Heather M. Strickland, Attorney
Degrees: Smith College, BA in Economics, 1997
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, JD, 2004
Honors & Memberships:
AAAA Fellow & Trustee– Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, since 2014 2019 Women of Influence Legal Champion– Winner, Inside Tucson Business
2017 CCAI Angel in ADOPTION AWARD– Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
Dec. 2008 Attorney of the Month Award, Southern Arizona Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Program 2007 Top Pro Bono Attorney, Arizona Foundation for Legal Service and Education
July 2006 Attorney of the Month Award, Southern Arizona Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Program
Member: State Bar of Arizona; Pima County Bar Association; Arizona Women Lawyers Association; Military Spouse JD Network; and American Society for Reproductive Medicine
How did you get into adoption and assisted reproduction 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 collaborated with Scott Myers, Tucson’s preeminent adoption and assisted reproduction attorney. I was representing a courageous young woman who chose to place her baby for adoption and 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.
In recent years, assisted reproduction technology (ART) has become an increasingly popular method of growing one’s family. This led to many more collaborations with Scott, a Fellow in both the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) and American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Technology Attorneys (AAARTA). We became partners in 2013, and I was invited to join AAAA in 2014.
MyersStrickland has been at the forefront of representing birth parents, adoptive parents, intended parents and gestational carriers in Arizona ever since.
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. There are so many variables in building families through adoption and assisted reproduction. Every birth mother, child, adoptive family, and intended family has a unique story that brought them to our office. We respect those personal stories while creating the legal structure for the family. Guiding people through those difficult journeys is our expertise, and what makes this work so special. We truly do represent every kind of family, providing every kind of help.
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.