Justin Heather is the Deputy Director of Business Development, where he assists companies looking to expand in, or relocate to, Illinois. He joined the Department as General Counsel and Ethics Officer in April 2015.
Prior to joining the Department, Justin spent approximately 14 years in private practice with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and in a boutique setting. His experience includes cross-border litigation, domestic and international arbitration, internal and government investigations, and commercial and transactional matters.
Justin is the recipient of several awards, including the ABA Young Lawyers Division National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and The Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and his A.B. from Dartmouth College. He is admitted to the Bars of State of Illinois; the U.S. Supreme Court; the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals; and the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois. Justin currently lives in Chicago.