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Heather A. Steinmiller

Managing Director, Claims & General Counsel

hsteinmiller@connerstrong.com

Responsibilities

Heather Steinmiller serves as Managing Director of Claims Services and Legal. In addition to her corporate responsibilities as General Counsel, Steinmiller provides support to the Commercial Lines Division by providing daily advice on coverage issues and legal trends.  In addition, she leads our 30 member Claims Department in ensuring our clients minimize their risk and maximize recovery under their insurance program by advocating for coverage on challenging claims.  Steinmiller also provides educational training for our clients on a variety of hot topics through Conner Strong & Buckelew’s educational training program.

Background

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 disciplinary procedures.

Education

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

Community Involvement

Steinmiller is a member of the Forum for Executive Women and the Board of Directors of Bancroft.  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 2016, after an extensive interview process, the President of the United States Barack Obama appointed Steinmiller to the inaugural Board of Directors for the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers, pending Senate approval.  Steinmiller formerly served 2 terms on the Board of Trustees for the Knowledge is Power Program (“KIPP”) Charter Schools in Philadelphia where she served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Trailblazing Committee.

Steinmiller has been recognized for legal excellence and distinguished community involvement by the Philadelphia Business Journal, the New Jersey Business Journal, the Support Center for Child Advocates and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.