Heather D. McDowell



Heather joined Ellinger & Carr in 2009 and focuses on complex multi-million dollar commercial loan and real estate transactions and contract negotiations, affordable housing and historic rehabilitation tax credits, franchise negotiations and employment law.
Prior to joining Ellinger & Carr, Heather gained unique experience as a member of the City of New Orleans’ Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (2002 to 2007) before, during and after the destruction, aftermath and rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Heather’s significant efforts in leveraging local, state and federal resources for emergency funding supported the financing of the City’s unprecedented emergency recovery plan.



J.D. and Certificate of European Legal Studies, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2002
-Journal of American Arbitration Staff
-Judicial Extern for Chief Judge William H. Byrnes, III
-Alternative Dispute Resolution Study Abroad, Berlin
-Intellectual Property  Study Abroad, Amsterdam and Geneva
Bachelor of Arts in English and German, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 1999
-Phi Sigma Iota National Honor Society
-Sigma Tau Delta National Honor Society
-Study Abroad: University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany



North Carolina 2010
Louisiana 2004
New York 2003



Co-Chair, North Carolina Bar Association Wills for Heroes Committee, 2013-2015
American Bar Association
American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing
Louisiana State Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association