Jessica M. Heiser

Justin M. Hays
Leslie Craig Henderzahs


  • 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 is part of the firm’s School Law Practice, representing traditional public, charter, and private school districts throughout Indiana. Jessica advises school districts on matters related to students, employees, and school boards, including constitutional and civil rights allegations, policy review, discipline of students and school staff, and special education issues under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Jessica also counsels schools on family law and immigration law issues.

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.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Jessica taught social studies and math in urban school districts in Los Angeles and St. Louis. She ran an educational initiative through the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to partner businesses and schools in raising graduation rates. Jessica also served students and families in her work for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and Chicago Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF).

Outside of the practice of law, Jessica enjoys reading and traveling. She and her husband, J. Scott Byrnes, live with their children in rural Cicero.