About Heitz Legal, P.C.
Having spent several years in mid-size plaintiffs' law firms, Dana E. Heitz knows the constant tension between the quotidian demands of case management and the importance of producing quality appellate briefs and motions - the writing where she excels. Because of Dana's affinity for projects requiring extensive research and hours of sustained thought, and her constant pursuit of clear, concise, persuasive expression, her colleagues can submit finely-tuned arguments without losing focus on their caseloads.
Heitz Legal works with attorneys consumed by conferences, depositions, client contact, parsing of contracts, review of discovery, and on and on - which all leave little time to spend hours or days on lengthy writing projects. Many of Dana's projects build on her background in New York Labor Law, but her experience extends to numerous practice areas including, for example, family law, civil rights, and real estate matters, and she loves the chance to tackle a new area of law.
Efficient and Economical
As a solo practitioner, Dana is acutely aware of the price sensitivity confronting most litigants and their counsel. Paper documents are expensive to produce and transport, time-consuming to work with, and generally wasteful, so the vast majority of Heitz Legal's work is done electronically, including transmission of the record and drafts of the written product. By running a virtually paperless office with low overhead, Heitz Legal offers competitive pricing to make outsourcing your legal writing an attractive alternative to keeping the work in-house.
When you first contact Heitz Legal, we'll discuss the nature of your project, where the case is pending, the contents of the record, and your identification of the issues. We may also ask you to send some underlying materials for a more thorough analysis.
After this initial review, and perhaps some preliminary research where it's warranted, Dana will formulate an estimate for your project including the number of expected hours and a proposed hourly rate or other fee structure (along with a services agreement for new clients). And if the matter involves an appeal, she'll happily contact different appellate printers to give you options for the best value for your record and brief.
Only after your office has confirmed the estimate in writing or via e-mail will Dana begin working on the project. You'll receive periodic updates on its progress and, once a draft is complete, you'll have the opportunity to make any amendments necessary until the product is something you're happy to attach your office's name to.
When you've said the work is done, we'll e-mail the final copy of a motion, along with any exhibits, to your office for printing, signing and filing, or will send the completed brief directly to the appellate printer. Generally, we will forward our invoice after the document has been filed, along with any printer's invoice.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.
About Dana E. Heitz, Esq.
By the time Dana graduated from law school she had written on to two moot court teams, won American Jurisprudence Awards for the highest grades in her Evidence and Professional Responsibility courses, and received one of the highest grades in her legal writing class. She spent her final semester as an intern in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
After graduating, Dana was delighted to secure a position overseeing the appeals and motions produced by a mid-size medical malpractice office, and enjoyed repeated, significant victories during her tenure there. Following several years in law firms, Dana now spends her career working with other attorneys to make their points clearly and with style, while they dedicate their energies to their clients.
Dana graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA. She also holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School in New York City and, at age 20, she earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan where she double-majored in German and Psychology. Dana is an Ironman triathlete, has qualified for the Boston Marathon, and won several triathlon awards, both age group and overall.
Dana is a member of several bar associations, including:
- New York Women’s Bar Association (Newsletter Committee)
- New York City Bar Association (Small Law Firms Committee)
- New York County Lawyers Association (Appellate Courts Committee and co-chair of Amicus Subcommittee, Foreign and International Law Committee, Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practice) and NYCLA UN Representative, 2017-2018
- Federal Bar Association
- Co-organizer, Deliberate Solos
She is admitted to practice in New York State, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.