the shoes of another attorney at the time of trial.
Ms. Stewart is a native of Pennsylvania but spent many years in the Deep South including graduating from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of the Arts and attending law school in New Orleans, Louisiana at Loyola University. At Loyola, she was part of a pilot program to teach young children the basic tenets and rights of the law by spending one morning a week in the local public schools. Ms. Stewart has also taught civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution at the college level.
Ms. Stewart previously had her own boutique law firm for many years before joining Bill in his practice. She is a member of the Arizona State Bar’s Family and Juvenile Sections, Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators as well as a member of the prestigious Lorna Lockwood Inn of Court,
In her spare time, Ms. Stewart enjoys volunteering across the Valley including with Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center, the Volunteer Lawyer’s Program and Helen’s Hope Chest a foster care resource center. She enjoys spending time with her family, her two book clubs and her dogs.