Gail Heatherly is currently an adjunct professor of trial practice and the bureau chief of the criminal prosecutions bureau at the Office of the New York State Attorney General.
Prior to that, she was the director of academic counseling at Columbia Law School. She has also taught trial practice and other courses at Fordham Law School for the last 17 years. For 14 years, she was a senior prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney's office. She was a homicide assistant, and also was the domestic violence supervisor in her trial bureau.
She was formerly a member of the sex crimes prosecution unit. Prior to coming to the district attorney's office, she worked in the litigation department at a large law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. There, she created and administered a pro bono program representing battered women, as well as supervised associates working on a wide variety of other pro bono cases, including housing rights, prisoner's rights, and other issues involving impoverished clients.
She received her J.D. from New York Law School in 1986 and her B.S from University of Missouri in 1982.