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Heather Thomas, Esq.

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Overview

Heather Thomas, Esq., focuses her practice on birth injury and medical malpractice cases. She came to Spangenberg Shibley & Liber from Morgan & Morgan P.A., where she successfully built a national birth injury department.

Heather was born and raised on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in nursing from The University of Akron and her Master of Science in nurse anesthesia from Case Western Reserve University. Heather began her anesthesia career specializing in sports medicine and was a main anesthesia provider for Cleveland professional sports teams. She then expanded her practice to general surgery, spine, liver, heart, vascular, obstetrics, plastics, pediatrics, and outpatient procedures as well as regional pain management. Within her anesthesia practice, Heather attended and provided care in nearly one thousand births and over 10,000 surgical procedures and has personally witnessed the catastrophes that can result from negligent care.

After 20 years of practicing within medicine, Heather decided to turn her lifetime dedication to patient advocacy toward the practice of law. She received her Juris Doctor from Cleveland State School of Law with a full Dean’s scholarship, Cali high excellence award, and Dean’s honor list. In addition to her Juris Doctorate, Heather also graduated with certifications in Health Law Policy and Health Care Compliance. Additionally, she was the president of the health law society.

Heather clerked under 8th District Court of Appeals Judge E. Gallagher .

Additionally, Heather has worked as a medical-legal consultant/expert for a variety of high-profile plaintiff's firms and has proven to be key to the investigatory process.

Heather is also the wife of an Army Lt. Col. and the mother of 3 daughters, including a 22-year-old daughter in the Army National Guard. Heather has a deeply rooted connection to veterans and volunteers on one of the only veteran alternative treatment courts in the region. She is also active in volunteering with veteran organizations.

Heather's background as a healthcare provider, mother, advocate, medical expert, and attorney puts her in a unique position to provide an exemplary and thorough understanding of her clients’ situations.

Lectures

Multiple lectures and presentations for education of attorneys on variety of medical issues to include:

  • reading and interpretation of fetal heart strips, radiology scans and interpretations, optimization of patients prior to procedure, lab values, standard of care, brachial plexus anatomy and requirements, missed diagnosis, as well as many more.

Practice Areas

  • Birth Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death

Awards & Recognition

  • Certificate in Health Care Compliance
  • Certificate in Health Law Policy
  • Full Dean’s scholarship
  • Cali high excellence

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Memberships

  • American Association of Justice
  • Cleveland Metro Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • WKT Inn of Courts
  • Women in Law Association
  • CM Health Law Society (former president)
  • The Ohio Bar
  • Justinian Forum (Italian American Lawyers)
  • Irish American Lawyer Association
  • SCCE

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State College of Law
  • University of Akron

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