Heather R. Steele

Litigation Partner

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Heather Steele is a lawyer in Prince William County handling litigation for businesses and people, including landlord-tenant, HOA/condo associations, and business lawsuits.

She serves all of Prince William, including Woodbridge, Manassas, Haymarket, Gainesville, and surrounding counties such as Stafford, Spotsylvania, Fauquier, Fairfax, as well as Manassas City, Manassas Park, and Fredericksburg City.

Heather is the Litigation Partner at Compton & Duling, where she has been handling many types of civil matters, including landlord-tenant cases, homeowners association (HOA) and condominium associations (condos), business law, civil lawsuits, contracts, and preparing LLC or corporate documents.  In her role as Litigation Partner, Heather regularly teaches seminars on landlord-tenant law, community association law, and important legal concepts for small businesses.

Ms. Steele can handle legal issues for small businesses, including contract reviews, contract drafting, creating and incorporating a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation, as well as preparing demand letters, and handling business litigation.  Her associate attorney, Lauren Lucian, also works with Heather on debt collection for businesses, landlords, and community associations.  Ms. Steele represents commercial and residential landlords in eviction and past-due rent lawsuits.  Heather drafts leases, lease amendments, lease default notices, lease extensions, and lease terminations.  Along with her associate attorney, Tim Aiken, Heather handles estate litigation, including will contests, estates without a will, and lawsuits against executors or personal representatives.

Heather is peer-rated by Martindale Hubbell as AV-Preeminent.  The Martindale Hubbell Peer Review is a rating given by a lawyer’s peers, and an AV-Preeminent rating is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence.

RECENT AND UPCOMING SPEAKING EVENTS

  • UPCOMING – September 26, 2017 – Association of Wedding Professionals – Business Continuity Planning
  • UPCOMING – August 12, 2017 – You Can Do Anything Too Symposium – Montclair Library (discussing Wills and POAs)
  • Prince William Living Magazine’s Meet The Expert Series: Heather Steele Talks About Business Continuity Planning, April 2017
  • Expecting the Unexpected in Business: Keynote at Women’s Wedding Network, March 2017
  • An Introduction to Community Association Law: The Interplay Among Community Associations, Landlords, and Tenants, October 2014
  • Neighborhood Services HOA/COA Leadership Seminar, October 2014
  • CLE:  Landlord/Tenant Law Seminar, September 2014
  • CLE:  Landlord/Tenant Law: How to Prosper in the New Market, June 2014
  • Prince William County Bar Association Library Legal Series: Landlord/Tenant Issues, February 2014

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS

  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Prince William, Alumnae, Class of 2012
  • SPARK Board Member (Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids – Prince William Education Foundation)
  • Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William Board Member (Supporting Literacy and Education for 0-5 years in Prince William)

 

Practice Areas

  • Small Business Representation (contracts/entity formation/business transactions)
  • Homeowners Association/Condominium Law
  • Landlord-Tenant Law (lease drafting/evictions)
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Debt Collections
  • Estate and Probate Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law and Contracts

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • Liberty University, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar, 2007
  • Maryland State Bar, 2008
  • District of Columbia Bar, 2009