Ms. Heitger is a member of the firm’s Governing Committee and focuses her practice solely on workers’ compensation insurance defense. She has extensive experience in handling all aspects of the defense of a workers’ compensation matter, including preparation of documents associated with controverted claims and handling such cases to conclusion, handling hearings, trials, depositions and settlements. She handles cases involving all levels of complexity. Ms. Heitger’s experience also includes legal research and preparing Memoranda of Law, Applications for Board Review, Rebuttals to Applications for Board Review. Additionally, she has extensive experience in appellate work with the preparing and filing of Appellant Briefs, Respondent Briefs, and oral arguments at the Appellate Division, Third Department. She is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation matters across the state both in person and virtually. Ms. Heitger has developed a particular focus on the Medical Treatment Guidelines, prescription and opiate issues, and the Drug Formulary, presenting on those topics across the state to clients, other attorneys and medical groups. She has mentored many new associates at Hamberger and Weiss LLP and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethics. Ms. Heitger is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York Self-Insurers’ Association, the Buffalo Claims Association, the Bar Association of Erie County and was a former Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County. Prior to moving to Buffalo, New York, from Toledo, Ohio, she spent two years as an associate with the law firm of Dorcas & Associates, as well as an Assistant Prosecutor and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Sylvania, Ohio. The fast pace of the prosecutor’s office led to a smooth transition into the fast pace of the Workers’ Compensation system.