Join local attorney Heidi Meinzer to explore the many ways your practice touches on animal law. Heidi will go over the sources of animal law and the way that animals impact a wide range of areas of practice. This presentation will also take a closer look at dogs and how the law perceives them. Heidi will end with an overview of the animal related bills that passed and failed in the 2019 General Assembly session.
Presenter: Heidi Meinzer
In 2000, Heidi graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and began her legal career as a public defender in Alexandria. After six years in the Office of the Public Defender, she became a civil litigator for a law firm in Arlington County. While at the firm, Heidi’s practice naturally gravitated to animal law. In 2013, Heidi’s animal law practice expanded sufficiently to enable her to establish her own law firm in Alexandria.
As Heidi’s animal law practice has developed, she has focused her efforts to companion animal law issues and civic service. Heidi has served in numerous leadership roles, including as Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section and on companion animal law related work groups organized by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Heidi currently serves on the boards of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Inc. Since 2011, Heidi has also worked as a dog trainer and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Nose Work Instructor in 2013.
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