Heidi Alder

Practice Areas

Heidi specializes in school law. She provides guidance on education-related legal topics such as FERPA, student data privacy, appropriate use of social media for teachers, first amendment rights for teachers and students, and due process rights for teachers and students. She also advises clients on employment matters, policy drafting, and special education laws and regulations. Prior to her current practice, Heidi was worked at the Utah State Office of Education as a School Law and an Investigator/Prosecutor for the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission.

Heidi has a Level 3 Teaching License and began her career as a junior high history teacher in Davis District. She then attended BYU Law School, where she graduated magnum cum laude in 2005.

In addition to providing legal services to LEAs, Heidi spends a great deal of time during the legislative session tracking legislation, working with legislators to draft education bills, and training clients on applicable new laws at the conclusion of the session. Heidi also serves as the vice-chair of the Children’s Justice Center State Advisory Board, sits on the State Student Policy User’s Group for Data Privacy Protection, and is vice chair of the Education Section of Utah State Bar. She also teaches as an adjunct professor in the USU Education Leadership program.


  • Attorney, Lear & Lear, PLLC, (of counsel) Salt Lake City, Utah (2014-present)
  • Part-time General Counsel, Weber School District (2014-present)
  • School Law Specialist and Investigator/Prosecutor and UPPAC Executive Secretary, Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City, Utah (2011-2014)
  • Utah State University adjunct professor in Education Leadership Program (2017-present)
  • Teacher, Vista Residential Treatment Center (2008-2011)
  • Intern Attorney, University of Utah General Counsel Office (2008)
  • Attorney, Snow Christensen & Martineau (2005-2008)
  • Teacher, Farmington Junior High (1999-2002)


  • J. Reuben Clark School of Law, (magnum cum laude, 2002-2005)
  • Utah State University (B.A., English/History, cum laude)

Civic Involvement

  • Legal Aide Clinic (2002-2005)
  • Big Bother, Big Sisters (2005-2010)
  • Wasatch Youth Detention Center Volunteer (2005- 2010)
  • Young Lawyers Division Volunteer (2012-2013)
  • Civic Bar Volunteer (2014)
  • Children’s Justice Center Board and Vice Chair (Member since 2011; Vice Chair since 2016)
  • Education Law Section of the Utah Bar, Vice Chair (Member since 2005; Vice Chair since 2016)

Utah Supreme Court
United States District Court for the District of Utah


Phone: 801-883-8001

Email: heidi.alder@learlaw.com


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Office Locations

808 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Phone: 801-538-5000
Fax: 801-538-5001