Jessica M. Heiser

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Cassie N. Heeke
Leslie Craig Henderzahs

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D.
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, B.A. with Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana

Professional Memberships

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Hamilton County Bar Association
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys (COSA)

Community Involvement

  • Hamilton Heights Youth Assistance Program, Board President
  • Hamilton County Leadership Academy
  • We the People, Volunteer

About Jessica

Jessica primarily dedicates her legal practice to education and schools. As a partner in the firm’s School Law Practice, she represents K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and childcare centers at the public, charter, and private level. Jessica advises clients on education and employment law matters, including: constitutional and civil rights laws, special education and disability laws, keeping schools safe, school board policies, family law, and immigration law.

In addition to representing school clients in civil court, Jessica frequently represents schools in administrative hearings and investigations before the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Indiana Department of Education, Indiana State Board of Education, Indianapolis Civil Rights Commission, and South Bend Civil Rights Commission.

Jessica is a frequent presenter for school districts and professional groups across the state and nation, including the National Council of School Attorneys (COSA), Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA), and Indiana Council of Special Education Advocates (ICASE).

Jessica is sought after for her knowledge and passion for navigating civil rights protections in schools and creating a more equitable legal landscape. She serves on the Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission on Equity and Access in the Court System and is completing graduate studies at Northwestern University in Leading Equity and Inclusion in Organizations.

Jessica is a native of Hamilton County and delights in working with some of her former teachers and administrators. She graduated from Northwestern University with Honors and was awarded the Legal Studies Thesis of Distinction Award. Following college, Jessica taught social studies and math in urban school districts in Los Angeles and St. Louis, ran an educational initiative through the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to partner businesses and schools in raising graduation rates, and then graduated law school from DePaul University in Chicago with a J.D. and Certificate in International and Comparative Law. During her decade in Chicago, Jessica also served students and families in her work for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Centro Romero, and Chicago Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF).

Outside of the practice of law, Jessica enjoys reading and traveling. She lives with her spouse and their children (human and canine) in rural Hamilton County.