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Heather Beam focuses her practice on complex design and construction litigation in arbitrations, state court, and federal court. She has successfully represented general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, surveyors, realtors, and brokers in residential, commercial, and highway projects.

Her practice includes the defense of design and construction defects, construction site injuries and fatalities, and allegations of fraud and concealment of defects when properties are sold.

Heather also has experience drafting contracts for design professionals and contractors at the beginning of projects, advising clients during ongoing construction projects when problems arise, and negotiating claims to help her clients avoid litigation. She also handles representing clients in professional licensure board complaints.

Heather prides herself on keeping her clients informed as a case develops. By actively communicating with her clients at each step of the litigation process, she fine-tunes her approach so that she is constantly focusing on the best interests of her clients.

She is also an active member of several professional organizations in Travis County and enjoys speaking on issues that face contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals.

Representative Experience

Obtained multiple dismissals of architects and engineers in lawsuits based on failure to comply with certificate of merit requirement.

Negotiated favorable settlements for general contractor in multiple pre-suit claims and complex lawsuits arising out of alleged defects in luxury high-rise building prior to conducting written discovery or depositions.

Obtained summary judgment for roofing subcontractor in complex construction defect arbitration based on expiration of statute of repose.

Obtained partial judgment on the pleadings for subcontractor in construction defect lawsuit since subcontractor did not owe a legal duty to the property owner.

Negotiated settlement in complex arbitration for materials testing engineer arising out of alleged design and construction defects in a large highway project.

Assisted multiple architects in risk management strategies during active construction projects.

Successful in appeal holding that trial court abused its discretion in denying general contractor’s motion to compel arbitration.

Anderson-Jenkins Signature Homes, Ltd. v. Allen, 2018 WL 6331135 (Tex.App.—San Antonio Dec. 5, 2018, no pet.)

Professional Recognition

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Listed for Construction Law; Litigation – Construction; Product Liability Litigation

Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Star

Listed for Construction Litigation: Business

Austin Monthly Top Attorneys

Listed for Construction

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Education, Admissions & Activities


Campbell University School of Law

J.D., cum laude, 2010
ABA National Moot Court Team
Law Review Comments Editor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A., Political Science and Psychology, 2006

Bar Admissions



North Carolina


Court Admissions

United States District Court of North Carolina

Eastern, Middle, and Western

United States District Court of Texas

Eastern District

Professional and Community Activities

Texas Advocacy Project

Volunteer Legal Line Attorney, 2019-2020

Austin Bar Association

Treasurer, Construction Section, 2024; Construction Law Section Council, 2022-2023

Austin Young Lawyers Association

Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association

North Carolina Judicial District 3B Bar

Vice President, 2017; Secretary and Treasurer, 2016

Craven County Bar Association

President 2014-2015; Secretary and Treasurer, 2013-2014