Heather M. Strickland

IMG_5339 (2)Responsibilities: Exceptional representation of birth parents and adoptive parents in all phases of the adoption process.

Degrees: Smith College, BA in Economics, 1997
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, JD, 2004
Organizations you are a member of and the years you joined them:

Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, 2014
Member, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, 2004
Member, Pima County Bar Association, 2005
Member, State Bar of Arizona, 2005
Awards:

Top Pro Bono Attorney, Arizona Foundation for Legal Service and Education, 2007
Southern Arizona Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Program Attorney of the Month Award, July 2006 and December 2008

How did you get into adoption law?

Adoptions, especially for children in our foster care system, have intrigued me since my parents were foster parents to a teenager when I was a child. A few years after I had built my practice in the area of divorce, paternity actions, and child custody, I was given the opportunity to represent a courageous young woman who chose to place her baby for adoption. I was so inspired by her bravery, generosity and love. I wanted to continue to advocate for women who are making a loving but difficult choice and for the families they selected to raise their child.

What is one thing you’d most want people to know about MyersStrickland?

We are focused on the people who come to our office – not the cases. Every birth mother, child, adoptive family, and intended family has a unique story that brought them to our office. That is part of what makes this work so special. We respect those personal stories and those difficult journeys while creating the legal structure for the family.

Anything else people should know about you?

I am a native Tucsonan and I am committed to the community I call home. I am married with two rambunctious boys who keep me laughing and running. If I find spare time, I enjoy cooking, gardening, yoga, and travel to far off places.