Heather Wright, ATTORNEY

 

About Heather

Prior to practicing law, Heather worked for over a decade as an HR professional, including roles as an HR Director and as an HR consultant for small businesses, start-up organizations, and food co-ops of all sizes.  In these roles, Heather handled a range of HR functions, such as drafting job descriptions, writing policies and employment manuals, administering discipline and employee dismissals, managing and executing hiring strategy, developing compensation models, composing benefit packages, and training for all organizational levels.


As an attorney, Heather now leverages her HR background to provide a unique and thorough perspective on legal issues in the area of labor and employment law.  This includes providing guidance and counseling to HR and management personnel on day-to-day challenges and defending employers against lawsuits and charges from administrative agencies (such as the EEOC, Vermont Attorney General’s Office, or the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination).  Additionally, Heather provides legal training and guidance for employers in labor relations matters, including representing employers in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and during union campaigns.


When not in the office, Heather teaches strategic human resource management in the MBA in Sustainability graduate program at Marlboro College and lectures on various HR and legal topics at conferences across the country.


Originally from California, Heather now lives in Burlington with her dog, Molly.  When left to her own devices, Heather enjoys knitting, clog dancing, and getting above treeline on hikes through the Vermont mountains.

Speaking Engagements

August 2017 - Center for Women & Enterprise, HR Basics
June 2017 - HBHRIQ, HR Games Annual Conference
June 2017 - Vermont Employee Ownership Center Annual Conference 
May 2017 - National Cooperative Grocers Association Annual HR Conference
May 2017 - National Business Institute, Human Resource Law
March 2017 - Vermont Human Resource Association, Strategic HR 101
February 2017 - Vermont Elder Resource Group, Monthly Meeting
November 2016 - Marlboro College, Non-Profit Management Certificate Program
September 2016 - Green Mountain Payroll Association, Annual Meeting
September 2016 - NorthEast Passenger Transportation Association Tri-State Conference
August 2016 - Center for Women & Enterprise, HR Basics 
June 2016 - HBHRIQ, HR Games Annual Conference
June 2016 - Vermont Human Resource Association, Annual Legal Update
June 2016 - Women Business Owners Network Chapter Meeting
June 2016 - Vermont Employee Ownership Center Annual Conference
April 2016 - Williston Area Business Association Monthly Meeting
March 2016 - Vermont Elder Resource Group Monthly Meeting
March 2016 - National Cooperative Grocers Annual HR Conference
February 2016 - National Business Institute, Advanced Employment Law
November 2015 - Vermont Human Resource Association, Annual Legal Update
November 2015 - Marlboro College, Non-Profit Management Certificate Program
May 2015 - Women Business Owners Network Spring Conference 
April 2015 - Women Business Owners Network Chapter Meeting
March 2015 – National Cooperative Grocers Annual HR Conference

November 2014 – SHRM Vermont State Council Legislative Conference
August 2014 – National Cooperative Grocers Association Annual HR Conference
February 2014 – Vistage International
January 2014 – Addison County HR Leaders
May 2013 – Women Business Owners Network Spring Conference
March 2013 - National Cooperative Grocers Association Annual HR Conference

Publications

September 2013 – Author, Practical Law Company, Employment Claims in Release Agreements
July 2013 – Author, Practical Law Company, Mini-WARN Acts: Vermont





Phone 802.497.3480

Education

Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., 2012)
California State University, Chico (B.S., Business & Human Resource Management, 2006)

Bar Admissions

Vermont (2012)
Massachusetts (2012)
United States District Court, District of Vermont (2013)

Association Memberships

Full Barrel Cooperative, Board of Directors 
Society for Human Resource Management

Vermont Bar Association
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Public Policy Committee
Vermont Human Resource Association, Programming Committee Co-Chair
Vermont State Employees Credit Union, Board of Directors
Women Business Owners Network, Public Policy Committee

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