Heather-Ann Young

Heather-Ann Young headshotI was raised by hardworking parents. My dad was a gardener, he owned his own business and worked 6 days a week. I learned grit and hard work at a young age. I grew up in Redlands, California and loved school. In school I leaned in on my "gift to gab" and was a State and National champion in high school Speech and Debate. During high school, I was an active member of school leadership and held the roles of Class President and Community Service coordinator.

Growing up, I didn't know any lawyers, let alone anyone with a college degree. My leadership and debate skills paid off when I received a partial scholarship as a Presidential and Achievement Scholar to attend University of Redlands. While at the University of Redlands, I joined the mock trial team and competed at college campuses across the country. During this time, I trained and volunteered to be a Sexual Assault Advocate. As a Sexual Assault Advocate, I would answer calls from the police or hospital when a sexual assault survivor arrived at the hospital alone. I would go to the hospital and be with the survivor during their physical exam and advocate on their behalf.

After graduation from the University of Redlands with a major in Government and a minor in Women's Studies, I attended law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego. Four months before starting law school my dad died unexpectedly. Everyone told me to delay my start to law school. I knew that the delay is not what my dad would have wanted and not what I needed.

During law school I applied to be a Certified Law Clerk at the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office. I prayed that I would get accepted and got the gig. This clerkship confirmed my heart that I am meant to be an advocate for those injured or who have been wronged. I was able to second chair murder trials and conduct preliminary hearings. Sitting at counsel table as a young woman still in law school, I felt both the rush of adrenaline and inner confidence knowing this is where I was supposed to be.

I graduated from California Western School of Law, studied non-stop and passed the California bar on my first attempt. I started at Brayton Purcell as my first attorney job, I learned how to navigate civil litigation and all of the things they don't teach you in law school.

I worked for Brayton Purcell for a couple of years post-law school and then returned in 2022. I have been blessed to have mentors invest in me, including those from Brayton Purcell. I was two years out of law school when I second-chaired a trial ending with one of Brayton Purcell's largest verdicts. In October 2014, I represented Robert and Linda Whalen in a trial against John Crane, Inc. This was a six-week long trial in Alameda County, California. Robert Whalen was a U.S. Navy machinist who worked on nuclear submarines and was exposed to asbestos containing products. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2013. The jury awarded him a total of $70.861 million to him and his wife for economic and non-economic damages.

What motivated/inspired you to become an attorney?

I wanted to be an advocate and use my voice to help those who couldn't speak for themselves. I want to use the knowledge and experience I have gained as an attorney to help those who companies pretend don't exist and are seen as "collateral damage" by corporations.

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

I love advocating for our clients in court, trial and conducting corporate depositions.

What are your hobbies and interests? 
I am passionate about self-growth. I am a podcast junkie and strive to grow as a lawyer, person and parent. I am the mama to two young daughters and to two dogs. As a family we enjoy camping, dog-walking and spending time at the park.

Education

California Western School of Law

  • J.D. – 2011
  • Academic Achievement Award: Professional Responsibility
  • Academic Achievement Award: Trial Practice
  • Academic Achievement Award: Clinical Internship

University of Redlands

  • B.A. – 2008
  • Major: Government
  • Minor: Women’s Studies
  • Academic Achievement Award: Lloyd Ellis Griffin Scholar
  • Academic Achievement Award: Presidential Scholar
  • Academic Achievement Award: Achievement Scholar

Professional Associations

  • Roseville Rotary Club
  • Past President of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park

Bar Admission

  • California - 2012

Honors

  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016-2023

Current Employment Position

  • Associate

What Our Clients Say

  • Brayton Purcell ha hecho mucho trabajo para mí y aprecio mucho lo que has hecho, lo que todo el mundo ha hecho... Muchísimas gracias y agradezco todo lo que se ha hecho.
  • Solo quería agradecerles mucho por todo el trabajo que han hecho por nosotros. Esto me ha permitido ayudar muchísimo a mi hija... Esto me permitió comprarle su primera casa, también guardar un bono de ahorro y comenzar una pequeña anualidad para ella. No habría podido hacer nada de esto si no hubieras trabajado tan duro para conseguir el dinero que obtuviste. Solo quiero que sepas que realmente lo aprecio.
  • En mi nombre y en el de mi familia, me gustaría extender nuestro aprecio y gratitud por la forma en que su bufete manejó el caso de mi difunto esposo. Todas las personas con las que traté fueron corteses, pacientes y rápidas al responder a mis preguntas e inquietudes. Muchas gracias por el excelente trabajo y, sobre todo, por su apoyo durante el proceso. Su orientación y la resolución de nuestro caso han puesto fin a un capítulo difícil de mi vida.
  • Cuando el bufete Brayton-Purcell tomó mi caso, casi había perdido la esperanza de presentarme ante un jurado. Tenía un caso difícil y de larga data y ya había estado con dos bufetes. El abogado de Brayton-Purcell, Jason Rose, trabajó en estrecha colaboración conmigo, manteniéndome actualizado y dándome acceso a él, lo que me dio la sensación de tener a alguien realmente de mi lado; una sensación de que estaban poniendo todo su esfuerzo en mi caso. El simple hecho de conseguir que este caso tuviera una cita en la corte fue una hazaña increíble. Cuando fuimos a juicio, conocí a Gil Purcell y vi a estos dos trabajar profesionalmente contra grandes adversidades. Sabían lo que hacían, sabían cómo adaptarse a los problemas que surgían y todo el tiempo me ayudaron a aguantar. Recibimos un veredicto excelente y ahora estamos en el proceso de apelación. Confío en que el equipo de apelaciones de Brayton-Purcell será tan competente y compasivo conmigo como lo fue mi equipo de juicios. Reunirme con esta firma me ha traído una sensación de confianza y paz que no estaba segura de que iba a tener la oportunidad de sentir.
  • Me gustaría agradecer a Brayton & Purcell por todo el trabajo que su firma ha hecho por mí. Tengo asbestosis y sin Brayton Purcell representándome, la probabilidad de ser compensado por los fabricantes de asbesto y los proveedores de materiales de productos de asbesto sería cero. Los socios legales que dirigen el espectáculo ya lo saben, pero lo voy a escribir de todos modos. Cada contacto que he tenido con cualquier persona en Brayton Purcell LLP, ya sea por teléfono, fax, correo electrónico o personalmente, he sido tratado con cortesía y prontitud por sus excelentes empleados.
  • Desde mi primer contacto con su firma, me han tratado con respeto, compasión y de la manera más profesional. … Nada me quitará este dolor de pérdida, pero el acuerdo me ayudará a proveer, ya que tengo problemas de salud y no puedo trabajar.
  • Su trabajo nos ha permitido seguir viviendo nuestras vidas sin temor a la ruina financiera y poder planificar un futuro. . .
  • . . . Gracias por todo lo que has hecho por mí y por Bill antes de morir. Has sido tan cariñoso. . .