Heather Steinmiller serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Conner Strong & Buckelew. In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Steinmiller provides support to the Commercial Lines Division by providing daily advice on coverage issues and legal trends. In addition, she assists our 22 member Claims Department in advocating for coverage on challenging claims to ensure our clients receive maximum coverage under their insurance program. Steinmiller also spearheads Conner Strong & Buckelew’s client seminar programs, which include training on hot topics and an insurance 101 series for in-house financial and legal professionals.
Before joining Conner Strong & Buckelew, Steinmiller served as in-house employment counsel for a publicly-traded company with assets worth over $49 billion and 15,000 employees. In that role, she provided daily advice on labor and employment matters and served as the company’s first and only in-house labor and employment counsel. In 2007, Steinmiller was one of two in-house lawyers who assisted in the acquisition of that company, which was recognized by American Lawyer as one of the Big Deals of 2007.
Steinmiller began her career as a member of the Employment, Benefits, and Labor Practice Group of Blank Rome LLP where she represented public and private employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies concerning all aspects of employment and labor law. In addition, she represented a variety of public entities with bid procedures, contracting, and sunshine law compliance. Specifically, she represented a large public school where she assisted in revising its Code of Student Conduct and its discipline procedures.
St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana – B.A. degree
Villanova University School of Law – Law degree, graduated cum laude, admitted to practice in PA and NJ
As a mayoral appointee, Steinmiller currently serves on the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board, and chairs its Customer Satisfaction Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Forum for Executive Women and the Board of Trustees for the Knowledge is Power Program (“KIPP”) Charter Schools in Philadelphia where she serves on the Executive Committee and Chairs the Trailblazing Committee. Steinmiller also serves as a member of the National Advisory Council of First Book and volunteers her time with the Support Center for Child Advocates representing abused and neglected children. In 2013, The Support Center named her a Distinguished Advocate and in 2006, the Pennsylvania Bar Association awarded Steinmiller the Annual Pro Bono Award for her exceptional contribution to improving civil legal aid in Pennsylvania.