It was an internship in college at a domestic violence shelter that piqued Heather Hartoin’s interest in law. She was actually double majoring in physical therapy and psychology at Valparaiso University in Indiana, but, while interning, she became fascinated with the legal side of what the families at the shelter were going through.
On a whim, she applied to a few law schools while also applying to graduate schools. She was accepted to Valparaiso University School of Law and knew that was where she needed to be. “I fell in love with the law and knew right away I was in the right field,” she shared.
Her first job out of law school was with Tippecanoe County in Indiana, working as a deputy prosecuting attorney. She never lost interest in the medical field, and, with her background in physical therapy, she decided to change paths and move into a different area of law. She landed a job with Allstate Insurance Company and Encompass Insurance in the Indianapolis Staff Counsel office as in-house counsel, where she defended both first-party and third-party claims.
She moved to South Carolina in 2010, and she met John Price shortly after teaching a semester at the Charleston School of Law. At this point, she has been with the John Price Law Firm for 10 years.
“What do I love about the John Price Law Firm? We are truly a family, and we not only treat our team members as such, but also our clients,” she explained. “I’m a fixer, and I love helping people, so working in personal injury is the perfect path for me.”
She admitted that she is often working with people during some of the toughest times of their lives. “They don’t know where to turn. I can’t undo what happened to them, but I can help them find a resolution, and that is rewarding.”
She said it is important that her clients realize that they are not just a name on a file to her. Whether they had a minor accident or are dealing with something catastrophic, she said she will guide her clients through the process and that the ultimate goal is for them to find peace and a resolution they can live with.
“This is someone’s life, and I take that seriously. We all have a story to tell. My job is to help my clients find closure after something awful has happened to them because someone else was negligent.”
Hartoin works in the Summerville office of the John Price Law Firm. They also have offices in North Charleston and Myrtle Beach. They handle personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, medical negligence and employment discrimination.