Jane Heath

Jane Heath was born and raised in San Francisco, California, the youngest of four daughters. Growing up in a family that valued giving back to the community, she began volunteering at a young age, forming core values of assistance and advocacy.

After college, she began her career as a preschool teacher at the Holy Family Day Home, the oldest day care center in San Francisco, founded in 1900. There, she learned that making a difference in the world is accomplished one person at a time.

Looking for a new challenge, Jane returned to school, obtaining a paralegal degree while raising her young family. When the children were mostly grown, she chose the University of San Francisco for law school, attracted to the school’s emphasis on academic excellence and service in the pursuit of justice, which embody her personal world view.

Employed in the legal field since 1984, the most satisfying aspect of her work is helping individuals and businesses navigate conflict. Jane is a trained mediator, with a good record of resolution, but her mediation skills are most valuable in seeking solutions as an advocate for her clients.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Jane has two adult children, living with their spouses in San Luis Obispo and Burke, Virginia. When not working, she can be found walking the beach near her Morro Bay home, sewing or reading the latest page-turner.

Education

  • San Francisco State University
    • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
    • magna cum laude
  • Cañada College
    • Paralegal Certificate
    • High Honors
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
    • Juris Doctor
    • Cum laude
    • Public Interest Law Certificate
    • McAuliffe Honor Society
    • Law Review Staff
    • CALI (AmJur) Awards for Contracts, Juvenile Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Publication: Who’s Minding the Nonprofit Store? Does Sarbanes-Oxley Have Anything to Offer Nonprofits? USF Law Review; Fall, 2004.

 

Experience

  • Litigation Paralegal, Clapp, Moroney, et al., 1984-1990
  • Trial Paralegal, Sinsheimer Schiebelhut & Baggett, 1990-2000
  • Law Office Administrator & Paralegal, Duggan Smith & Hutkin LLP 2000-2002
  • Paralegal and Law Clerk, Dodd Futterman & Dupree, 2002-2005
  • Associate Attorney, Duggan Smith LLP, 2006-2008
  • Litigation Partner, Duggan Smith & Heath LLP, 2009-2015
  • Sole Practitioner, Law Offices of Jane Heath, 2015-present
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