Heather Ross is a litigation partner at Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. in Burlington, Vermont, where she represents businesses and individuals in civil and criminal matters. Prior to joining the firm in December 2016, Heather spent fourteen years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont as a federal prosecutor and defending the United States in administrative actions. Heather has prosecuted numerous complex fraud cases, drug trafficking cases, and human trafficking cases. She co-chaired Vermont’s statewide Human Trafficking Task Force from 2013 to 2016. She was the Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Vermont U.S. Attorney’s Office for several years and obtained the first human trafficking conviction in the State of Vermont. Ms. Ross has regularly lectured lawyers, law enforcement personnel, educators, healthcare professionals, and other community groups about how to identify and respond to instances of human trafficking. In 2015, she assisted in developing a Public Service Announcement to raise community awareness about the intersection of drug trafficking and sex trafficking. She currently provides pro bono legal assistance to victims of human trafficking. Heather is a 1995 graduate of William and Mary Law School and a 1991 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College. She served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge William K. Sessions III upon her graduation from law school.