Heather Stangle-Smith

Heather’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, commercial and government contracts, and construction law on a national and international level.

Heather has assisted clients in various stages of dispute resolution, including claim preparation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation in both state and federal courts. Heather has worked on diverse projects, including power plants, military bases, and commercial and public buildings.

Heather also counsels clients who do business with Federal, state, and local governments, and Heather served previously as in-house counsel for a nonprofit government consulting firm headquartered in the Washington, DC area. Heather has significant experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating commercial and government contract agreements for clients, including subcontracts, teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements, mentor-protege agreements, and license agreements.

Heather is also a contributor to Watt Tieder’s Fifty State Survey Of Key Issues Related To Construction & Engineering Contracts, in which she authored the topic Enforceability of No Damages for Delay Clauses.

  1. General Information


    • William and Mary School of Law, J.D., 2009
    • Notes Editor, William and Mary Law Review
    • Best Law Review Note Award
    • Chief Counsel, National Trial Team
    • Virginia Trial Lawyers Award
    • Bruce D. Rasmussen Trial Advocacy Scholarship
    • University of Maryland, B.A., 2006, Departmental Honors in English Language and Literature, magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

    Bar Admissions

    • Virginia
    • California
  2. Memberships & Affiliations
    • Orange County Bar Association
    • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
    • California Women Lawyers
    • National Association of Women in Construction
  3. Publications and Presentations
    • Author: “Are You Playing for the Right Team?  A Guide to Drafting Small Business Teaming Agreements.”  Watt Tieder Newsletter Fall 2014
    • Author: “It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Emerging Threat of Green Building Litigation,” Watt Tieder Newsletter Summer 2010.
    • Author: “Murderous Madonna: Femininity, Violence, and the Myth of Postpartum Mental Disorder in Cases of Maternal Infanticide and Filicide,” William and Mary Law Review, Vol. 50.