Heather F. Harper
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
Professor Harper is the supervising attorney for the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic in the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent. Professor Harper is active in Chicago's startup community and serves as a mentor at 1871, an entrepreneurial hub for digital startups.
The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic represents entrepreneurs in transactional matters common to growth companies, including but not limited to choice of entity and entity formation, contract review and drafting, corporate governance issues, review of leases, researching legal issues as appropriate, and trademark searches and filing.
Before joining the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 2012, Professor Harper was a legal adviser to two local start-ups—a venture-backed company in the payments industry and an internet retailer that was number 94 on the Inc. 500 in 2009. Professor Harper advised these businesses on transactional matters, including drafting and reviewing service agreements, vendor contracts, purchase and sale agreements, and leases. She also counseled these companies on entity formation, marketing practices, and trademark issues.
Professor Harper worked as a banking and financial transactions attorney at Sidley Austin LLP, where her practice focused on structured finance and commercial lending. Professor Harper represented financial-guarantee insurance companies in intellectual property-driven whole business securitizations. Professor Harper also represented financial institutions in revolving credit facilities and term securitizations.
Professor Harper worked at Paul Hastings as a real estate attorney, where she represented wind energy companies in wind farm developments and traditional real estate companies with the acquisition and disposition of real estate. Prior to joining the Chicago-Kent faculty, she served as the associate director of the Center for Real Estate Law at The John Marshall Law School.
Professor Harper graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University with a B.A. in American studies and political science. She received her law degree from Boston College Law School, where she was elected to Order of the Coif.
Professor Harper is licensed in the state of Illinois. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and Women in Planning + Development (former president and professional development co-chair).