Patricia Louise Nelson (formerly Patricia L. Heatherman) founded her solo law practice in October, 2006.
Before that, she was with the Merrill O’Sullivan, LLP law firm for nearly 12 years, including 7 years as a partner in that firm.
Before moving to Bend, Oregon, in 1995, Patricia graduated from Willamette University College of Law magna cum laude in 1993. She then clerked for the Honorable Judge Edward Leavy of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, Oregon. Since graduating from law school she has served as a board member and the president of Oregon Women Lawyers, a founding board member and president of Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation, a board member and the president of Growing Tree Children Center, a founding member of Cascade Women Lawyers, president of the Deschutes County Bar Association, as a board member and president of ConnectW (formerly the Network of Entrepreneurial Women), a board member of the Spiritual Awareness Community of the Cascades. She is a graduate of Leadership Bend.
In the spring of 2014, she completed a ministerial training course and was ordained as a Minister of Walking Prayer. In 2015 she completed a course to be certified to teach Radical Collaboration. She brings her spiritual walk actively into her law practice.