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Heather Rae Pierson

Education Attorney at Mesa, AZ

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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I joined Udall Shumway PLC in 2009. My practice primarily focuses in the area of education law, representing school districts and charter schools throughout the State.


I came to Udall Shumway PLC uniquely qualified in the area of education law. Prior to joining Udall Shumway, I taught behavior disordered students. During my teaching career, I was involved in the development and implementation of IEPs and behavior plans and attended several trainings on special education interventions and strategies. Additionally, I earned my Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2004.


While in law school, I provided in-home ABA services for autistic children under the age of three. I also participated in the Whittier Law School Special Education Clinic, which provided special education advocacy services for children with developmental disabilities. In addition, I was a panel speaker for the 2007 Whittier Law School Special Education Symposium and the 2006 11Q Deletion Syndrome Conference.

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Udall Shumway PLC
1138 North Alma School Road
Suite 101
Mesa, AZ, 85201


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Posted by Eric | October 1, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional who cares about clients and children
Heather cares about special education and the disabled students it protects. She is fair-minded and practical. She communicates very well and is honest. She knows the law too. I highly recommend her as an attorney.
Posted by Jessica | March 25, 2015
Heather is great!
Heather handles many special education matters for me. She is a great resource and asset because she knows both the laws and the practical aspects of special education. She is always responsive and extremely fair in her billing. She truly cares about her clients and I would absolutely recommend her to others.
Posted by Milissa | March 24, 2015
IDEA, ADA and Section 504 compliance Expert
Heather is a true expert in the area of IDEA, ADA and Section 504 law. In addition to her legal expertise, Heather is extremely knowledgable in behavioral and academic best practices. She is a true advocate for success for all students.


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Udall Shumway PLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • Udall Shumway PLC
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Udall Shumway PLC
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Extern
  • California State Council on Development Disabilities, Area Board XI
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Extern
  • Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Internship
  • Whittier Law School Special Education Clinic
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Officiating Program Administrative Assistant
  • Big West Conference
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Assistant Site Coordinator
  • THINK Together
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Teacher
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • 2001 - 2004
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  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Arizona State University
  • M.Ed.
  • 2004
  • Arizona State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001


  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Arizona School Boards Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National School Boards Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Arizona Council of School Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Special Education Administrators Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Charter School Monthly
  • “The Necessary Burden of Public Records” (Co-author)
  • 2011
  • Charter School Monthly
  • “Parrots, Horses, and Dogs…Oh My!” (Co-author)
  • 2011
  • Charter School Monthly
  • “Is It a True Threat?” (Co-author)
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona School Board Association Conference
  • Fulfilling Your Legal Obligations While Holding Down Costs
  • 2013
  • 1st Annual Charter School Special Education Conference
  • IEP and Placement Issues
  • 2013
  • Arizona Charter School Association
  • "OCR, due Process, and State complaints...Oh My! Top Ten Tips to Avoid Complaints"
  • 2012
  • Arizona Charter Schools Association 2012 Annual Conference
  • Hot Topics in Charter School Law - Or - What to Do When the ---- Hits the Fan?
  • 2012
  • National Business Institute
  • Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights
  • 2012
  • CASE/CEC Conference
  • OCR, Due Process, and State Complaints...Oh My!
  • 2012
  • National Business Institute
  • School Bullying: A Legal Primer
  • 2012
  • CASE/CEC Conference
  • Recent Cases in Arizona & Other Arizona Matters
  • 2011
  • CASE/CEC Conference
  • Recent Cases in Arizona & Other Arizona Matters
  • 2010
  • 2007 Whittier Law School Special Education Symposium
  • Panel Speaker
  • 2007
  • 11Q Deletion Syndrome Conference
  • Panel Speaker
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Heather
Education Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Heather is a dedicated professional with an intimate knowledge of all special education law related issues. Her attention to detail is unsurpassed and her insights invaluable. If you are in need of special education related law advocacy I strongly urge you to contact Heather."
Education Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Other
"I have known Heather Pierson for many years and strongly endorse her as an attorney. As a colleague, I find her level of professionalism, passion, and dedication to be extraordinary. Her expansive knowledge of the law and superior instincts make her a skilled litigator; but also important is her ability to identify with her clients. As a former educator Ms. Pierson is instinctively cognizant of her client circumstances which allows her to zealously advocate for their position."
Education Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Heather is a well prepared, diligent and very knowledgeable attorney. I have worked with her on a number of cases, and I can recommend her without hesitation."
Education Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this attorney. I often refer clients to her in the area of special education."

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Mesa Education Lawyer Heather Rae Pierson
Heather Rae Pierson
Education Attorney
Mesa, AZ
Licensed for 14 years