Heather K. Brickman

Partner & Chair, Corporate Practice Group  |  View Latest Posts



Contact/Location
Office: Arlington Heights
hbrickman@hlerk.com
847-670-9000 (office)
847-670-7334‬ (fax)

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EDUCATION
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., High Honors, 1991

—Frederick Green Moot Court, Outstanding Oral Advocate
—Rickert Award for Excellence
—American Jurisprudence Award

Illinois Wesleyan University, B.S., Natural Sciences, cum laude, 1988
Heather Brickman is the chair of the firm’s Corporate/Board Governance Practice Group, and concentrates her practice in governance issues, including policies and transparency compliance, as well as corporate matters from finance and transactions to employee benefit plans. Heather’s decades of experience in working with clients on matters both routine and unexpected make her a valued consultant and thought partner. Whether advising clients on planned technology contracting issues or brainstorming solutions for emergency procurement or temporary staffing arrangements, Heather facilitates a legally compliant, workable approach.

Heather believes the best partnerships with clients foster innovation and efficiency through frank advice and achievable legal options. Her long-standing commitment to education goes beyond her legal practice; for nearly 30 years, Heather has dedicated time to training school leaders, serving in leadership positions in school associations at state and national levels, and volunteering on various boards benefitting students and the wider education community.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys cooking from archival recipes, playing ensemble music, and spending time with her husband and college-age children.



  • Illinois Association of School Boards, Policy Advisory Committee, Member

  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Member, 1991– Present

    • Executive Committee, Member and Past Chair

    • Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) Working Group, Member, 2021 – Present

    • Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, Member, 2021-present

    • Ethics Committee, Member

    • Student Records Committee, Member



  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member, 1991– Present,

  • Membership Committee, Member, 2018 – Present



  • Elementary and High School PTSO Boards, 2008 – 2020

  • Education Foundation Board, 2011 – 2014

  • Arts in the Schools, Volunteer, 2001 – 2008

  • Villa Park Library Board, Trustee, 1997 – 2001



  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2017 – Present



  • Unpacking SOPPA, Understanding and Implementing the Student Online Personal Protection Act, Hodges Loizzi, Workshops, 2021

  • Guide to Illinois Statutes Affecting Schools, Financial Affairs, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Contributor, 2020

  • Conflict of Interest and Incompatible Offices, Vacancies on the Board of Education, Referendum Activities Conducted by School Officials, Student Records, and SOPPA, Illinois Council of School Attorneys FAQs, Contributor, 2018

  • TRS Salary Caps, Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, Workshop, co-presenter, 2018

  • You GATA Get With the Program, the New Grant Accountability and Transparency Act, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Seminar, 2018

  • FAQs: Referendum Activities Conducted by School Officials, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Publication, 2017

  • Confidentiality Laws, Hodges Loizzi, In-service, 2017

  • You Did What?!?! Board Member and Staff E-Communication, IASB-IASA-IASBO Joint Conference, co-presenter, 2015

  • Are We There Yet? The Long Trip to Health Reform Implementation, Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, Seminar, co-presenter, 2014

  • Google This: E-Privacy in School Technology, IASB-IASA-IASBO Joint Conference, co-presenter, 2014

  • Decoding the ACA: Provide EHB for All FTE or Risk QHP in the SHOP, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Seminar, co-presenter, 2013

  • Fiduciary Duties of School Board Members, IASB-IASA-IASBO Joint Conference, co-presenter, 2013