Heather is not afraid to challenge authority. She fights for the rights of her clients tirelessly and effectively. Client satisfaction is her priority.
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Ms. Gonzales has successfully represented hundreds of clients in a wide variety of criminal matters ranging from juvenile offenses, traffic violations and misdemeanors to sexual assaults and homicides. She presently focuses her practice on handling serious felonies in state and federal courts. Ms. Gonzales is an experienced appellate attorney who has appeared and argued before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. She also represents claimants in Section 1983 litigation for violations of federally protected rights committed by persons acting under the color of law, including police misconduct. In addition to her criminal practice, Ms. Gonzales defends parents in protective custody matters, as well as respondents in protection from abuse and harassment cases.
Prior to her criminal defense focus, Ms. Gonzales litigated civil claims on behalf of individuals and businesses alongside several of Maine’s finest civil attorneys. She also provided free legal assistance to Maine’s seniors as a staff attorney with Maine’s Legal Services for the Elderly and litigated several high-profile cases involving elder exploitation and abuse.
Ms. Gonzales graduated cum laude from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. During law school, Ms. Gonzales was awarded the George Mason Law School Fellowship for academic achievement, the GMUSL Alumni Scholarship Award for her contributions to the law school, and the Public Interest Summer Fellowship Award for her dedication to providing legal services to low-income individuals. She was a member of the Moot Court Board and President of the Association for Public Interest Law.
State of Maine, 2001
U.S. District Court, District of Maine, November 2001
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, March 2002
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, May 2002
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, January 2003
University of Virginia, 1994
George Mason University School of Law, 2000
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