Lucy G. Heil
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Lucy was born in New Jersey and raised in New Jersey, Kansas and Massachusetts. Both of her parents were raised in the Kansas City area and most of her extended family still lives there. Lucy graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in business. After college, Lucy returned to the Boston area where she worked for a large mutual fund company. She desired more challenge and a professional degree and decided on law school. She earned her J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas where she earned Top Papers in Contracts, Administrative Law and Law & Literature. After law school graduation in 1991, she took and passed the Kansas Bar Exam (1991) and the Missouri Bar Exam (1992). She worked for a general practice firm before becoming a municipal prosecutor for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Lucy successfully prosecuted hundreds of municipal ordinance violation cases for Kansas City.
Lucy became a felony prosecutor on the Kansas side of Kansas City for Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office in 1994. She obtained guilty verdicts in several felony jury trials against defendants whose crimes included theft, burglary, forgery and rape. Her primary focus was child sex abuse cases. She learned how to work with young children as victims to present factual histories that were highly personal and sensitive. While in Kansas, Lucy negotiated pleas in hundreds of cases, frequently argued substantive motions and presented evidence in hundreds of preliminary hearings/trials.
Lucy and her husband moved to Southern California in 1998. She took and passed the California Bar Exam in 1999 and became a felony prosecutor for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, one of the largest in the country. She worked in several units in the Riverside D.A.’s office including the felony drug unit, sexual assault unit, welfare fraud unit and the juvenile unit. While in the juvenile unit she was assigned to multidisciplinary teams including the SCORE (School and Community Outreach) and YAT (Youth Accountability Team) task forces. Both teams primarily focused on early intervention with troubled youth to minimize criminal influences and help direct them down a positive path by providing services, resources, counseling and assistance as well as close monitoring. The teams were comprised of a Deputy D.A., a Deputy Sheriff, a Youth Probation Officer, a licensed counselor and a school administrator.
Lucy moved to Oregon in 2003 and passed the Oregon Bar Exam in 2005. She worked for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office from 2006-2011 where she prosecuted a multitude of cases through trial or plea and sentencing. She went on to work as Program Manager and Analyst for the Psychiatric Security Review Board, an Oregon state agency that monitors those charged with crimes who successfully plead the “insanity defense”.
Lucy has also worked for small private law firms where her focus has been family law and general civil litigation.
Lucy welcomes challenge and variety in her professional life. She is outgoing, resourceful, and down to earth with a self-deprecating sense of humor.
Outside of work, Lucy enjoys spending time with her husband, (adult) children, dog, cat and friends. She also makes time to run, read, sculpt yoga, knit, quilt and travel. She has run three full marathons (albeit slowly) and several half marathons. Her favorite places visited include Machu Picchu, Paris and Vienna.
Regardless of place, time or circumstance, Lucy wants her work to help and improve the lives of those around her.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Law
- Family Law
- Commercial and Contract Law
- Personal Injury
- Administrative Law
- Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas
- J.D. – 1991
- Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
- B.S. – 1986
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Oregon State Bar
- Multnomah Bar Association