Heather Durham Nadler


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Heather Durham Nadler is one of just 11 attorneys in Georgia to be certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, as accredited by the American Bar Association. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of special needs law, elder law and estate planning. Prior to establishing her own law firm, Heather was a senior associate with the Law Office of Ruthann P. Lacey, P.C.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Heather attended undergrad at Auburn and received her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law, where she was on the editorial board of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law. While in law school, she also clerked at the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia for the Honorable Justice Hugh P. Thompson.

Heather enjoys volunteer work, serving as a member of the board of directors for Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett. She was recognized by the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation for her service with the 2020 Leading the Change Award. She also helps with Backpack Buddies, an organization that provides food for the weekend to economically disadvantaged kids in Dekalb County.

When she’s not working, Heather spends time with her husband and two children, keeping up with a busy slate of kids’ sports events, Auburn football and season tickets to the Fox Theatre. As a lifelong Atlantan, she looks forward to eventually retiring out of state—preferably someplace with water!

Auburn University. Auburn, Al.

B.S. in International Business with concentrations in Spanish and Management Information Systems, graduating with honors, Cum Laude

Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans

Juris Doctor

  • Georgia Bar
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of the State of Georgia
  • Super Lawyers, Elder Law — 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star — 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Super Lawyers Top 50 Female Attorneys in Georgia, 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rated
  • Outstanding Achievement Award from the Georgia Chapter of NAELA
  • American Bar Association’s Family Law Quarterly
  • Georgia Bar Journal and Atlanta Lawyer Magazine
  • Instructor for the Emory University Academy for Retired Professionals
  • Emory University Center for Lifelong Learning and as a guest lecturer to law students at the University of Georgia School of Law
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Presenter at the National Conference on Special Needs Planning and Special Needs Trusts