Heather Pedersen

Lead Attorney


I am originally from a small town in Wisconsin, near Eau Claire. I married a young man from my hometown and when I was eighteen, we moved to Orlando, Florida, which was the first stop in his military career in the US Navy. We moved several times during his career- Idaho, New York, and Virginia twice. During the majority of those years, I stayed at home with the children and provided a stable environment throughout relocations, etc.

While in Virginia for the second time, I experienced a divorce and started my life anew. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at Old Dominion University and majored in both finance and economics in the business school. I realized my passion for economics and excelled academically such that I was able to participate in a competition before the Federal Reserve Board in Richmond, alongside a few specially selected colleagues. Old Dominion sent two small teams to compete before the Federal Reserve Board. My team took first place in the presentation before the Board. This was a significant accomplishment for the university and demonstrated the value of an education at Old Dominion, as well as its professors.

My experience before the Federal Reserve Board affirmed my desire to pursue a career in economic analysis. I planned to earn a PhD in economics and hoped to put it to use at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, which was not far from where I was raised.

During my undergraduate education and as a single parent, I began working in a law office. Ironically, due to my achievements in accounting during my undergraduate degree, a local law firm found me by contacting the school seeking a student who excelled in accounting. I was hired to manage the books at a law firm. I credit this experience as the beginning of my learning process in the law. This job expanded and I learned to work on real estate transactions and my skill set continued to develop. I finished my education at Old Dominion and sought to enroll in a PhD Program.

At the same time, I continued to raise my children. It was at that time I began to understand exactly what a “relocation case” was all about. My ex-husband remained in Virginia and did not agree with the children moving to Minneapolis with me. I decided I needed to change my career path.

By this time, I had been working for several years at another law firm in Newport News. Once I completed my undergraduate degree, I was ready to move on to my next goal. I learned the value of education from my maternal grandmother, who graduated college at a time and place where women did not always have those opportunities. I credit my grandmother for planting in my head- “get your education!” I remember hearing those words from her so many times as I was growing up. I determined that an undergraduate education wasn’t enough for me- I resolved that I would obtain a doctorate level education. I enrolled in the law degree program at Regent University, obtained my bar license, and eventually started my own law practice in 2008.

I experienced many trials during the early years of my education, including having my divorce being appealed to the Court of Appeals of Virginia while I was in law school. (Boedeker v. Larson, 44 Va. App. 508) I did not understand the reason for all of these experiences at the time, but I know now that all of them served to make me a better family law attorney. I gained an understanding not only of divorce, but also custody, and matters related specifically to military divorce. These events have made me the knowledgeable and caring attorney I am today.

I remarried and my husband is now a retired Army officer. I am a proud parent with three children enrolled in Carter County schools in Elizabethton, Tennessee. My husband teaches JROTC at Elizabethton high school. My family and I, including three dogs and three cats, reside in Roan Mountain and enjoy the mountain views from our deck.

Dedicated to continuing education, I have served as an adjunct professor at William & Mary School of Law. I am currently a doctoral candidate, and am nearing the completion of my  PhD in Criminal Justice. I am licensed to practice in Virginia and Tennessee and serve clients with offices in both locations.

I look forward to getting to know you and helping you and your family through whatever legal challenges you may be experiencing.


Bachelor’s Degree at Old Dominion University, Finance and Economics

Regent University, Juris Doctor

Capella University, PhD Candidate


Heather is the owner of Pedersen Law, PLLC in Williamsburg, Virginia. She is licensed to practice in Virginia and Tennessee. The focus of Ms. Pedersen's Williamsburg law practice is matters related to family law, which includes divorce, custody, parenting time, support, estate planning, adoption, and issues related to military divorce situations. In 2023, Ms. Pedersen opened Behrmann Law in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, a DBA of Pedersen Law, PLLC.  Behrmann Law is named as such since her married name is Behrmann, although she professionally uses Pedersen much of the time.

Recently, Heather served as counsel for a client with a Petition before the Supreme Court of Virginia, Yourko v. Yourko. She, along with her associate attorney Kyle Burcham, prevailed on this very difficult and precedential case. To learn more about this case and hear oral arguments made by Heather in front of the Supreme Court of Virginia, click here.

Aside from managing two associate attorneys, a law clerk,  and support staff, Ms. Pedersen has a very active practice, but also believes in staying abreast of local and statewide legal matters. She is a member of the Williamsburg Bar Association, the Virginia Mountain Valley Lawyers Association, the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, the Estate Planning Section of the Tennessee Bar, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee State Bar and Alpha Sigma Phi, the Criminal Justice Honor Society.


What our past and current clients are saying about our practice. 

Adam L.

Former Client
Heather and her team were attentive to my family needs. Heather’s law knowledge, timely communication, passion, and understanding of the situation is why I highly recommend using Heather for any litigation needs you might have. I am very appreciative of Heather and her team.

Courtney C.

Former Client
I hired Heather as my attorney on a couple of different situations. She is very firm and definitely stands by her clients. She put me at ease every single time and the outcome always ended in my favor. The office staff are also amazing and friendly. I would never hire anyone other than Heather for any other future cases. She is amazing and personable.

Melissa C.

Former Client
Heather is an outstanding attorney who has expertly navigated my divorce case. She is thorough, articulate, and has a great deal of compassion. She has understood every aspect of my case and has been extremely responsive to my concerns. She has had my best interests at heart while offering strategic guidance through a very challenging season. I am honored to have her on my side.