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During the time she served as District Attorney, Heather McMinn developed a reputation for being a tough trial lawyer, especially in cases involving the abuse of children. Heather is Board Certified In Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
In addition to working with her husband and brother in law, Heather represents clients charged with criminal offenses. Heather also represents foster families in court to help them adopt children who they’ve fostered.
Thank you so much for helping our families take the final step in making their kiddos their forever kiddos. I have worked with many attorneys—throughout cases and several in adoptions. Thank you for truly pouring your heart into the adoptions. I have seen attorneys that just go through the motions- not really being there emotionally. Over the past few weeks, I have seen you fight for our families. I have been where the foster parents are, just wanting to get to adoption day. Having an attorney that pushed to make my own adoptions happen meant so much to me and I know our families feel the same way! I look forward to working with you on many more adoptions. – Client of Heather McMinn
Legal advocacy for those in need is Heather McMinn’s profession, but helping people when they need it most is her passion. Her contributions, legal and monetary, to organizations like TruLight127 help caregivers of children in foster care provide for them in ways that the state can not. Read more about how Heather McMinn constantly works to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in our Austin community.
Watch a short documentary featuring Heather McMinn, titled “Little Angels.” The short film focuses on a tragedy in Guadalupe County. A young girl, Crystal, was murdered and tortured by her adoptive parents. The criminal case was the first that Heather McMinn tried as District Attorney in Guadalupe County. A warning to viewers that some content in the video is disturbing.
Outside of the courtroom, Heather and Jason keep busy with their four children. The family enjoys spending time outdoors, volunteering, and participating in and watching sporting events – especially baseball.
McMinn Law Firm Clients Get Day in Court During Covid-19 Pandemic
Clients of Heather McMinn finalized their adoption during court proceedings that happened over Zoom. Even during the pandemic, Heather McMinn has found new ways to adapt patient services for clients so that they can get the best representation possible.
In this adoption, a group of four siblings were able to stay together. A couple whose children were getting older, 21, 20, 20, and 17, found room in their hearts and home to adopt the group of siblings together.
Sondra Ajasin of TruLight 127 Ministries contacted the couple about the adoption of a group of four siblings. The case worker for the children was fighting for them to stay together, and looking for opportunities where they could remain a family together.
The adoption proceedings took longer than normal because of the delays related to the pandemic, but when “Adoption Day” came – the family was able to be joined by friends and family in their support. A virtual hearing allowed friends and family to join from all over the country, as well as from overseas on active military duty.
McMinn Law Firm is committed to doing what is best for clients – and right now that means conducting courtroom procedures from a safe distance.
In December 2018, Heather McMinn donated her legal skills to help this foster family with adoption services. After 613 days in foster care, the child pictured was adopted by their forever family thanks to Heather’s legal support.
Heather McMinn has made adoptions possible for many families in the foster care network of TruLight127.
In 2018, the McMinn family devoted their monetary resources to make the TruLight Village a reality. With the support of members of the community, a 10 acre facility with 8 houses will be constructed to house children in the foster care system. With this new facility, children will no longer have to sleep in the offices of Child Protective Services. The facility will also provide support to parents in the foster care system, educational resources, and resources for children aging out of the foster care system in Texas.
Austin, TX, Jury Awards $462,624 to Victim of Intoxicated and Underinsured Driver
Heather McMinn and Jason McMinn secured what is believed to be the highest jury verdict in Travis County for an uninsured/underinsured motorist case.
A woman was injured by an intoxicated driver while at a complete stop. When she looked to recover from her injuries, the extent of her needed medical care couldn’t be covered by the other party’s minimal insurance plan. Luckily, she had purchased underinsured motorist coverage. But when she sought to use the coverage she had been paying for, her insurance company refused to cover her.
That’s when Heather McMinn and Jason McMinn took the insurance company all the way to trial. There, a jury verdict awarded a $462,624 sum to McMinn’s client for her recovery, pain and suffering.
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In every role she has held, Heather McMinn has provided a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, aggressively litigating cases on behalf of victims and clients. As an advocate, she protects the rights of those who have been injured due to another’s negligence.
Heather enjoys the challenge of litigation and working in the courtroom. She is motivated by the opportunity to hold individuals and insurance companies accountable for the damages they or their insureds cause to our clients.
In her legal practice, Heather deals with those whose lives are changed forever due to another’s recklessness and those who face the consequences of ruining another’s life. Heather feels it’s the job of an attorney to ensure that victims have an advocate.
Texas Center for Legal Ethics: Stewardship Commitment
McMinn Law Firm's participation in Texas Center for Legal Ethics means serving as ambassadors for ethics and civility among attorneys. The professional organization places an emphasis on holding lawyers’ words to be honored. As members of Texas Center for Legal Ethics, McMinn Law Firm commits to uphold the values of legal professionalism and ethics.
Board Certified by Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Heather McMinn received Board Certification in Criminal Law from Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS).
Board Certification is a voluntary program that designates attorneys and certifies Texas attorneys in 22 specific areas of law.
Board Certified attorneys must be: licensed for at least five years, devote a required percentage of practice to a specialty area for at least three years, attend continuing education seminars, pass an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges and pass a 6-hour written examination.
Active Member of Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association
The organization emphasizes connections, community and camaraderie. Women attorneys with years of experience and students are welcome to join and help facilitate others’ successes. Networking events and mentoring programs allow women attorneys to share information, ideas, experiences, resources and opportunities.
More About Heather McMinn
Heather grew up in Central Texas. She attended Texas State for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She attended St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio.