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Heather Dawn Collier

Criminal defense Attorney at FOLEY, AL

4.9   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State AL
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Pardons and Paroles Expungments Felonies Misdemeanors DUI/DWI Traffic

    14 years

  2. Family
    30%
    Divorce Child Custody/Visitation Child Support Alimony Adoption

    14 years

  3. Estate planning
    20%
    Wills/Trusts Estates Probate Advanced Healthcare Directive Power of Attorney

    14 years

I am originally from California.  I have been in the South for the past ten years.  My undergraduate degree is in Psychology and my law degree is from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.  I attended the National Criminal Defense College in 2011.  Prior to going to law school, I taught 9, 11, and 12 grades at Pensacola High School, as well as tutored for the No Child Left Behind Act.  

 

 While in law school, I clerked for the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, Legal Division.  While at the Board, I gained valuable experience in the criminal field.  I gained first-hand knowledge of the pardon and parole system, which has helped me represent my criminal clients before the Board in a variety of areas, including: early parole hearing applications, pardons, revocation hearings and parole hearings before the Board.  Having the opportunity to work at the Board also helped fuel my passion for criminal law.  

 

Two other areas of law that I practice are family law and estate planning.  Family law is important to me due to the fact that these clients are often at some of the most emotional and lowest points of their lives and have a genuine desire to do what is best for their family.  Any uncertainty that I am able to take away from them and any way that I am able to help them protect their rights and help ensure  positive outcome for their family is important to me.

 

 Last but not least, estate planning is also equally important to me due to the fact that I have experienced first-hand the devestation that can arise when you have a death of a loved one and those important decisions have not been made regarding end-of-life care, appointment of a power of attorney to handle financial matters, a will to explain your last wishes and dispose of assets, etc.  Having unexpectedly lost my sister to a car accident March 17, 2014, this area of law holds an even greater significance than it did prior.  Before, I understood how important it is to have all estate planning affairs in order prior to losing a loved one, and I have informed my clients of this importance since 2010, however, it really hit home in 2014.  Planning for your family's future after you are gone is one of the best gifts you can leave them.

 

I am currently on the Board of Mary's Shelter, a member of the Baldwin County Bar Association, Mobile Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and the AL Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association.

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Location

The Collier Law Firm, LLC
307 S. MCKENZIE STREET
SUITE 104
FOLEY, AL, 36535

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Teresa | March 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She went above and beyond!
Heather really cared about helping me obtain my objective. She went above and beyond. I could not of asked for a better outcome. No surprise billing. If you want a great lawyer give her a call, she really cares about the job she does for you!
Posted by Cory | August 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Dv3 x2
She handled my case flawlessly. 2 counts of domestic violence and her n I got it thrown out.
Posted by Charles | October 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Heather did a great job for me. She handled everything very professionally and I told her she is my hero, and she is.
Posted by Cory | September 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
One of the Best
Any time you have to deal with the judicial system it can be scary and overwhelming. Especially when one, like myself, has never had to before. Being out of state made matters worse for me, because had to trust someone to represent me when I couldn't be there for myself. Have to say that I made one of the best decisions when hiring Heather. Prompt, tenacious, every attention to detail front to back, and most of all actually caring about the outcome of my case. When deciding after reading this is you should hire her for yourself, the answer is yes. You always have to roll the dice when comes to hiring a good lawyer, but it's always a good bet for her to be in your corner. She worked hard for me, and she'll do the same for you.
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Posted by Matt | April 15, 2017
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Professional and Loyal!
Heather was referred to me by a friend. From day 1 she went above and beyond to make sure my case was a top priority. Heather was always available to answer any questions that I had. I highly recommend her and I will hire her again when I need an attorney.
Posted by Alicia | April 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
so professional
I hired Heather to perform a child name change. She handled everything and so professional the entire time. Highly recommend her.
Response from Heather Collier March 2, 2017
Thank you very much for your review, Alicia. I apologize for the delay in response - Avvo just posted your review.
Posted by Mindy | February 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
top talent
Heather is beyond any expectations she goes over and beyond . I was referred to her by a previous client and it was the best decision. I definitely recommend her . very professional and dedicated to law
Posted by Rhonda | February 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Service and Professionalism beyond compare!
A good friend shared with me her experience with Heather Collier. I am happy to do the same for the benifit of others! Honesty, integrity, extreme professionalism, incomparable attention to detail and compassion at a time when needed most is what I received and you can expect when you hire Mrs. Collier! A rare find indeed!
Posted by Rose | December 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Ms. Collier, was very efficient in handling my case. She comes highly recommended.
Posted by Josie | December 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Attorney
Heather did an outstanding job assisting me throughout the process of my divorce. It was a difficult time, but Heather was very helpful, supportive, and understanding. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Amanda | December 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, I highly recommend her!
Overall great results for not so great experience. Everything she told me she would do she did. She got me exactly what I wanted, charged half the price has others. Great personality, honest, smart , and hardworking.
Posted by maria | April 13, 2015
Honest,Fast,Hardworking
Was able to get me in for a consult fast,kelp me informed though all the steps of the case,was able to give me honest,compassionate advice on different aspects I wasn't aware of.I was so happy with her work that I'm wanting help in estate planning and writing a will.
Posted by Margaret | July 27, 2014
Knowledgeable and fast, positive resolution
Ms. Collier returned my call quickly and was able to provide the necessary assistance that I needed with my case. Not only did she quickly resolve it, she offered alternative solutions that I never considered. If you need a lawyer who will be honest, hard working, has integrity, and is on your side, you must call the Collier Law Firm.
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Posted by Joan | April 15, 2015
Great experience with case consultation
Heather is good at returning calls, following up, knowledgeable, listening, and passionate. I was fascinated with the fact that you speak direct with her, not secretary like most firms. I had a wonderful and impressive consultation and I felt she was the best Attorney to hire for my case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-275 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Collier Law Firm, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Collier Law Firm, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Glennon Threatt
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • The Swann Law Firm
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Don A. McGriff, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2010
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Education

  • Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of West Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Alabama v. Teiara Marchbank
  • Dismissed
  • Ryan Russell v. State
  • Reversed and Remanded

Associations

  • Mary's Shelter
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Mobile Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Baldwin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 Criminal Law
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • 2017 Top 10 Under 40 - Criminal Law
  • National Trial Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best paper- Gaming Law
  • Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles Parole Hearing for Thomas Blanton
  • Parole Process w/Judge Parsons
  • 2016
  • Pardon and Parole Law
  • Can I get him out?
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (11)
Endorse Heather
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sincere, responsive, with obvious desire to do what's best for clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mrs. Colller. She is a truly asset to our legal community. Very helpful on AVVO and a great expert in the field."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lawyers who donate time on sites like this have a passion for the law and a compassion for the people they serve. Kudos. We'd refer a case without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer! She has a thorough knowledge of alabama pardons and parole law and I rely on her insights frequently."
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