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.


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


  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016-2023

Current Employment Position

  • Associate

What Our Clients Say

  • Brayton Purcell has done a lot of work for me and I appreciate very much what you’ve done, what everyone has done…Thank you very, very much and I appreciate everything that has been done.
  • I just wanted to thank you so very much for all the work that you’ve done for us. This has allowed me to help my daughter an awful lot…This allowed me to buy her her first home, also put away a savings bond and started a little annuity for her. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this had you not worked so hard to get the monies that you did. I just want to let you know I really appreciate it.
  • On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for the way your firm handled my late husband’s case. Everyone that I dealt with was courteous, patient, and prompt in responding to my questions and concerns. Thank you very much for the excellent job, and most of all for your support during the process. Your guidance and the resolution to our case has brought closure to a difficult chapter in my life.
  • When The Brayton-Purcell Firm took my case I had almost given up hope of ever getting before a jury. I had a difficult and long standing case and had already been with two firms. Brayton-Purcell attorney Jason Rose worked closely with me, keeping me updated and giving me access to him which gave me a feeling of having someone truly on my side; a feeling that they were putting their whole effort into my case. Just getting this case a court date was an amazing feat. When we went to trial I met Gil Purcell and watched these two work professionally against great odds. They knew what they were doing, knew how to adapt to issues as they came up and all the while helped me hold up. We received a terrific verdict and are now in the appeal process. I have confidence that the Brayton-Purcell appellate team will be as competent and compassionate for me as my trial team was. Coming together with this firm has brought me a sense of confidence and peace that I wasn’t sure I was going to get a chance to feel.
  • I’d like to thank Brayton & Purcell for all the work your firm has done for me. I have asbestosis and without Brayton Purcell representing me the likelihood of getting compensated by asbestos manufacturers and the material suppliers of asbestos products would be zero. The law partners who run the show already know this, but I am going to write it down anyway. Every contact I had with anyone at Brayton Purcell LLP be it phone, fax, email and or personally, I’ve been treated courteously and promptly by your great employees.
  • From my first contact with your firm, I have been treated with respect, compassion, and in a most professional manner. …Nothing will ever take away this pain of loss but the settlement will help provide since I have health problems and am unable to work.
  • Your work has allowed us to continue to live our lives without fear of financial ruin and to be able to plan a future. . .
  • . . .Thank you for all you have done for me and for Bill before he died. You have been so caring. . .