Heather T. Sprague

Associate

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  • JD, summa cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 2010; Suffolk University Law Review
  • BA, Dickinson College, 2001

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2011
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association

Heather T. Sprague

Associate

Heather joined the litigation department in 2011. She has experience litigating an array of complex commercial disputes in both state and federal court, including matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, financial fraud, insider trading, class action defense and numerous common law issues.  Heather is responsible for conducting all aspects of trial preparation and discovery, drafting motions and briefs, interviewing witnesses, and counseling clients on litigation and regulatory risks before active issues arise.  She also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Heather was a legal fellow at South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS) in Southeastern Massachusetts, where she represented clients in trial court and at administrative hearings and served as a staff attorney for the pilot Medical-Legal Partnership between SCCLS and two partner hospitals.

Experience

  • Currently representing investors and trustees in multiple residential mortgage-backed securities repurchase actions in state trial and appellate courts.
  • Part of a trial team that represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of a multibillion-dollar oil and gas exploration and production company that filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in multiparty litigation before the bankruptcy court, responsible for all aspects of expert preparation and related arguments.
  • Represented publicly traded company in federal securities litigation involving claims of insider trading, fraud, and accounting misconduct allegedly caused by improper recognition of revenue for software products and support services.
  • Represented an advertising company in a highly publicized multi-district litigation consolidated in Delaware federal court, in which putative class alleged violations of federal computer fraud statutes and privacy violations; successfully defended dismissal of claims on appeal to Third Circuit; and successfully opposed claimants’ petition for writ of certiorari seeking Supreme Court review of the Third Circuit’s decision. 
  • Represented a large health care services company in state and federal court litigation involving a dispute over a joint venture, including preparation and conduct of pleadings, procedural motion practice, discovery, and settlement mediation. 
  • Represented a leading medical technology company against a qui tam lawsuit alleging violations of the False Claims Act, including successful defense of dismissal before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Conducted internal investigations and coordinated related responses to government inquiries focusing on matters relating to the False Claims Act, the federal and various states securities laws, and multiple states’ consumer protection laws.
  • Pro bono representations have included successful representation of asylum seekers fleeing from persecution; obtaining permanent residence for unaccompanied minors; securing a favorable settlement in a housing litigation; regularly serving as Lawyer for the Day at Suffolk Probate and Family Court; and regularly advising a non-profit organization that works with disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans.

Publications

  • Harvey Wolkoff and Heather Sprague , “Business Litigation,”MCLE Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, 3rd Edition, 1st Supplement 2016 (January 2017)
  • Gregg Weiner, Brian Shaughnessy, Heather Sprague and Caitlin Giaimo, “The Duty To Supplement Expert Reports: Part 1 and 2,” Law360 (January 5, 2017)
  • Heather Sprague and Harvey Wolkoff, "Business Litigation," MCLE Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions (January 2015)

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Representing Clients With Mental Illness: New Developments and Strategies,” Boston Bar Association (February 2012)