Portrait Photograph of Personal Injury Lawyer Heather Gagnier

Heather Gagnier

Associate Lawyer

Heather is an associate at Beckett. She works in the sexual abuse department.

Heather was born and raised in Hinton, Alberta. Prior to attending law school, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Surrey in England and a Master of Arts from New York University. Her current practice at Beckett focuses on representing victims of both historical and recent sexual abuse. Heather earned her Juris Doctor with Distinction from the University of Alberta in 2018. She was awarded the George Bligh O’Connor Silver Medal in Law for obtaining the second-highest academic standing in her graduating class and was the recipient of numerous other scholarships and prizes throughout law school. Heather completed her articles at a large regional law firm in Edmonton, Alberta, and was called to the Alberta bar in 2019. While at the University of Alberta, Heather volunteered with Student Legal Services and Pro Bono Law Alberta, serving as a teaching assistant for the first-year Legal Research and Writing class, completed internships at the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Alberta Court of Appeal, co-authored an academic journal on the topic of privilege and evidence law, and worked as a research assistant for Professor Peter Sankoff. She also developed a keen interest in courtroom advocacy through active participation in the University of Alberta’s competitive mooting program. Heather was the winner of the Faculty’s in-house Brimacombe Moot competition in her second year and went on to compete at the Wilson Moot, a national constitutional law moot court competition. She also placed first and was awarded the Dickson Medal for the best individual oralist at the 2018 Gale Cup, a national criminal law moot court competition, after appearing before the Honourable Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of Canada in the finals. Outside of personal injury law, Heather enjoys teaching ballet, staying active, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.